Sunday, October 19, 2014

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How To Calm Your Brain And Find Peace During A Busy Day

The positive power of meditation has made the news once again. Research from Carnegie Mellon University states that practicing mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes per session for three consecutive days can alleviate psychological stress. An analysis of previous studies compiled earlier this year showed this type of meditation—which involves paying attention to your surroundings while concentrating on your breathing—to be “moderately” effective in battling depression, anxiety and pain. 
“One of the most important benefits of mindfulness meditation is the ability for us to more fully live our lives,” states Janice L. Marturano, executive director of the Institute For Mindful Leadership and the author of "Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership." “We become more skillful at noticing those times when we aren't present for our lives, and, more importantly, we know that we are able to redirect our distracted mind.” 
And if you’re assuming that the act of meditating means needing to clear your mind of every worry, every judgment and every item on your to-do list, think again. “It’s not necessarily about quieting the mind, because the nature of the mind is to think, analyze and compartmentalize,” states Ashley Turner, a California-based yoga and meditation teacher. “It’s normal for our minds to be overactive, so because you’re thinking and taking in the sounds around you doesn't mean that you’re doing meditation wrong. It actually means you’re doing it right! The goal is to create more focus.” 
Here’s some more soothing news—chanting for hours on end is not required, either. Turner advises to start small, at just five minutes a day, and add one minute per week until you reach a time that fits best with your lifestyle. “It is better to meditate for a short time each day than it is to meditate for an hour on Saturday,” adds Marturano. (MORE)


Friday, October 17, 2014

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The Meaning of Life

Whether or not the latest wave of self-helping meditators or corporate practitioners of ‘mindfulness’ know it, the spiritual enlightenment sweeping America has strong ties to Buddhism, thanks in part to one huggable ex-monk in California.

Over the last decade, without much fanfare, the core tenets of Buddhism have migrated from the spiritual fringe to become widely accepted techniques for dealing with the challenges of daily life. Feeling overwhelmed? “Watch your breath,” “stay present” and focus on “mindful action.” Grappling with difficult emotions? “Seek awareness” and “acceptance.” Dissatisfied with life? Surely you’ve heard the idea that dissatisfaction is endemic to the human condition. While not always labeled as such, these are, in fact, the key principles of Buddhist teachings. And they couldn’t have come at a better time, when so many Americans are overscheduled, overstimulated and generally in need of anything that might cultivate a sense of internal calm.
Beyond the beliefs, the practice of Buddhist mindfulness-centered meditation is also undeniably having a moment. Corporate mindfulness programs, such as General Mills’s pioneering at-work meditation program, in which participating employees begin the day listening to the sound of bells ringing, are increasingly popular. Google’s seven-week course for employees, “Search Inside Yourself,” is oversubscribed. Similar programs have begun to crop up in universities and public schools, as well as in the United States Marine Corps, to help deal with stress. (MORE)
Source: NY Times

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Meditation Covers Scientific American November 2014 Issue


 In 2013, the New York Times declared that mindfulness was "having a moment" (pun intended), and just a few months later, a January 2014 TIME cover story announced that a "Mindful Revolution" was underway, challenging the stressed-out, tech-addicted American status quo. This month, Scientific American has featured meditation on its November 2014 cover, representing another major step toward a meeting of the minds between ancient Eastern wisdom and Western science.
Although Western psychologists have been studying the ancient contemplative practice since the 1970s -- mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 1979 -- scientific interest in mindfulness has escalated in the past decade. Now, countless peer-reviewed studies have cataloged the many physical and mental health benefits of the practice, which include reduced stress, relief from symptoms of anxiety and depressionimproved attention and working memory, improved sleep quality and emotional well-being and boosts in immune system function. (MORE)
Source: Huffington Post

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Five Common Myths About Meditation Debunked

Myth: Meditation is About Clearing Your Mind of All Thoughts

Five Common Myths About Meditation DebunkedEXPAND
In its purest form, meditation is about focusing on emptiness. However, you don't have to do that. Meditation is effective as long as you merely minimize distracting thoughts.
Mindfulness meditation is perhaps the most accessible form of meditation. And as psychologistMike Brooks puts it, with mindfulness meditation, it's not about clearing your mind but more about focusing on one thing:
People think the goal of meditation is to empty the mind. It's not about clearing the mind; it's about focusing on one thing. When the mind wanders, the meditation isn't a failure. Our brain is like a wayward puppy, out of control. Catching it and putting it back to the object of focus is the mediation. 
It can be as simple as focusing on your breath, which is my favorite technique for accessible meditation. Count one when you inhale, two when you exhale, and keep going. As you breathe, your mind will wander and other thoughts will come rushing to you. The trick is to not let those thoughts fester; make a conscious effort to always go back and focus on your breathing. (MORE)

Monday, October 13, 2014

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The Skeptic's Guide To Meditation (INFOGRAPHIC)

I just read this meditation article. Check it out....

Lately, it seems that meditation has become as prominent in the workplace as weekly meetings -- and there couldn't be a greater reason for it.
Research suggests the practice can help boost focus, lower stress and make us more compassionate -- not to mention the calming ritual also has a myriad of physical health benefits. Yet, despite the overwhelming positives meditation has, people still have reservations about committing to it.
For the more apprehensive folks out there, Happify, a website dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, put together an infographic to conquer that skepticism.
Read on to discover the most common myths and the basic science behind meditation. If this doesn't convince you to start, we don't know what will. (MORE)
Source: Huffington Post