Scientific studies on how meditation affects heart, brain, and creativity
A recent Ted Talk blog looks at the science and practice of meditation.
"Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience," writes Ted blogger Kate Torgovnick. "But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I know that I’m supposed to be letting all thoughts go, more and more fly through my mind. Soon I have a laundry-list of “to-dos” in my head … and then my legs fall asleep. It’s all downhill from there."
While many of us are familiar with this sort of frustration, Torgovnick finds resolve in a recent Ted Talk by Andy Puddicombe, cofounder of Headspace. She also finds resolve in recent studies about the benefits of a meditation practice.
To watch Puddicombe's Ted Talk and to view a summary of recent studies connecting meditation, health, and creativity, read the Ted Talk blog post.
[Photo: screenshot of Andy Puddicombe's Ted Talk, "All it Takes is Ten Minutes"]