Tag Archives: psychology

Meditation and Mindfulness Research Meetings: Four dates for your calendar

Do you want to engage with current research into meditation and mindfulness? If yes, here are a few opportunities that might work for you. Reflecting the growing number of researchers engaged in meditation and mindfulness research, the increasingly diverse settings meditation-based approaches are applied in and the expanding range of scientific questions that are being addressed, more and more meetings are set up for staying informed, exchanging and learning more.… Read More »

Mindfulness research –where are we here and now?

Let me share a few thoughts regarding the state of mindfulness research and also reflecting on mindfulness-based applications that, at least partially, justify their use by referring to scientific evidence of their effectiveness. A recently published analysis of the available research regarding the effectiveness of meditation programmes for psychological stress and wellbeing inspired me to jot down some of the thoughts I have been carrying around for a while. This… Read More »

Compassion – an emerging topic in meditation research

An extremely busy period of the academic year has come to an end and after a brief X-massy respite I finally find a bit of time to return to this blog. Instead of commenting on one particular study I start here by discussing a topic that is emerging strongly within meditation research: compassion and the effects of developing it through meditation practice. This new focus deviates quite significantly from the… Read More »

Meditation improves telomerase activity

Meditation improves telomerase activity: a healthier life – but not for all! Three months in a meditation retreat may have significant influence on a core marker of our health and biological age, a study found. Some readers will be aware of the Shamatha project, where individuals with prior meditation experience took part in a 3-month intensive meditation retreat and were subjected to a range of different tests and analyses. Researchers… Read More »

Buddhism and Science Day in London

Buddhists and Scientists explore the nature of consciousness On Wednesday 20 June three Buddhists and Scientists will meet in London to explore the nature of consciousness and its role in nature – combining perspectives from Tibetan Buddhism, Neuroscience, Psychology and Physics             The three speakers, Alan Wallace, Peter Malinowski and Harald Atmanspacher will convene to present and discuss their perspectives on consciousness. To find out more about… Read More »