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Is Meditation as Great as Everyone Says? An Answer, According to 20 Studies

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If you want to know what meditation is, why people do it, and what it can and can’t do for your health and wellbeing, then you want to listen to this episode.

You’ve probably heard that meditation can do many wonderful things for your body, like reduce stress and inflammation, help you live longer, think more clearly, and more.

How true are these claims, though?

Can something as simple as controlling your attention and focus for a few minutes every day have such profound benefits?

And, if so, what are the best and most effective ways of doing this?

Should you do “body focused” meditation, “open monitoring,” transcendental meditation, or something else?  

Well, this is what we’re going to explore in today’s episode with Kurtis Frank, who is the co-founder of and former lead researcher and writer at Examine.com, as well as the Director of Research for my supplement company, Legion Athletics.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a tremendous amount of research available on meditation, but Kurtis read everything relevant that he could get his hands on, and in this interview, he breaks down his findings.

So…if you’ve wondered if carving out some time for daily meditation can actually make a difference in your life, then this episode is for you.

TIME STAMPS

6:36 – What is meditation?

8:38 – What are the types of meditation?

12:00 – What is the difference of passive focus and active focus and what are some examples?

12:39 – Is reading a book more beneficial than listening to an audiobook?

15:02 – What are the benefits of focused based meditation?

15:25 – How can you tell if you have a problem with focusing?

17:53 – What are the benefits of open monitoring meditation?

19:25 – Which type of meditation is right for me?

20:50 – What are the downsides to meditation?

21:45 – Do brain training apps help your ability to focus?

24:22 – What are bullet hell games and are they beneficial?

28:04 – Is exercise a type of meditation?

29:34 – Is reading a type of meditation?

32:19 – What is the link between meditation and hallucinogens?

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29505943

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