October 25th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

iReport challenge: #BeAHero for your sanity

Editor's Note: Learn about the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 and vote for the CNN Hero of the Year at CNNHeroes.com.

Could meditation make us nicer?

Researchers at Emory University have been studying how an ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice may help reduce stress, improve the immune system's response to stress, and even make us more compassionate. Preliminary results of the study were presented to the Dalai Lama at the Compassion Meditation Conference last week.

The Chart and Belief blogs are focusing on various aspects of meditation this week, starting with a primer on how to do it.

Today's "Be A Hero" challenge is simple:

Wherever you are, sometime today, take five minutes to focus on your breathing.Even if you're not in a quiet place, try not to think about anything except your breath for as many breaths as you can. You don't have to change  your breathing - just be aware of how it feels.

Let us know how it went in the comments below, on Twitter using the hashtag #BeAHero, or send us an iReport. For those of you who have been meditating for a long time, we'd love to hear if you have experienced long-term benefits.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Bond, James Bond

    take a few breath mints first, thanks, wheres my phukin army nurse?

    October 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Is that you General Bad?

    October 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dr. phil

    Take your standard issue seroquel and abilify for sanity? No wait! Here, try some xanax...for your sanity of course.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |