Meditation may help you catch mental mistakes

If you want to make fewer mental mistakes, try meditation, suggests a study in the September 2019 issue of Brain Sciences.

Researchers recruited 200 people who had never meditated and led them through a guided 20-minute meditation called open monitoring. While many styles of meditation have you focus on a single object, like your breathing or a visual image, the goal of open monitoring meditation is to pay more attention to your feelings and body sensations.

After meditating, participants took computerized tests in which they had to complete tasks while exposed to regular distractions. Their brain activity was measured by electroencephalography (EEG) during both meditation and test-taking.

The researchers found that when the meditators made a mistake on the test and recognized it, the EEG showed an increase in specific neural signals known as conscious error recognition — representing the brain’s ability to identify mistakes.

While the study did not find that meditation reduced the number of mistakes people made during the test, the practice did increase error awareness. And a crucial step to making fewer errors is to recognize mistakes, so you can keep them from happening again.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19 NIV

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4 NIV

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 NIV

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

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