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Meditation May Reduce Pain

Brain Imaging Shows Impact of Brief Mindfulness Meditation Training

Meditation 101: Accept the Distractions continued...

Zeidan says meditation distracts the mind and reduces the emotional response to pain.

In the training phase of the study, the participants were instructed to close their eyes and focus on the changing sensations of their breath and they were told to bring their consciousness back to their breathing each time their minds wandered.

“Usually this happens within the first minute when people first start meditating,” he says. “It is perfectly normal.”

He says the goal is to acknowledge these distractions, accept them for what they are and simply let them go by gently bringing the attention back to the breath without any judgment.

“Many people think they are doing something wrong at first because their minds keep wandering,” he says. “But becoming aware of how busy the mind is is part of the process.”

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