“Despite Widespread Claims” – “Meditation Does Not Make You a Better Person, Study Finds”

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By Francesca Marshall
The Telegraph (UK)

Meditation does not make you a better person according to a new study despite widespread claims that meditation can make you calmer and more compassionate towards other people.

Researchers have found that despite popular beliefs that meditation can make people more compassionate and less aggressive the evidence for this is limited.

The research by scientists at Coventry University in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, and Radboud University in the Netherlands, reviewed 22 studies involving 1685 people to investigate the effect of various types of meditation. Click here to continue reading.

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  1. CW

    ITA with Cindi that meditation on God’s Holy Word, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is life-changing! The author and object of our meditation makes ALL the difference. Only the one true God can change people’s lives for the better. Anything else is just counterfeit. The counterfeit has always existed — the difference now is that it has found a very comfortable home in the Body of Christ, where it is received by many who profess to be children of God. Serious intercession is needful.

  2. Lydia

    Also, the fact that the goal of yoga is for one to ‘discover their inner divinity,’ (which they don’t have) and ‘self realization,’ it is no wonder they are becoming more arrogant and self centered.

  3. Cindi

    I’m so glad you posted this! I read the article this week and was not surprised by the findings. New Age meditation causes people to focus on the self, to empty their minds…and fill it with things not of Jesus. But “meditating” (reading, studying, thinking) on the Word of God is life-changing! “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

  4. Lydia

    Right, I hear that touted all the time too and of course I notice the contrary results. Of people I know who have been doing this sort of thing (yoga), instead of getting more compassionate, they get less. What I do notice is an increase in self centered-ness, and an increase in arrogance. It is like when one girl is selected to be the prima ballerina and suddenly she gets this haughty attitude of conceitedness and self perceived importance. She struts around as if she is the new queen and all must wait on her, and oh don’t you know, how special she is indeed! That is what I see. They get puffed up. And it is interesting too that some who have gone deeper have less compassion and emit sort of a cold feeling, even an icy stare, and have made comments about not caring about being around when their mothers die because ‘they are going to Europe’ and ‘if she dies…. she dies.’ Yes, these are things I have seen first hand. Anyway there is demonic influence and maybe they do glean a sort of power from them that allows them to advance under ‘the god of this world’ and so on. But those practices get one to focus on ‘self,’ so this is the fruit of it, egotism. In contrast to that we have the spiritual exercise of truly worshipping the Lord in Spirit and Truth and the holiness that we are immersed in. When we have His Spirit in us, we bear the fruits of the Spirit and we do exhibit true compassion and love and all the other fruits. When you do a survey, it is not those engaging in yoga that are making a positive difference, but Christians. I don’t see yoga people or atheists or folks from other religions running to help at homeless shelters and orphanages and give to charity, it is always the Christians, and we are doing it out of the true love of God. ( : Because it is Jesus who changes everything, and only He can make the world a better place by the saving gospel and its effects, and only He can bring the kingdom, not us.

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