Monday, August 12, 2013

No, Really!

Apparently my simple little throwaway post about mindfulness and meditation is being dismissed by some as nonsense and superstition. It's not.

Take this here from Psychology Today.
In a study published last year in the journal Stroke, 60 African-Americans with atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, practiced meditation for six to nine months. (African-Americans are twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease as are whites.) The meditators showed a marked decrease in the thickness of their artery walls, while the nonmeditators actually showed an increase. The change for the meditation group could potentially bring about an 11 percent decrease in the risk of heart attack and an 8 percent to 15 percent decrease in the risk of stroke.
 If Crestor had results like that it would be on TV 24/7. And that's not the all of it.

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of focusing attention on one’s breathing and internal bodily sensations, according to the study. The “present-moment focus” that mindfulness meditation enables “is thought to improve well-being by allowing individuals to become aware of sensations, emotions and thoughts that arise in the mind without judgment or reactivity,” according to the study. 
The study suggests those who engage in this mindfulness practice gain enhanced control over their cortical alpha rhythms — the synchronous firing of a population of neurons in the brain at a specific frequency. These rhythms help control how the brain processes sensory information, such as pain, and negative emotional states, like depression. They also help organize the general flow of information in the brain. 
The researchers found that better control of these rhythms enables meditators to bias their attention away from negative states.
A better organized brain is like a better organized office. You can find shit when you need it and you can relax because you know where everything is.

Besides, if the Godwhacker says it, it must be true.


Anonymous said...

Can I take my thumb out of my ass yet? Or, is this dumb shit finally over.

Godwhacker said...

I understand where skepticism comes from. I'm a skeptic. But when evidence changes our conclusions should change too.

And yes, take it out. It's much more fun with someone else's thumb.

Anonymous said...

Now that is funny

Godwhacker said...

If I achieved even a hint of laughter my job is done.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that gay people so identify with sex? Straight people don't inject sex into everything and anything, no matter how asexual the topic is. It's like they are the new Christianity, proselytizing at every turn.

Anonymous said...

8:09 you must be a new reader and a poor judge of human nature.

Anonymous said...

Dude, all I do all day is figure out how to inject sec into conversation....and I am straight

Godwhacker said...


Are you freaking kidding me? 90% of advertising and media is heterosexual sexual innuendo. Frankly, you can't see the trees for the forest. Human beings are highly sexual animals, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

But if gay people like myself seem emboldened of late remember that it's only been 10 years since sodomy laws have been struck down. After generations of hidding for fear of legal actions and violance we are finally ready to take our place as equal citizens in this world.

Lead, follow or get out of the way.

Rumpole said...

I know a cardiologist who has also published about the positive effects of meditation and heart disease from case studies in his practice. Meditation works. Many of the most successful and creative people of our time meditate practicing either TM or other forms of meditation.

Anonymous said...

See what happens when no mention of Aronfeld for several posts. Please bring back Aronfeld.

Anonymous said...

Why? Is Aronfeld gay?

Anonymous said...

Uppity gay is the new uppity black.

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