The results of a research study from San Francisco State University came out in July of 2012 that asked the question: “What is the best meditation?”
Meditation practitioners around the world would say: “The meditation I do!” and as it turns out, the research shows that it is absolutely true!
The study followed people who learned different styles of meditation and tracked the effectiveness of the meditation program. What was shown is that those who learned a style that suited them tended to follow up with their practice better than those that didn’t particularly like the style they were taught. But the results of the different styles were equally effective, so long as they were practiced regularly. This confirmed what I had noticed for my students over the years. Any technique will help you deal with stress to improve your health, smooth your relationships, and help you enjoy your life.
“A new study just published notes the importance of selecting a meditation method that is most comfortable to the new meditator, not the one that is currently the most popular. Choosing the one you are most comfortable with increases the likelihood that you will stick with it, says Adam Burke, the author of the study and a professor of health education at San Francisco State University.” – Read More
Helping people find a style that works for them is the goal of the Unwind your Mind curriculum.
This class is designed to give an overview of the types of different techniques to people newly interested in meditation. The four categories of meditation techniques are: Mindfulness, Visualization techniques, Sound techniques and Movement techniques. The types of techniques introduced in the three hour class include breathing techniques, guided meditation, chanting, self observation and QiGong.
To take this class or purchase the CD, please visit: MindUnwind.org/Meditation
Karah Pino, MAcOM has a master’s degree in Acupunture and Chinese medicine including meditation techniques for healing. She is a meditation instructor at the University of Washington Experimental College and Mind Unwind Gallery. Courses are offered regularly in Seattle, WA on on retreats offered through Mind Unwind.
- New Research on the “best” meditation from MedlinePlus
- Watching thoughts and feelings like children on the playground of your imagination – Karah Pino, MAcOM
- Meditation: how to do it – Health & Wellbeing
- Meditation Influences Emotional Processing Even When You’re Not Meditating: Study