The Emotional Benefits of Meditation

Study Shows Emotional Benefits of Meditation

Over the last decade there has been an increasing interest in discovering what causes ill health. One apparent cause that is often cited is the emotional state of the person. There are many ways of dealing with emotional issues, counselling, hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique to name but a few. More recently meditation has been added to the list. 

 

A recent study published in the Journal of Emotions (2012) examined the emotional changes that can result from meditation practice and emotional intelligence training, by delivering a program to 82 female participants over 8 weeks.

The program covered 42 hours of meditation and emotion regulation training and included educational presentations, discussions related to emotions and life philosophies, and different secular meditations and contemplative skills. The participants were randomly assigned to either a training group or wait-list control group.

The study aimed to see how contemplative practice could reduce “destructive enactment of emotions,” and enhance pro-social responses through the development of emotional states such as compassion.

The study revealed that combining different meditation traditions was effective on many of the measures. The content of the program combined techniques from concentration meditation, mindfulness meditation, as well mettā meditation….More at You Don't Have to be Buddhist to Experience the Benefits of Meditation 

With the more wildly held belief that negative emotions can have a detrimental effect on our health, a study such is this that is able to show the benefits of meditation on the emotions can only be a positive move forward.

The group of women who took part in the trial were all teachers, who held stressful jobs. After this intensive meditation program the teachers were deemed to be less stressed and also less anxious and depressed. All of the teachers, who were new to meditation, showed more compassion and awareness as a result of the study

 

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