Balances Body and Mind

meditation-image-64Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that those who practice mindfulness meditation are more in touch with the connections between their bodies and emotions, compared to dancers who are thought to divide their focus between time, music, space, and muscles. While dancers develop a strong awareness of their muscles, this does not extend to an overall mind-body connection. In contrast, Vipassana meditators, who pay attention to visceral—or instinctive—body sensations, have the strongest physical-emotional bond than any other participants studied. Mindfulness meditation in particular teaches individuals to recognize arising thoughts or feelings without passing judgment, helping one to become more in tune with the connections between mind and body.