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.

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Oct 08, 2016
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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 :)

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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