Physiology Mechanisms of Mindfulness Meditation
In addition to brain changes, mindfulness meditation is also accompanied by ANS changes such as breath amplitude, heart rate, and skin conductance. Descriptions of mindfulness often emphasize mind or thought processes and the role of the body has often been ignored. In fact, body and mind can never be separated in mindfulness practice and daily life. Therefore this chapter focuses on the physiology mechanisms of mindfulness meditation and discusses the interaction between the CNS (brain) and the ANS (body) that both support the meditation practice and outcomes.
KeywordsHeart rate Skin conductance Autonomic nervous system (ANS) Physiology
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