2 thoughts on “Thoughtful post on mindfulness, at NPR “13.7: Cosmos and Culture”

    • My pleasure. It is good to see someone at the same time taking both the science, without either hyping it or dismissing it, and the Buddhism seriously.
      The question that remained for me about the comparison between meditation and medication has to do with side effects. There are sometimes rather serious side effects to psychotropic medications, such as the antidepressants mentioned by Catherine Kerr as quoted in the entry. (see for example here: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/types-of-antidepressants-and-their-side-effects.htm)
      What are the side effects of meditation? Hanging out with people who think that compassion is a really really important quality to propagate in oneself. Sitting silently and alone for 20 to 40 minutes a day, while one’s significant other or parents are wondering just what it is you’re up to in there. Feeling an urge to turn down the volume on the car radio. Awesome.
      That or: dizziness, nausea, weight gain or loss, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea or constipation, anxiety, restlessness, sweating, tremors.
      So if the outcomes appear to be just about equally effective, which set of side effects seem most appealing? (this is of course an admittedly rhetorical question)

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