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Study shows measurable effects after five days of meditation

A study published in the October 23, 2007 issue of the PNAS journal describes positive results after as little as five days of meditation practice.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, China. The subjects were eighty Chinese students with no former meditation experience. 50 percent of the students were randomly selected to practice a western relaxation technique while the other 50% practiced an eastern form of meditation called Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT, or simply integrated meditation). IBMT is a a form of attention training which emphasizes a state of calm attention focusing on awareness of the body, breathing and on external instructions.

When the study was concluded, both groups scored better on attention and mood tests than they did in the week preceding the training, but, clearly the best performance was seen in the meditation group. Members of this group were also better able to deal with stress, as was shown in blood tests after the performance of a difficult math test. The blood tests showed that members of the meditation group had lower concentrations of the stress hormone and higher concentrations of some antibodies, both strong indicators for a healthy response to stress.

Meditation reflected in pool
Someone's meditation reflected in the water at Wave Hill in the Bronx. The picture is taken by Flickr user Pro-Zak (original).

Do you want to meditate? So do a lot of users on 43 Things. You remember 43 Things, do you? I wrote about them last month. It's a great social site where you can get support and advice on meeting your goals (such as learning to meditate or meditating more regularly).

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