Meditation Keeps Emotions in Check
Mindfulness, or mindful meditation, which is rooted in prayer and religious practice—specifically Buddhism—has recently gained popularity. According to supporters, maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, sensations, and environment can improve health in a number of ways.
A recent study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows that mindful meditation can be a way to control negative emotions. The study involved 68 women who had never practiced mindfulness. Participants attended one of two 18-minute activities—one group listened to guided meditation, and the other group attended a language-learning session.
Following each activity, participants were shown disturbing images while brain activity was measured and recorded using EEG. They then were asked to complete a questionnaire about their emotions. According to researchers, people who attended the meditation session were able to control negative emotions caused by looking at the disturbing images faster than people in the other study group.
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