back from the summer break

By | August 22, 2012

The summer seems to come to an end slowly – at least I returned from various short breaks, meeting great meditation teachers and good old friends. I hope you also had some time to rest and reflect on what is important in life and ‘return’ with strength and clarity.

Well, I am still away from my desk, meeting colleagues in Germany to discuss some of our ongoing, exciting meditation research projects and will contribute to the Summer School in Mind/Body Medicine in Essen in a few days. I will be talking about mechanisms of change underlying mindfulness practice. So, I’m still enjoying a few days of summerly weather before returning to Liverpool, ready for the new semester.

The meditation research world did not stop over summer, though, and some exciting new studies appeared. One of them shows changes to the neural connections to and from the anterior cingulate cortex after only two weeks of mindfulness meditation practice. As the anterior cingulate cortex is considered to be strongly involved in relgulating cognitions and emotions and connects to may other brain areas, these researchers may have found a neural reflection of an important component of meditation practice. – In my next post I will tell more about this study.

And more is to come soon.

Enjoy!

© 2012, Peter Malinowski. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “back from the summer break

  1. Joy

    In case you are interested, the Samatha centre based in Manchester (Theravada) did some studies about how the brain is effected when the meditator is in the deep absorption states known as Jhanas (of which total of 8 distinct Jhanas are described in the tradition, 4 with form or Rupa and 4 formless or Arupa Jhanas), they just used EEG readings in their study. More details are at http://samatha.org/eeg

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    1. Peter Malinowski Post author

      Hi Joy,
      thanks for this. It is interesting stuff. I hope the research keeps going, so that the friends in Manchester can produce some solid data.
      If the different meditation stages can be clearly defined a priori and then appropriate EEG analysis tools are applied one may really see something interesting.
      I don’t know who is involved there, but would say: keep going.

      Cheers, Peter

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