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- Meditation in the news
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Meditation helps produce a "happier brain".
Using brain scan techniques, neuroscientists have discovered that
certain areas of the brain light up constantly in Buddhists, and
not just when they are meditating, which indicates positive emotions
and good mood (see "Buddhists really are happier, study shows,"
This backs up what other research has recently shown; that meditation
doesn't just produce short term relaxation effects but instead actively
"rewires" the brain, helping practitioners to create long-term
increases in their ability to handle stress and to have a greater
sense of happiness and well-being.
So maybe now is the time you will decide to learn simple but effective
techniques to rewire your brain for calmness and contentment.
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Meditation in the news
We've collected together some recent news stories about meditation.
You can see our full index of news stories here.
uses yoga to calm children
"It really calms us down. We have to take deep breaths in and
now: Monks will help police combat teen violence
Lowell (Mass.) police are giving Southeast Asian youths in trouble
with the law or having problems at home an opportunity to turn their
lives around through counseling.
district adopts once-controversial program
...the original program taught students a deep breathing relaxation
exercise. Some parents believed this was akin to religion being
taught in the classroom.
New Revolutionary Health Workbook Empowers People to Take Control
of Their Own Health
...sections on relationships, meditation, and moderation are included
alongside sections on diet, food, supplements and exercise.
able to train their brains to feel genuine happiness and control
"The most reasonable hypothesis is there is something about
conscientious Buddhist practice that results in the kind of happiness
we all seek."
really are happier, study shows
Scientists say they have evidence to show that Buddhists really
are happier and calmer than other people. Tests carried out in the
United States reveal that areas of their brain associated with good
mood and positive feelings are more active.
Jackson believes meditation was a key to his survival
"That's probably why I'm here, to be honest with you," he said.
"The stress level would have carried me beyond some rapid heart
movement or undue amount of fervor. ... Meditation does help, at
least for me."
things simple in your meditation space
When designing your own space for meditation or reflection, the
most important thing to remember is you. This is a place to rejuvenate
your spirit, says interior designer Ronda Webb of the Design Studio
of Gabberts. In your home, you're not always decorating only for
yourself, but making compromises for your spouse, your kids, your
jail inmates get a dose of meditation
In a move to reform inmates languishing in the state prisons, minister
of state Kripashankar Singh organized a discourse by inviting Jain
spiritual leader Shri Kishinlal at the Thane jail yesterday.