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Wildmind Meditation News

Feb 09, 2015

Seven ways meditation can actually change the brain

wildmind meditation newsMeditations to Change Your Brain, by Rick Hanson PhD & Richard Mendius (3CDs) Alice G. Walton, Forbes: The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to have an amazing variety of neurological benefits – from changes in grey matter volume to reduced activity in the “me” centers of the brain to enhanced connectivity between brain regions. Below are some …

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Jan 21, 2015

How meditation is finally hitting the mainstream

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Busy People Alena Hall, Huffington Post: As more influential men expound on the mindful benefits of meditation, from Congressman Tim Ryan to media entrepreneur Russell Simmons, the practice may seem more accessible — or even masculine — to men around the country. ABC’s Dan Harris joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss how this trend among public figures could help the practice of meditation grow in popularity among men with mainstream sensibilities.

“More men who don’t wear robes or describe themselves as gurus… People like that will slowly over time make this seem more acceptable,” …

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Wildmind Meditation News

Jan 08, 2015

Five ways my cats improve my meditation practice

wildmind meditation newsClick here to check out our selection of meditation CDs Catherine Holm, Catster: Cats are natural masters of focus, and each day they help me find and settle on my center.

When I was training to become a certified yoga teacher, we studied and practiced meditation. I had never paid attention to this practice before, but it is a regular part of my life now. Meditation comes in many forms and styles, and it can be as simple as you need it to be. It’s now a crucial part of my day. If I don’t do it, I notice.

There are …

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Wildmind Meditation News

Jan 02, 2015

How 2014 became the year of mindfulness

wildmind meditation newsThe Power of Mindfulness: An Introductory Meditation Course Online Alice Robb, New Republic: The ancient Buddhist concept of mindfulness has been gaining traction in secular Western culture for decades, but it may have reached a peak in 2014. “Mindfulness”—understood today as a state of being aware in the moment, and honed through regular practice of meditation and breathing exercises—is widely believed to confer benefits both spiritual and material. In just a few minutes a day, it’s said to help practitioners cope with practically every facet of modern life, from everyday stress and anxiety to life-threatening illness and depression. It’s penetrated …

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Dec 31, 2014

The four greatest psychological discoveries of 2014

wildmind meditation newsClick here to check out our online meditation store Jonice Webb, Psych Central: Every day of every year, scientists toil away in their efforts to understand the workings of the human mind. What makes us happy? How do our emotions work? What should we be doing differently in our lives to make ourselves healthier, happier and stronger?

Each year, a few studies stand out as particularly helpful by outlining a clear path to accomplish a better and healthier life; studies that everyone should know about. Here are four such studies from the year 2014. I hope they will help you …

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Dec 29, 2014

Make 2015 a mindful year and get more out of life

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Mindfulness of Breathing Barbara Casey, Ashland Daily Tidings: When I first learned the practice of mindfulness 18 years ago, the simplicity of it fooled me. It seems obvious that we all want to be fully engaged in our lives, that we don’t want to spend significant amounts of our time spaced out or distracted, missing the beauty and meaning of life in all its aspects.

I thought it would take about six months of concentrated effort to learn to stay in the present moment all the time. My report to you now is that the causes of …

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Dec 23, 2014

How to use mindful communication and improve relationships

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Being in the moment by Bodhipaksa Joe Wilner, PsychCentral:

“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.” – Jim Rohn

The holiday season is often a time where we are around family members we may not see that often, or that we don’t always get along with.

The dreaded family reunion doesn’t have to be such a burden however if we have ways to communicate effectively that can help us improve relationships. …

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Rick Hanson PhD

Dec 22, 2014

Helping yourself speak your truth

Old-fashioned rotary telephone off the hookNormal as they are, these inhibitions limit your autonomy, and consequently, your intimacy. Their regulation is excessive and thus unskillful. And they harm others by denying them important information about how you are feeling and what you really care about. Here are some ways to deal with them:

1. Draw on the slow but powerful prefrontal cortex to keep reminding yourself that you are entitled to the pursuit of your own happiness, to your own experience, and your own view – and that you will communicate in a virtuous manner. It could help to write out a kind of manifesto – usually for your eyes alone – declaring what is … Read more »

Wildmind Meditation News

Dec 22, 2014

Self-compassion has many health benefits

wildmind meditation news The Heart’s Wisdom: Development of Compassion – Meditation MP3 Aaron Means, Chanhassen Villager: You have probably heard a lot about mindfulness over the years. Self-compassion is a natural byproduct of mindfulness, as a self-compassionate attitude asks us to be mindful of how we are relating to ourselves.

Self-compassion is commonly defined as the ability to adopt a stance of self-kindness, feel a sense of connection to others, and be mindful of one’s thoughts and feelings in the context of one’s experience of pain and suffering.

There are three elements that are inherent within self-compassion. Self-kindness, or the tendency to be kind …

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Dec 17, 2014

How mindful children react differently

wildmind meditation newsMindfulness Meditations for Teens, by Bodhipaksa (CD) Renee Jain, Psych Central: Growing up, I was a firecracker. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep the yucky stuff inside.”

My dad later took me aside and said, “Renee, you need to think before you speak. You’re going to hurt people with that sharp tongue. This is something I really want you to work on.”

“I’m …

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