The Effects of Mindfulness on the Emotions
Psychology researchers recorded the brain activity of people looking at disturbing pictures immediately after meditating for the first time.
We think you will enjoy this article immensely! It explores a study which looks at how mindfulness can help us to regulate our emotions. Psychology researchers recorded the brain activity of people looking at disturbing pictures immediately after meditating for the first time. These participants were able to 'tame' their so-deemed negative emotions just as well as participants who had been categorised as being 'naturally mindful'; i.e. more seasoned meditators.
It is worth pointing out that, in reality, no emotion is negative. All of our emotions are there to tell us an important story about the ways others are treating us and the ways in which we are treating ourselves. Negative emotions in this study have been so-labelled in terms of igniting feelings of discomfort and di-ease.
What this study shows us, among other things, is that we can experience and reap the benefits of a mindfulness practice straight away - we do not need to have meditated for years or to be 'naturally mindful' as the article puts it. As with so many things in life, it is truly never too late to begin a meditation practice and to experience the benefits in our emotional life, alongside numerous other psychological and physical benefits, right away :)