How Beneficial is Mindfulness?

The initial enthusiasm for mindfulness and meditation as the way to optimal physical and mental health has waned somewhat, and has even triggered skepticism. It seems that the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and meditation have been overstated, by both scientists and journalists. Here's an article that summarizes two decades of research on this topic. Here is what we do know:

  • Meditation almost certainly does sharpen your attention.
  • Long-term, consistent meditation does seem to increase resiliency to stress.
  • Meditation does appear to increase compassion. It also makes our compassion more effective.
  • Meditation does seem to improve mental health—but it’s not necessarily more effective than other steps you can take.
  • Mindfulness could have a positive impact on your relationships.
  • Mindfulness seems to reduce many kinds of bias.
  • Meditation does have an impact on physical health—but it’s modest. Meditators may exercise more or have higher education, for example.
  • Meditation might not be good for everyone all the time. Some people experience negative consequences to meditation.
  • What kind of meditation is right for you? That depends. "The type of meditation matters. Each practice appears to create a distinct mental environment, the long-term consequences of which are only beginning to be explored.”
  • How much meditation is enough? That also depends. "Try out different durations, types, and frequencies of meditation and jot down how you feel before and after the practice—and see what seems to work for you."

This is a well written, easy-to-read article, summarizing what we know about mindfulness and meditation.


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