Mindfulness Meditators and Time

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 17, 2015

Mind-Body-Spirit News

You may have experienced the feeling that time moves more slowly when you are “away from it all” in a natural setting, without technological devices. Many experienced meditators have described a similar slower sensation of time both during meditative practice and in everyday life.

A recent study found that experienced meditators felt less time pressure, more time dilation and a generally slower passage of time than people without any meditation experience. Interestingly, however, both meditators and non-meditators reported equivalent estimates of the passage of time when doing a physical task.

Investigators do not know why meditators feel that time passes more slowly. A proposed theory is that since individuals who are trained in mindfulness meditation have heightened awareness of sensory feelings, thoughts and emotions, they may have more experiences stored as memories, which may result in a feeling of a slower passage of time. More research was recommended.

The study took place in Germany. Findings are available in Frontiers in Psychology (2015; doi:10.3389/ fpsyg.2014.01586).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.