A GPP EP # 14: Beginner’s Guide to Meditation – What It Is, Is Not, and Why It Is Good for You (Research-backed)

A beginner's guide to meditation

You’ve heard that mediation is good for you.

Ever wondered why?
Or whether these benefits are just hearsay or genuine verifiable benefits?
How about whether what you’ve heard about meditation is really fact or myth?

If you have ever wondered about any of these and want to learn more, then listen to this podcast, because those are the things that you will learn about in this talk.

Episode guide:
  • 01:30 – 5 main myths about meditation (+ myths debunked)
  • 07:28 – What meditation actually is (goals of meditation)
  • 08:59 – 5 Scientific reasons why you should meditate (benefits)
  • 15:42 – A key insight on getting started with meditation
  • 17:36 – How to improve your understanding + Next steps
To learn more, listen to the podcast.
Full list of the researches referenced in the podcast:
  1. http://ccare.stanford.edu/article/jazaieri-h-mcgonigal-k-jinpa-t-doty-j-r-gross-j-j-golden-p-r-2013-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-compassion-cultivation-training-effects-on-mindfulness-affect-and-emotion/
  2. https://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2003/07000/Alterations_in_Brain_and_Immune_Function_Produced.14.aspx
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S105381190900004
  4. http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~agyurak/Szeatal_E_2010.pdf
  5. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/09/7-ways-meditation-can-actually-change-the-brain/#1f51d33e1465
  6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159112004758
  7. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-may-ease-anxiety-mental-stress-201401086967
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24395196
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24107199
  10. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159112004758
  11. http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en