SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, is pleased to announce a new editorial that's now live on www.step12magazine.com: "Mindfulness Meditation 101." This article, written and edited by Courtney Lopresti, M.S., and Wade Sands, discusses mindful meditation and how it has nothing to do with clearing one's mind. Instead, it involves focusing one's attention onto the present moment and accepting each thought or sensation without judgment.
As this editorial notes, people who practice mindfulness meditation often report that they feel more engaged with the world around them. They also report a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms, instead finding that they are able to cope more easily with adverse events.
These benefits are more than anecdotal. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore conducted an extensive, quantitative analysis on 47 trials, which studied the effect of meditation on the brain. All of the studies were rigorously conducted and contained no visible bias.
"Mindfulness meditation requires no special equipment, nor does it require an ability to sit still. You don't need to clear your mind, change your heart rate or purchase any special incense. All you need to do is practice," the article states.
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Courtney Lopresti, M.S., is a senior staff writer for Sovereign Health, where she uses her scientific background to write online blogs and articles for a general audience. At the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her master's in neuroscience, she used functional neuroimaging to study how the human cerebellum contributes to language processing. In her spare time, she writes fiction, reads Oliver Sacks and spends time with her two cats and bird. Courtney is currently located in Minneapolis.
Wade Sands is the content manager for Sovereign Health. Throughout his career, he's held court on a wide range of topics, from video games and real estate to addiction and behavioral health treatment. Wade takes pride in sharing useful knowledge that can improve the lives of his readers.
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