Though I am certainly no “Olympian meditator” (as the scientists call people like Mingyur Rinpoche), I have been practicing since I was a college student in the early 1990s. Since I’ve logged enough hours on the cushion to warrant the expectation (stress the word “expectation”) that my mind has changed over the past few decades, I was asked to participate in a study that looked at how meditation affects the way the brain responds to pain. I can’t say that I was thrilled to have this as my entrée into the world of contemplative neuroscience, but as it turned out I learned a great dealRead More →