Monthly Archives: March 2014

Primary school uses meditation to boost concentration

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Cotswold Journal: A primary school in the Cotswolds is using a special technique to boost children’s concentration and wellbeing. Shipston Primary School has introduced Mindfulness, which is increasingly being used in the workplace, the armed forces and most recently, in education. The meditation practice, which helps children to focus and lower stress ...

Experienced practitioners reap genetic changes after a day of mindfulness meditation

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): Results of a recent study cofunded by NCCAM suggest that one day of intense mindfulness by experienced meditators led to biological changes including expression of certain genes that play roles in inflammation and pain. Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving drugs have similar effects on ...

Mindfulness-based meditation could lessen cancer symptoms among teens

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Business Standard: Researchers at the University of Montreal have suggested that mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer in teens. Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise of the university’s Department of Psychology and her team asked 13 adolescents with cancer to complete questionnaires covering mood (positive and negative emotions, anxiety and depression), sleep ...

How Does Mindfulness Improve Self-Control?

We have emotions for a reason. Anger in response to injustice can signal that the situation needs to change; sadness in response to loss can signal that we’d like to keep the people we love in our lives. It’s when we ruminate, or get caught up in our emotions, that they ...

Mindfulness meditation may reduce drug user relapse

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Rachael Rettner, Live Science: Many people who undergo treatment for addiction will relapse and begin using drugs again soon after their therapy ends, but a new study suggests that meditation techniques may help prevent such relapses. In the study, 286 people who had been treated for substance abuse were assigned to ...

Bringing mindfulness to habits

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Many of our ways of coping with the challenges of daily life seem like a good idea, but they turn out to be unhelpful. What happens when mindfulness meets multitasking, rushing, tensing, keeping up and keeping going?   1.     Multi-tasking Time is precious, so it makes sense to do as many things as you ...

Mindfulness: Is it a fad or a powerful life-changing coping skill? A look at the science.

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Amanda Mascarelli, The Washington Post: Imagine this scenario: You come home from work tired and frazzled, and your little kids are running wild. Perhaps this doesn’t require much imagination. People in such situations might find solace in a popular meditative practice called mindfulness. With mindfulness, you train your mind to focus ...

Developing a “Buddha Brain” through gratitude

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A ”buddha brain” is one that knows how to be deeply happy, loving, and wise. We develop ourselves in this way by cultivating wholesome qualities and uprooting unwholesome ones. In a sense, we plant flowers and pull weeds in the garden of the mind – which means that we are ...