Meditation and Pain

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Research to be published in the journal Pain concluded that people who meditate regularly “find pain less unpleasant because their brains anticipate the pain less.” The researchers studied a group of individuals with varying lengths of time meditating ranging from months to decades. It was only the most advanced whose anticipation and pain differed from non-meditators. The researchers found that certain areas of the brain showed less activity as meditators anticipated pain and this was least active in anticipation of pain for advanced meditators with up to 35 years of practice. Researchers also stated “meditation trains the brain to be more present focused and therefore spend less time anticipating future negative events. Further research should be carried out evaluating how how the brain is changed by meditation. More information is available at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602091315.htm

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