Not meditating yet? There is ever-increasing evidence suggesting that the best time to start (as the saying goes) was twenty years ago. If not, then start now – literally! New research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests that meditation positively influences the amygdala’s capacity to process and regulate emotion. And this occurs even when meditation is not formally being practiced.
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Arizona, Boston University, the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and Emory University discovered that subjects who participated in an eight-week meditation course demonstrated diminished activity in the amygdala when presented with images meant to provoke negative emotions. This suggests that mediation helps people manage stress more effectively and maintain a more even-keel in relation to their emotions. Who wouldn’t benefit from such experience!!
Jeff Ross, MA RCC
Jeff is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and sees clients in Vancouver (Yaletown Counselling) and North Vancouver, BC, Canada. In addition to couples counselling / marriage counselling, he supports individuals with such issues as depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, grief and bereavement, career and educational issues as well as growth and development.
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