How to Be a Better Learner
You’ve probably heard about the potential benefits of meditation for conditions such as stress and chronic pain. Now there’s evidence that mindfulness training can improve cognitive abilities and even raise test scores. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, showed that students who practiced as little as two weeks of mindfulness training, including 45 minutes of formal meditation practice four days a week, boosted their Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) results by an average of 16 percent. The researchers attributed the change to general improvements in focus and working memory—a boon for learning of all kinds. For an introduction to meditating with your kids, try the book Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness With Children, ($22, amazon.com) written by Zen Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.
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