Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mindfulness and meditation: two steps toward better health

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Richard Taite, Psych Central: Regular meditation along with a mindful lifestyle path can help individuals control and recover from many mental health disorders. Meditation is a practice of training the mind to induce another state of consciousness or bring attention to a particular point. Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality ...

Listening as meditation

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I recently wrote a post about how we can use listening as a way to quiet the mind, and how the arising of thoughts can become a “mindfulness bell,” calling us back to mindful attentiveness of the sounds around us. (The post was specifically about persistent thoughts that take the ...

Dispositional mindfulness associated with better cardiovascular health

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MedicalXpress: Pay attention to the implication of these new research results: People who pay more attention to their feelings and experiences tend to have better cardiovascular health. As noted more precisely in a new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, researchers at Brown University found a significant association between ...

We can teach our brains to feel more compassion

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Mindful.org: Scientific evidence shows that we can train the brain to feel more compassion—for others and for ourselves. Another science-based reason to try loving-kindness meditation! In a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (directed by Dr. Richard J. Davidson, who was featured in Mindful’s August ...

Understanding depression: mindfulness and acceptance

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Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf, WKMS.org: “One of the cornerstones of treatments for depression is getting out and moving in the world in ways that matter to the individual,” says Dr. Michael Bordieri, assistant professor of psychology at Murray State University. Mindfulness can be a way to help achieve that, ...

The Power of Mindfulness: an introductory meditation course begins November 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 November 3, 2014. It’s a four-week meditation course that’s accessible 24 hours ...

Mindfulness: does it really live up to the hype?

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Polly Vernon, The Telegraph: Happier, healthier and better rested: that’s what 20 minutes a day of meditation has done for one writer. And as a resolute sceptic, she couldn’t be more surprised. It may be a little early for bold proclamations of this nature, but still: I would bet big money ...

Meditation changes your brain

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Maria Isabel Garcia, Rappler: ‘Meditation’ used to be the exclusive province of robed and hooded men enacting an ancient tradition. Now, science has joined them. This could be one of the most powerful ways to change your brain and yet, all you have to do is be still. It will help ...