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Intensive Vipassana meditation increases measures for well-being

Krygier, J. R., et al. (2013). Mindfulness Meditation, Well-being, and Heart Rate Variability: A Preliminary Investigation into the Impact of Intensive Vipassana Meditation. International Journal of Psychophysiology. Epub ahead of print. Full abstract.

Extracts: Mindfulness meditation has beneficial effects on brain and body, yet the impact of Vipassana, a type of mindfulness meditation, on heart rate variability (HRV) – a psychophysiological marker of mental and physical health – is unknown. We hypothesised increases in measures of well-being and HRV, and decreases in ill-being after training in Vipassana compared to before (time effects), during the meditation task compared to resting baseline (task effects), and a time by task interaction with more pronounced differences between tasks after Vipassana training. …

As expected, participants showed significantly increased well-being, and decreased ill-being. … Such … changes are classically associated with attentional load, and our results are interpreted in light of the concept of ‘flow’ – a state of positive and full immersion in an activity. These results are also consistent with changes in normalised HRV reported in other meditation studies.

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