By now you know that meditation, a form of cognitive training that involves focusing your attention on a particular object, can help you lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
The practice, however, is often criticized for causing a sense of “spiritual numbness” that can also be dangerous.
A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, suggests that meditating can help with both of those symptoms.
They studied over a dozen participants over the course of four months.
All had experienced some form of stress or pain in their lives.
Some had also been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, or had been prescribed antidepressants.
Participants were told they would meditate on a daily basis for 30 minutes and had to adhere to a strict schedule.
After six months, all of them reported feeling less stressed and less anxious, and less depressed, compared to those who did not meditate.
And, despite a few differences in the meditation experience, all reported that the experience led to improved health.
What’s more, the results suggest that mindfulness meditation can be beneficial for all of us.
It’s not just that meditation can help us lose weight, says lead author Michael LeBlanc.
It can also help us feel more at peace and at ease with our lives.
“I think that the key to meditation is not just having an idea of what you’re going to do,” he says.
“It’s actually having the intention and the motivation to do it.”
“It makes sense to me that a person who is very, very mindful, or very,very meditative, would feel more in tune with the world around them,” he adds.
“You can meditate to calm yourself down and to make sure you’re not going to feel overwhelmed, or to feel like you’re living your life and you’re getting more done, or just to make you feel more connected to the world.”
But, as one researcher points out, this research is just one piece of a much larger body of evidence.
LeBlanc says the study’s findings are more than just anecdotal.
“This research provides a wealth of evidence to support the benefits of mindfulness meditation,” he tells Shots.
“There are some very compelling studies that support the benefit of mindfulness in terms of reducing stress, reducing depression, and so forth.
But it’s still early days.
We still need more data to validate these findings.”
So, if you’re struggling with weight loss, how might meditation help?
LeBlann says it depends on your goals.
If you’re trying to lose weight for health reasons, it’s not necessarily a bad idea to try mindfulness meditation.
You may be better off trying a more traditional form of exercise or stretching instead.
But if you are simply trying to feel more relaxed and at peace with your body, meditation might be a good option.
“Meditation is one of the most effective things you can do to help you feel better,” says LeBlany.
“The best way to feel better is to have a clear, clear goal.”
“I would definitely recommend mindfulness meditation for anyone who wants to lose the weight,” says Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a psychiatrist at Yale University.
“That’s a really powerful way to get through the day.”
Meditations are helpful for many reasons.
They can help build your mindfulness, which can help make you more present and more present with the people around you.
They may help you reduce stress and anxiety.
They are an excellent way to learn new skills like mindfulness meditation, and can also reduce your stress levels.
And the results can also improve your health, says Leblanc.
He notes that most people experience some level of health benefits from meditating.
And because mindfulness meditation involves taking time to yourself and to the breath, it can be particularly beneficial for people with anxiety or depression.
So, while it might be tempting to try meditation on a regular basis, you might be better served by focusing on more traditional forms of exercise.
Dr. Kolodany, who recommends mindfulness meditation as part of his standard treatment for anxiety and depression, also points out that it’s important to be aware of any side effects.
“If you’re experiencing some of the benefits that you might see with mindfulness meditation or mindfulness stretching, be aware,” he advises.
“These are potentially very minor side effects that you can’t control, so you should be cautious and cautious about doing things like meditating and doing yoga.”
And remember that mindfulness can be very helpful, too.
Leblanc explains that, for most people, mindfulness meditation is a way to “relax” and to “feel more at home” in their life.
But that doesn’t mean it will help everyone.
“Some people might be able to benefit from it without any problems at all,” he explains.
“But I think it’s really important to take this opportunity to think about the broader health benefits of meditation.”
And if you’d like to find out more about mindfulness meditation and what you can find out about it