Upon first glance, meditation and psychology would appear to be on different ends of the wellness spectrum. On the one hand, you’ve got psychology. A relatively new healing practice that either attempts to figure out why you behave the way that you do or tries to come up with constructive ways on how to change behavior. Regardless, the implied message is that there’s something wrong (otherwise why would you be looking at your behavior in the first place?). Then there’s meditation. An ancient healing practice that doesn’t attempt to control or change but rather only witness one’s thoughts, feelings, ideas, and behavior. And although it’s a noble idea, try doing it when you are in the heat of an interpersonal discussion.
So what’s the answer. How about using both? The next question is how?
The good news is that psychology has been using meditation to help clients for many years now. And there’s research around to prove its effectiveness.
Checkout this recent video from the Association of Psychological Services. At their latest symposium, meditation benefits as they apply to psychology were discussed. A very informative video (albeit an hour long)!
Speakers will discuss the many benefits of a meditation practice, including the positive impact of meditation on visual perception, negative affective arousal, the frequency of positive affect, and processes related to intergroup perceptions.
Read more on psychology and meditation here.