Monthly Archives: May 2015

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

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Brigid Schulte, The Washington Post: Sara Lazar, a Harvard neuroscientist, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain. She explains: A friend ...

Buddhists are pro-environment, pro-evolution

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Josh Rosenau, evolutionary biologist and Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education downloaded the 2007 version of Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey and mapped the correlation between attitudes on the environment and attitudes on evolution. The result is the graph above. His blog post on this graph ...

The power of presence: 3 simple ways to harness mindfulness

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Shakti Sutriasa, Huffington Post: We hear a lot about being mindful – not just within spiritual circles – but more and more in the work place. What exactly is mindfulness? Simply, mindfulness is awareness of the present or the ability to be present in all aspects of our lives. It’s a honing ...

How mindfulness can defeat racial bias

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Rhonda Magee, GGSC: When I was promoted to tenured full professor, the dean of my law school kindly had flowers sent to me at my home in Pacific Heights, an overpriced San Francisco neighborhood almost devoid of black residents. I opened the door to find a tall, young, African-American deliveryman ...

Meditation earning a place in health care

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MP3 download – Kindly Awareness: Managing Pain, Illness, & Stress with Guided Mindfulness Meditation David Stroud, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Tina Encheva is sitting in a chair in front of five women, all of them lying on their backs on top of spongy yoga mats. The women’s eyes are closed and ...

Meditation optimizes adaptive behavior

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Meditation MP3 – Mindfulness of Breathing News-Medical: Certain meditation techniques can promote behavior to vary adaptively from moment to moment depending on current goals, rather than remaining rigid and inflexible. This is the outcome of a study by Lorenza Colzato and Iliana Samara from the Leiden Institute of Brain and ...

Is mindfulness actually good for you?

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Guided Mindfulness Meditation (Series 1) from Jon Kabat-Zinn Lynne Malcolm, Radio National: Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn became interested in the Buddhist practice of mindfulness more than 35 years ago. With the scientific community skeptical, the at the University of Massachusetts Medical School professor decided to develop a more secular approach in ...

Mindfulness: let’s be mindful of its limitations

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Meditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction Tayana Simons, Huffington Post: The ancient practice of mindfulness meditation has received a lot of hype over the past few years. Tens of thousands of people are signing up for courses all over the country, therapists are using it as a ...