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PostSubject: Fighting loneliness and disease with meditation   Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:57 am

Anyone who sees meditation as a hippy-dippy endeavor has found his or her view increasingly challenged by science in recent years.





Meditation and other contemplative practices are continuing to claim their place at the table of mainstream medicine.

This is true for a slew of reasons: chief among them, the recognition that hordes of us are stressed out, that stress wreaks havoc upon our bodies and that the practice of meditation has significant and measurable stress-reduction properties.

In a recent study led by J. David Creswell, assistant professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, mindfulness-based meditation continues to reveal itself as a therapeutic powerhouse, with far-reaching influence on both psychological and physical health.

The study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, extends the benefits of mindfulness-based meditation into previously uncharted territories: helping to reduce loneliness and the risk of disease in older adults.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/25/health/meditation-loneliness-inflammation-enayati/index.html

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