Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Power of Mindfulness: a four-week course starting March 3, 2014

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Do you want to be calmer, happier, and experience more freedom from stress? Mindfulness has been clinically proven to reduce stress, promote feelings of wellbeing, and improve mental and physical health. The next Power of Mindfulness online course starts March 3, 2014. It’s a four-week meditation course that’s accessible 24 hours ...

The mental and physical benefits of mindfulness meditation

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INSPIRE MALIBU: What began as one of the seven factors of enlightenment according to Buddhist teachings, Mindfulness Meditation is quickly spreading throughout Western society as a way to become more focused and relaxed mentally. Scientific research has confirmed many of the benefits of Mindfulness including motivation, empathy, and the regulation of ...

Should we be mindful of mindfulness?

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David Derbyshire, The Observer: It has been prescribed by the NHS for depression since 2004 but recently mindfulness has spawned a whole industry of evening classes and smartphone apps. What is the evidence that the practice – part meditation, part CBT – works? At just after 6.15pm in a brightly lit conference ...

Can Mindfulness Help People Cope with Discrimination?

Discrimination is often a painful and humiliating experience. Indeed, past research demonstrates that people who experience prejudice are also likely to be depressed. While the responsibility for discrimination lies with the perpetrator, how might targets of discrimination see to their own mental health? One strategy that researchers are considering is ...

Mind over cancer: can meditation aid recovery?

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Matthew Jenkin, The Guardian: Trials have shown that mindfulness can increase calm and wellbeing, lead to better sleep and less physical pain. Cancer leaves many scars. For survivors, the wounds that run deepest are often those left on the mind. Fear, anxiety and depression are common during recovery. But instead ...

Mindfulness meditation may improve decision making

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Anna Mikulak, Association for Psychological Science: One 15-minute focused-breathing meditation may help people make smarter choices, according to new research from researchers at INSEAD and The Wharton School. The findings are published in the February issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. People have trouble cutting ...

Meditation helps pinpoint neurological differences between two types of love

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HealthNewsDigest.com – New Haven, Conn.: These findings won’t appear on any Hallmark card, but romantic love tends to activate the same reward areas of the brain as cocaine, research has shown. Now Yale School of Medicine researchers studying meditators have found that a more selfless variety of love – a ...

All You Need is Love, Gratitude, and Oxytocin

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, inviting us to think about what’s at the heart of our romantic relationships. Is there some sort of “glue” that binds us together with other people? A recent study from GGSC Gratitude Research Fellow Sara Algoe and colleague Baldwin Way, published earlier this ...