Monthly Archives: August 2014

Meditation is fine, but what about the Buddhism behind it?

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Jessica Brown, The Independent: Closing your eyes and being mindful isn’t the only way to achieve inner wellbeing. Just when you thought it was safe to close your eyes, there has been recent warnings from psychiatrists on the adverse effects of mindfulness meditation. As well as evidence of underqualified teachers, there ...

Can Purpose Keep You Alive?

In recent years, studies have suggested that having a sense of purpose helps you to live a longer and healthier life, even when looking across cultures and controlling for known predictors of longevity, like cigarette smoking. But these studies all had the same limitation: They focused on adults older than ...

Sweet Nirvāna!

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I found this sweet hymn in a book by Paul Carus, called Sacred Tunes for the Consecration of Life: Hymns of the Religion of Science. Carus (18 July 1852 – 11 February 1919) was an early German-American translator, compiler, and popularizer of Buddhist texts. Carus seems to have been fond ...

CBT mindfulness for depression may also reduce MD visits

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Rick Nauert, PsychCentral: New Canadian research finds a reduction in primary care visits among individuals receiving mindfulness-based therapy for depression. Investigators discovered frequent health service users who received mindfulness-based cognitive therapy showed a significant reduction in non-mental health care visits over a one-year period, compared with those who received other types ...

Can Mindfulness Help Mothers of Severely Disabled Children?

Parenting is hard work, but having a child with a severe disability takes an extra toll. Mothers of children with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders report high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. This, in turn, can negatively impact how they care for their vulnerable children. Many studies have focused ...

6 tips that prove meditation is way easier than you think

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Anna Maltby, Huffington Post: “I’m terrible at trying to meditate — I can never shut off my brain or sit still!” Sound familiar? You know practices like mindfulness meditation are good for you, but they just seem so counter to our 20-tabs-open-at-a-time lifestyle that it’s hard to imagine where to ...

Health benefits aplenty from mindfulness and meditation

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Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier: Mindfulness and meditation. These two topics are appearing in many health articles these days. Do you know what they are? They are wonderful practices that can improve your health. Scientists are evaluating and have proven that by using these practices you can change and experience many health benefits. Here is a definition ...

Mindful When It Seemed There Was No Mind

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Last Monday I went to the Ken Theater to see the movie: Alive Inside. In communication, the seemingly inert brain comes alive. To me it is an example of where the mind is not synonymous with the brain. The brain is a secondary organ like heart, liver, lungs. Often ...