Cold? Try meditating.

Posted: February 2, 2011 in Integral Studies, Pedagogy & Education, Philosophical Debris

As many of you know, I work with a group of teenagers once a week, teaching wilderness survival and meditation skills.  One of the meditation techniques that we often practice involves increasing body temperature through body control.

Last night, one of our members brought a sensitive thermal imaging camera so that we could measure temperature change in hands when doing a meditation designed to warm up hands.  We conducted our experiment using hand temperature of ten individuals, before and after, and found out that hand temperature raised by several degrees in all (but one) cases, and as much as four degrees in some.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to set up more formal experimental procedures such as control groups and blind tests, so I’m sure that the hard core skeptics out there won’t accept this as proof of much.

But, then again, we were just playing around to confirm something that we already believed.

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