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The Buddha Pill: Wait, there are consequences to meditation?

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Meditation is a commonly accepted form of relaxation, therapy and even enlightenment. But does it actually make us “better” people? That’s the question Drs. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm (see her Seven Common Myths About Meditation article in The Guardian) set out to answer in their new book, The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Actually Change You? (Watkins Publishing, May 26, 2015). In it, the doctors separate fact from fiction and use their own research to determine the efficacy and general  usefulness of meditative practices like yoga. Dr. Farias has pioneered brain research in the world of spirituality and has made great strides in the psychological benefits of yoga and meditation. Dr. Wikholm read Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University before getting her…

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