Being in the Now; March / April 2013; Scientific American Mind; by Amishi P. Jha; 8 Page(s)
Salve for Sadness
For millennia Eastern cultures have proffered various forms of what we now call mindfulness meditation as a solution to the conundrum of human suffering. Ancient texts detail precise training exercises to cultivate attention to ongoing perceptual experience rather than conceptual trains of thought. People have been engaging in mindfulness exercises ever since, claiming they improve mental clarity and calm and even promote longevity.