Thursday, February 24, 2011

Meditation beats dance for harmonizing body and mind

The body is a dancer’s instrument, but is it attuned to the mind? A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation.

UC Berkeley researchers tracked how closely the emotions of seasoned meditators and professional dancers followed bodily changes such as breathing and heart rates.

They found that dancers who devote enormous time and effort to developing awareness of and precise control over their muscles – a theme coincidentally raised in the new ballet movie “Black Swan” – do not have a stronger mind-body connection than do most other people.

By contrast, veteran practitioners of Vipassana or mindfulness meditation – a technique focused on observing breathing, heartbeat, thoughts and feelings without judgment – showed the closest mind-body bond, according to the study recently published in the journal Emotion.

“We all talk about our emotions as if they are intimately connected to our bodies – such as the ‘heartache of sadness’ and ‘bursting a blood vessel’ in anger,” said Robert Levenson, a UC Berkeley psychology professor and senior author of the study. “We sought to precisely measure how close that connection was, and found it was stronger for meditators.” ...

via Meditation beats dance for harmonizing body and mind.


1 comment:

Mirlen101 said...

BTW a jogger would have more mind body connection than a dancer . The mind body connection is caused by being in the "Zone" . Dancers are always trying to hit the move . Constantly in stress improving their performance ,changing position . The " Zone" is reached doing repetitive movements or no movements " Sameness " when your brain says " I know this ! " and goes into autopilot . A dancer would hit the "Zone " rarely if ever .
It's pretty much been proven before that meditation provides the deepest "Zone" state . It has a measurable brain wave frequency .