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August 08, 2021 Sunday 09:10:38 AM IST

Stay at Home with Contemplative Practices

A study by Stanford University and University of Oxford has found that people involved in 'contemplative practices' such as mindful meditation or fostering compassion for themselves and others were more likely to comply with orders to stay at home during Pandemic. The study was conducted among 1000 people who responded to surveys in the spring of 2020.  Participants who engaged in contemplative practices were less likely to report distress or depression. Moreover, while all participants said they ventured out of their homes more over time, those who engaged in the contemplative practices stayed home longer, complying with California's Stay Home Order, and ventured out less than those who didn't practice contemplation. Contemplative practices build resilience and the courage to bear the distress. It also helps in nurturing a sense of cooperation and collaboration in the communities.