Meditation Expertise Changes the Experience of Pain

Meditation can change the way a person experiences pain, according to a new study by UW–Madison neuroscientists. The researchers found that during a pain experiment, expert meditators felt the discomfort as intensely as novice meditators, but the experience wasn’t as unpleasant for them. Images of brain regions linked to pain and anxiety may explain why. Compared to novice meditators, experts had less activity in the anxiety regions. Not only did the experts feel less anxiety immediately before pain stimulation, they also became accustomed to the pain more quickly after being exposed repeatedly to it.

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Why Meditate? Science Has Proven the Benefits

Why Meditate? Science Has Proven the Benefits

As a Westerner, and a skeptic, there’s something about “hard science” that puts me at ease. While I am delighted with the mysteries of the universe, and truly believe that there are some things that have no “rationale” answers, like healing at a distance, I like it when science confirms my perception of the universe.

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