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Wildmind Meditation News

Mar 04, 2015

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

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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Mar 03, 2015

Mindfulness: What it is and how it helps

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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Feb 26, 2015

How meditation can help you sleep better

wildmind meditation newsSleep Soundly – Guitar Music for Insomnia (CD) Esther Crain, Men’s Journal: Not being able to fall and stay asleep at night is frustrating, and there’s no shortage of remedies promising to score you the rest you crave, from sleep meds to eye masks and smartphone apps. But the real key to beating insomnia might be as simple as taking up a new trend in meditation. A recent study from JAMA Internal Medicine found that mindful meditation — the practice of being nonjudgmentally aware of the various thoughts streaming into your brain at any given time — successfully helped adult …

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Feb 24, 2015

Why your brain needs more downtime

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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Feb 23, 2015

How mindfulness training affects health

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction Guardian: Carnegie Mellon University’s J David Creswell—whose cutting-edge work has shown how mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults and alleviates stress—and his graduate student Emily Lindsay have developed a model suggesting that mindfulness influences health via stress reduction pathways.

Their work, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, describes the biological pathways linking mindfulness training with reduced stress and stress-related disease outcomes.

“If mindfulness training is improving people’s health, how does it get under the skin to affect all kinds of outcomes?” asked Creswell, associate professor of psychology in CMU’s Dietrich …

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Feb 18, 2015

Can ‘mindfulness’ help students do better in school?

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Mindfulness Meditations for Teens Emily Holland, Wall Street Journal: “Mindfulness” has gotten a lot of buzz recently, with everyone from tech executives to professional athletes to lawmakers saying they use it to combat stress, stay balanced and perform better on the job. Now some educators and psychologists think schoolchildren could benefit from the practice, too.

Mindfulness is a form of meditation rooted in spiritual teaching in which people focus their full attention on the present moment. They acknowledge what they are feeling and experiencing—and accept it without judgment or criticism. The idea is to quiet the mind …

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Feb 17, 2015

Mindfulness meditation may help older adults sleep better

wildmind meditation newsKarma: Finding Freedom in This Moment (2 CDs), by Pema Chodron and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Rachael Rettner, Live Science: Meditating may help older adults sleep better, a new study suggests.

The study involved about 50 adults in Los Angeles ages 55 and older who had trouble sleeping, including difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or who felt sleepy during the day. Participants were randomly assigned to complete either a mindfulness meditation program — in which people learn to better pay attention to what they are feeling physically and mentally from moment to moment — or a sleep education program that taught the …

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Feb 16, 2015

Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down

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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Feb 11, 2015

Two helpful practices for easing into mindfulness

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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Feb 10, 2015

Two ways to clarify and try mindfulness and meditation

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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