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Researchers Explain the Benefits of Open-Monitoring Meditation

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Brain Sciences, tested how open-monitoring meditation affected brain activity and increased error recognition. This type of meditation involves focusing on feelings, thoughts, or sensations that come into one’s field of awareness.“People’s interest in meditation and mindfulness is outpacing what science can prove in terms of effects and benefits,” said Jeff Lin, MSU psychology doctoral candidate, and study co-author. “But it’s amazing to me that we were able to see how one session of a guided meditation can produce changes to brain activity in non-meditators.” ADVERTISEMENT The study suggests that various types of meditation can impact the brain in unique ways.

Lin explains that, until now, there have been very few studies on the effects of open-monitoring meditation on brain activity.“Some forms of meditation have you focus on a single object, commonly your breath, but open-monitoring meditation is a bit different.

It has you tune inward and pay attention to everything going on in your mind and body. The goal is to sit quietly and pay close attention to where the mind travels without getting too caught up in the scenery.”  -Jeff Lin, MSUBasically, the idea behind any meditation is to increase your awareness.

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