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Come on, admit it. You’re just like me.
If you haven’t tried meditation, you’ve thought about it. Maybe you have a stressful job or just s stressful life.
Or you’ve finally reached a point in your life where you have time to try something new.
You are perfect as you are; and you could use a little improvement. via Chogyam Trungpa
If you do meditate, and this is how you would be like me, you know more would probably be better.
Well, I have good news for both of us. We don’t have to spend hours on a cushion, cross-legged, focused and upright, repeating a mantra over and over again, ad bloody nauseum.
There are both older and newer models of meditation that are suggested to benefit us in a much shorter period.
Mindfulness and Integrative Body Mind Training
Mindfulness meditation has been around a couple of months longer than forever and is practiced by millions. It is the simple focus on the breath and noticing when we are thinking or, as Thich Nhat Hanh would tell us, lost in thought.
The other – newer – model is called integrative mind body training. See my article on integrative body mind training for more details.
Here is the good news. Newer studies now seem to demonstrate a measurable positive effect from either of these within a week. Both studies were based on people doing the respective practice 3x a week for 20 minutes per session.
Surprisingly, the benefits may be achievable even without all the work. Though it sounds almost like an advertisement for a “miracle” weight-loss product, new research now suggests that the mind may be easier to cognitively train than we previously believed. Psychologists studying the effects of a meditation technique known as “mindfulness ” found that meditation-trained participants showed a significant improvement in their critical cognitive skills (and performed significantly higher in cognitive tests than a control group) after only four days of training for only 20 minutes each day.
“In the behavioral test results, what we are seeing is something that is somewhat comparable to results that have been documented after far more extensive training,” said Fadel Zeidan, a post-doctoral researcher at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and a former doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Something to Remember
First thought coming to my mind after reading this, ‘o boy, a week and I’m done!’
This ain’t no magic bullet, it is a practice. So, for continued effect, you don’t get to do it for a week and figure, well, I’ve got it now, I can quit. Sorry!
Hot off the Press
Hot off the press is more good news. Sharon Begley, science writer for Newsweek, pretty much debunked much of my last post on the 6Cs. But not entirely. The two practices that her research shows to be effective for both brain and body are meditation and physical exercise. One powerful fact she reports is that daily exercise for a seventy-year-old can help make the brain as supple as a 30 year old. That’s pretty good news.We expect that the older we get, the smarter we should be. If not smarter, then at the very least, wiser. At the same time, we worry about old command central, our big, beautiful brains.
So this is really good news!