Studies reveal that meditation and mindfulness can help reduce stress, anxiety, & depression; reduce negative thoughts; enhance self-awareness; lengthen attention span; generate kindness; and improve sleep. When we meditate with animals physically or as our focus, curious things begin to happen, too. Here are some of our favorite studies.
Loving-kindness meditation increases social connectedness
Dog Tales: Mindful dog interactions
The felid purr: A healing mechanism?
Digital modalities, nature, and quality of life: mental health and conservation benefits of watching bear cams
Health benefits of mindful meditation
Monkeys meditate for marshmallows
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A 3-min wordless mini-meditation with animals
Follow the Birds
A 7-min guided meditation for managing stress
Surviving Pet Loss
A 15-min WTF?! Prayer guided meditation for grief
A 5-min wordless meditation from cats
"If there is one book you choose to read about how to enjoy and improve your relationships with animals and fully appreciate who they truly are, this is the one."
― MARC BEKOFF, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and other books; professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder