Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Meditation May Help Alleviate Chronic Pain, Study Shows

There is robust medical evidence to indicate that the power of the mind over the illnesses of the body is profound. This is no more evident than in the beneficial effects of regular meditation on the perception of chronic pain.
The evidence for the benefit of meditation is so strong as to make one wonder why it's not part of traditional medical therapy.
Although there is a large body of medical research demonstrating that the areas of the brain that are activated during meditation are composed of cells with many morphine receptors -- the location at which narcotic pain relievers as well as endorphins reduce pain -- the action of meditation on pain relief is wonderfully more complex.It has long been considered that meditation causes an increase in natural painkillers called endorphins. It is then these endorphins that affect the perception of pain.
Chronic pain is the number one reason why people seek medical care. The current traditional medical approach including medications, injections, various therapies as well as various behavioral therapy approaches does not adequately address chronic pain.
As reported in the journal Science News, in 2012 the annual medical cost associated with chronic pain exceeded $600 billion. It is astounding that this is more than the annual cost of cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. (MORE)

Source: Daily Hearld

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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The Use of Meditation in Children With Mental Health Issues

Meditation can be divided into 5 types (Table 1). Mindfulness falls under the category of focused attention, which has recently received considerable attention. Since the 1990s, mindfulness meditation has been studied in healthy groups and increasingly in clinical populations in adults. The research is quite robust in adults with depression and anxiety, but research in youths with the same conditions is just starting. Jon Kabat-Zin brought mindfulness into the clinical realm with mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Defining this state of mind, he shared this awareness that emerges through purposeful attention, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.1 With the possible exception of sleep, all that we do each day can be done mindfully.

Mindfulness practices have been used primarily to aid in stress reduction and the promotion of health and well-being in various populations, including those with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions. Mindfulness practices often include body relaxation, mental imagery, breathing practice, and mind-body awareness. (MORE)

Source: Psychiatric Times

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Can Meditation Help Your Money Troubles?

In the LearnVest Personal Stories series, everyday people share the details of their money lives, discussing the individual choices they’ve made and how it’s impacted their financial journey.
Today, one woman shares how meditation helped her finally take charge of her finances and, ultimately, find stability to support her growing family.

Many people turn inward only after they’ve hit bottom and have lost everything. Not me.
Eleven years ago, before I began meditating, I had so many good things in my life. I’d graduated with a master’s degree from an Ivy League college, had a great job as a licensed clinical social worker and was celebrating one year of marriage to a wonderful man with whom I could travel the world.
But at that point in my life, I couldn’t say I was truly happy. I felt like my life lacked meaning. Something was “off”—I felt empty inside, but I didn’t know why.
Meditation wasn’t immediately appealing to me even though others recommended it. My former boss, who had been meditating for 20 years, insisted I try it. He was the total opposite of what you might expect from a devotee—he was a stockbroker, had three kids and was always on the go. But I was skeptical and always found myself too busy to give it a chance. (MORE)

Source: Forbes

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Yoga Breathing May Help to Reduce Depression

New research finds that a breathing-based meditation practice helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments.
Investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania discovered breathing practices associated with Sudarshan Kriya yoga significantly improved symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Researchers compared medicated patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who participated in the breathing technique to medicated patients who did not.
The study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, bolsters the science behind the use of controlled yogic breathing to help battle depression.
The randomized, controlled pilot study, was led by Anup Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., a neuropsychiatry research fellow in psychiatry at Penn. Significant improvement were found after two months among the yoga group. (MORE)
Source: Psych Central

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Meditation Tips That Help You Handle Stress Over the Holidays

Instead of dealing with holiday stress on the fly, prepare for any not-so-pleasant situations with this 10-minute guided meditation.

The holidays are great and all, but there's no denying that this time of year can also be stress-a-palooza for many people. Whether it be because of financial strain, travel delays, or sucking up the annual encounter with erratic Uncle Joe who Won't. Stop. Talking. about the election, there's enough going on to make anyone feel like they're about to go AWOL. (Oh, and speaking of Uncle Joe, here's how to navigate political talk during the holidays.)
That's where meditation comes in. It's one of the hottest workout trends of the year (seriously, Pinterest revealed that mental fitness and meditation workouts were searched 45 percent more often on the platform in 2016). And for good reason: It works. Science shows that combining meditation with exercise can decrease depression, and meditation alone can reduce stress, relieve emotional pain, and even make you more compassionate. (It also helps to let out a few NSFW words—like in this video.) In other words, it's exactly what you need before heading home for the holidays. (MORE)
Source: Shape