Jun 03, 2013
I’ve noticed that there are a lot of technologists and software developers on the Wildmind G+ Community and among Buddhists generally. I don’t think it’s just by chance. Coders tend to have life habits that make us susceptible to certain problems of mind, but yet may predispose us to the skill that can address these problems: meditation. I’d like to outline those problems, highlight why we might be predisposed to meditation, and make a suggestion as to how we can improve our practice.
Although software engineering is a craft – not unlike carpentry or gardening – it’s a craft where no manual labour is involved. The …
Oct 29, 2012
Mindfulness is an incredibly powerful practice that has been shown to have many physical and psychological benefits. How powerful is it?
Amongst many other things mindfulness:
- Reduces feelings of isolation in older adults
- Rewires the brain, leading to better concentration and more objective self-evaluations
- Reduces the severity and duration of acute respiratory infections
- Reduces stress during multitasking
- Boosts creative thinking
- Helps with weight-loss (even if you’re not dieting
- Produces a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps lower blood sugar
- Boosts the immune system
- Shifts activity in the brain from regions associated with stress to those
Wildmind Meditation News
May 11, 2011
Ellin Holohan: A simple meditation technique can help ease the torment suffered by people with a chronic bowel disease, a new study has found.
The research, done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that women with irritable bowel syndrome who practiced “mindful meditation” had more than a 38 percent reduction in symptoms, far surpassing a nearly 12 percent reduction for women who participated in a traditional support group.
Moreover, meditation helped reduce psychological distress and improved quality of life, the study found.
One of the study authors said the practice, based on a Buddhist meditative technique, “empowers” patients to deal with an illness that is difficult to treat.
“It’s not easy to treat IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], even with the …
Wildmind Meditation News
Apr 21, 2011
Elizabeth Weise: Meditation, the ancient practice of mindfulness employed by all major religions, can actually reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional, researchers in Canada and the United States say.
The researchers looked at a classic psychological test called the Ultimatum Game. In this test, researchers propose this scenario: A friend or relative has won some sum of money and then offers the test subject a small portion of it – will they accept the money?
Surprisingly, despite the fact that it’s a windfall, multiple tests over 30 years show that only about a quarter of people say yes. The rest reply that it’s not fair because the person offering the money has lots and that they should get …