Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Meditation and Mental Health

In the June 2013 issue of the Natural Medicine Journal, author Tina Kaczor discusses a study involving meditation and mental health.  There were 39 participants (average age 60.3 years old) that completed the 8 week study.  Each participant had mild depression and were caregivers to loved ones with dementia.  The intervention group (23 people) did 12 minutes daily of kundalini yoga based (kirtan kriya) meditation while the placebo group (16 people) listened each day to a 12 minute relaxation CD.   The intervention/meditation group were found to have significantly greater improvements in depression and their mental health at the end of the 8 week study.  This study highlights that meditation offers further support than just basic relaxation techniques.  I am currently reading a great book called Sit Like a Buddha by Lodro Rinzler.  It is a concise and clear manual on how to easily integrate meditation practice into our daily lives.  Having a daily meditation practice doesn't have to be complicated and it can offer great support for our overall mental health.  

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