How to meditate (and get the most benefit out of it)

March 4, 2015

wildmind meditation newsGuided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness, and Love (CD) George Dvorsky, IO9: Mindfulness meditation, or focused attention, turns out to bring a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, better attention and memory, and even increased creativity and feelings of compassion. It can also alleviate disturbed sleep, restructure our brains for the better (including developing more grey matter), and help you lose weight. It’s also incredibly relaxing and reinvigorating.

There are many different ways to meditate, but for the purposes of this article, and because it’s the most studied form, we’re only going to consider mindfulness meditation. That’s not …

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Mindfulness: What it is and how it helps

March 3, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness, and Love Alice Lash, Miami Beach News: Have you ever had the experience of reading something, knowing your eyes have gone over the page, but when you get to the end, you cannot recall what you read? Or, how about having a conversation with another person, and at some point realizing you are not paying attention?

These are examples of being mindless. In contrast, when we are mindful, we are aware of what is happening within and outside us.

The term “mindfulness” has received a lot of media attention, most recently from …

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Lahiri lauds effects of meditation

February 25, 2015

wildmind meditation newsClick here to check out our online meditation store SuperSport: A decade spent practising the art of meditation has played a fundamental role in transforming Anirban Lahiri from an also-ran golfer into a world-class performer, the Indian said.

The 27-year-old has surged to 34th in the world rankings after winning two of the last three European Tour events, this month’s Malaysian Open and the Indian Open on Sunday.

Both victories were close calls – Lahiri pipped Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger by one shot in Kuala Lumpur and overcame compatriot SSP Chawrasia in a playoff in New Delhi.

He believes the …

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Why your brain needs more downtime

February 24, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Busy People Ferris Jabr, Scientific American: Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.

Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. The glare of my computer screen appears to suddenly intensify. My eyes trace the contour of the same sentence two or three times, yet I fail to extract its meaning. Even if I began the day undaunted, …

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Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down

February 16, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Busy People Mary MacVean, LA Times: One hundred fifty people sat in the big meeting room, hands on laps, eyes closed, feet flat on the floor.

“Bring your attention to this moment,” Janice Marturano instructed. “Be open to sensations of warmth or coolness, sensations of fullness from breakfast, or perhaps hunger.” Minutes later, the meditation ended with the traditional strikes of little hand cymbals.

Buddhists? Old hippies? New Agers?

Nope. The room was full of hospital executives and managers in lab coats and scrubs, jeans and sports coats at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. …

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Two helpful practices for easing into mindfulness

February 11, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Busy People Margarita Tartakovsky, Psych Central: Mindfulness helps us move out of autopilot, where we think thoughts, feel emotions and act on behaviors without any awareness — without even realizing we’re having these experiences. Without any awareness of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, we can get caught up in negative cycles.

Our mind buzzes with anxious thoughts. We engage in habits that aren’t fulfilling or even healthy. We get swept up in anger and lash out at our loved ones. We get caught up in judging ourselves, and our stress only expands.

Mindfulness also …

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Two ways to clarify and try mindfulness and meditation

February 10, 2015

wildmind meditation newsAbiding in Mindfulness Volume 1 – The Body – Joseph Goldstein – 7 CDs (8 hours) Suzanne Phillips, PSY.D., ABPP, Psych Central: Research has shown mindfulness and meditation-based programs to hold promise for treating a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression,anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Adding to this, a recent study by Harvard researchers soon to appear in Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging will report that participating in an eight-week mindfulness mediation program actually appears to make changes in the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. The study validates that reported improvements are not just …

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Seven ways meditation can actually change the brain

February 9, 2015

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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How meditation is finally hitting the mainstream

January 21, 2015

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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Five ways my cats improve my meditation practice

January 8, 2015

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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