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Comment author: EvelynM 03 January 2010 11:29:15PM 9 points [-]

I noticed the distinction between wanting and liking as a result of my meditation practice. I began to derive great pleasure from very simple things, like the quality of an intake of breath, or the color combination of trees and sky.

And, I began to notice a significant decrease in compulsive wanting, such as for excess food, and for any amount of alcohol.

I also noticed a significant decrease in my startle reflex.

Similar results have been reported from Davidson's lab at the University of Wisconsin. http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/

Comment author: ThufirHawat 07 April 2013 04:37:40PM 0 points [-]

How do you meditate? I've tried to get into meditation before, but never found a variant I was comfortable with.