Oct 02, 2013
Using mindfulness to improve life for people with dementia – ‘We were not worrying about what happened yesterday and what might happen tomorrow, but accepting the here and now’
Julia Corbett, carehome.co.uk: Mindfulness is a practice which can help people relieve stress through a number of techniques that concentrate on living in the present and focusing on an immediate activity, like breathing.
The project, led by Positive Ageing Associates, is investigating whether this form of stress relief could be beneficial for people in the early stages of dementia as a way to offer respite from the difficulties and frustrations people experience when coping with the illness.
Dr Sophie Sansom, academic psychologist at Natural Mind Centre for Research and Practice, and part of the research team explained: “Mindfulness has been used in…
Sep 28, 2013
As I read this bold statement in the last chapter of my Mindfulness book, I was briefly taken aback, but then it made complete sense.
After all, my mindfulness meditation experiences over the past seven weeks have been amazing. I am now able to self-manage my thoughts and spend more time living mindfully in the present moment. As a result, I feel calm and more at peace with my life exactly as it is right now.
I have also discovered that mindfulness meditation is an extremely effective tool for self-managing my…
Sep 25, 2013
PRWEB: Strolling through UC Berkeley’s campus on a warm, cloudless day, Alex Thaler points to a verdant expanse of grass near Morrison Hall, where the university’s music department is located. “That glade was sort of like my Walden Pond,” he says, smiling. “As an undergraduate student I spent many hours sitting near that oak tree, letting the sounds from Morrison wash over me.”
In his practice as an admissions consultant – someone who guides students through the college and graduate school application process – Mr. Thaler is as likely to be reflecting on present-moment awareness as he is to be discussing grade point…
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Sep 24, 2013
Harold Mandel, Examiner.com: The prolonged Syrian civil war with recent allegations of gas assaults on citizens by Assad and threats of retaliatory bombings by the United States has shaken up the world. It is therefore not surprising that His Holiness the Dalai has joined the search for a lasting peace
in Syria. The Tibet Sun reported on Sept. 21, 2013, “Dalai Lama calls for dialogue on Syria.”
The Dalai Lama has called for peace, democracy and dialogue on Syria. In comments to reporters the Dalai Lama has said it was time for a younger generation to stop fighting the wars of the past…
Sep 21, 2013
Advocates say yoga and meditation boost inmates’ mental well-being and help to reduce prison violence. They point to the success of programs in the U.S., including one at California’s San Quentin State Prison, notorious for housing some of the most dangerous offenders.
The question – can the downward dog really benefit those doing hard time? – will be the focus of a discussion next month at a conference of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association…
Sep 18, 2013
Physicians to receive 26 continuing medical education credits to study meditation, yoga and breathing as mind/body medicine
PRWeb: The American Meditation Institute (AMI) will present the fifth annual continuing medical education (CME) course on meditation, yoga and breathing for physicians and other health care professionals, November 6-10, 2013 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive, 26 hour CME training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education. As part of AMI’s “Yoga of Medicine” program, this “Heart and Science of Yoga” CME curriculum is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers.
AMI’s in-depth study of the philosophical and scientific nature…
Sep 17, 2013
The New Indian Express: Hospitals should house yoga and meditation centres as it gives strength to the body and mind, said T N Governor K Rosaiah at the inauguration of the Continuing Medical Education programme on Common Problems of Spine, on Sunday.
The governor further said that many medical problems can cause or contribute to back pain. He added that the causes of back pain were usually physical, and that it was important to know that emotional stress can play a role in how long the pain lasted. “Stress can affect the body in many ways, including causing…
Sep 14, 2013
Some thoughts perceive reality the way it is and some are imagination. While there are myths about many topics, the most popular one is meditation. The word, ‘meditation’ conjures up all kinds of images and notions. If you are wondering whether meditation is meant for you, read on to find out.
Here is a list of the most common myths, hoping that any confusion that you might have is cleared.
Myth #1 Meditation is concentration
Meditation is actually…
Sep 11, 2013
Dr. Arnie Kozak, Beliefnet: I have read Ron Purser and David Loy’s Huffington Post blog entry, Beyond McMindfulness. They write a thoughtful indictment of the popularization of all things mindfulness, especially in the corporate context. There are many important points made in this essay:
Uncoupling mindfulness from its ethical and religious Buddhist context is understandable as an expedient move to make such training a viable product on the open market. But the rush to secularize and commodify mindfulness into a marketable technique may be leading to an unfortunate denaturing of this ancient practice, which was intended for far more than…
Sep 10, 2013
These are the findings of a study carried out by Dominic Crehan and Dr Michelle Ellefson at the University of Cambridge being presented today, 6 September 2013, at the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Developmental Psychology Annual Conference at the University of Reading.
Dominic explained: “Mindfulness involves paying attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. It has been shown to reduce levels of stress and depression, and to improve feelings of well-being, but to date researchers have not …