Dancers who devote enormous time and effort to developing awareness of and precise control over their muscles—a theme raised in the Oscar-winning ballet movie Black Swan—don’t have a stronger mind-body connection than do most other people. New research suggests people who regularly meditate show the closest mind-body bond.
“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,” says Robert Levenson, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley. “We sought to precisely measure how close that connection was, and found it was stronger for meditators.”
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