Giving is the most natural thing in the world

April 9, 2015

Hand holding a fresh young plantMeditations for Happiness (3 CDs) When you consider all this, it’s clear that we spend a lot of time giving to others. It’s the most natural thing in the world. Most giving is small, in passing, hardly noticed, the breath and wallpaper of life. It’s not hard to overlook. And with all the attention paid in the media to images and words of destruction and horrible mistreatment, it is easy to conclude that the true home of humanity is on the dark side of the force.

Yet, while it is certainly true that we are animals atop the food chain and capable of great aggressiveness, it is even more true that we are genetically programmed … Read more »

Meditation changes your brain for the better; treats migraines and cognitive impairment

April 9, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditations to Change Your Brain, by Rick Hanson PhD & Richard Mendius (3CDs) Lecia Bushak, Medical Daily: Meditation can alter the brain — and new research shows that it can be used as therapy for cognitive impairment and migraines.

We already know that meditation is good for our mental and physical health, but more and more evidence is delineating just how valuable it could be as an addition to our daily lives.

In a new research report, researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center examined the efficacy of a meditation and yoga program known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) …

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Study finds being exposed to Buddhist concepts reduces prejudice and increases prosociality

April 6, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – The Heart’s Wisdom: Four Meditations for Cultivating Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity Eric W. Dolan, PsyPost: Researchers from Belgium and Taiwan have found that being exposed to Buddhist concepts can lead to increased prosocial behavioral intentions and undermine prejudice towards others.

Buddhism contains a variety of teachings and practices – such as meditation – intended to help individuals develop a more open-minded and compassionate personality. Unlike the three dominant monotheistic religions, it does not draw a sharp line between believers and unbelievers.

In three separate experiments of 355 individuals, the researchers found that being exposed to words related …

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Science assesses benefits of mindfulness

April 3, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditations to Change Your Brain, by Rick Hanson PhD & Richard Mendius (3CDs) Gary Robbins, U-T San Diego: Researchers have an intriguing but incomplete picture of what’s going on.

Jeff Lee says he can sum up much of what’s wrong with modern society in five words: Stress, anxiety, anger, sadness and depression.

“We’ve got to get these things under control,” says Lee, co-owner of “Buddha For You,” a meditation studio and store near San Diego State University. “This is what’s really hurting people.”

Consumers agree. Over the past few years, classes have steadily grown bigger at “Buddha,” just as …

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Meditation could be the key to your stress problems

April 2, 2015

wildmind meditation newsUnplug: An Interactive Kit for “Giving Yourself a Break”…For an Hour, a Day, or a Weekend – Sharon Salzberg Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, BND: Stress. It seems everywhere we go, there’s an email to read, a text to send, a task to complete. If you’re seeking a way to ease your response to modern life’s stressors and overstimulation, mindfulness meditation may be the answer. Current research in the field, including a 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, is continuing to uncover the benefits of a consistent meditation practice, such as its ability to help reduce anxiety …

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the relevance of science as a tool for meditators

March 27, 2015

News iconThe Enlightened Brain: The Neuroscience of Awakening, by Rick Hanson (7 CDs) Tricycle Magazine: Born in Nepal in 1975, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is the youngest son of the eminent meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and received the same kind of rigorous training associated with previous generations of Tibetan adepts. In his new book, The Joy of Living (Harmony Books), Mingyur Rinpoche recounts how he used meditation to outgrow a childhood beset by fears and extreme panic attacks. From a very young age, he also displayed a keen interest in science; he has pursued this curiosity and how it relates to Buddhist …

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Which positive emotion has the most “awesome” health benefits?

March 26, 2015

stonehenge at sunsetThe New York Times magazine this weekend will have an interesting article in its health column, The Well, about research into the health benefits of positive emotions.

The researchers were interested in looking at levels of a compound called interleukin-6, which is associated with general inflammation in the body. Low levels of interleukin-6 correspond to good health.

In the study, students were asked:

about their normal dispositions and the extent to which they had recently felt seven specific emotions: awe, amusement, compassion, contentment, joy, love and pride. The students also provided a saliva sample. While happy moods were collectively still associated with low IL-6 levels, the strongest correlation was with awe. The more frequently

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Science confirms benefits of meditation

March 25, 2015

wildmind meditation newsHow to Meditate with Pema Chödrön: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind Papiya Bhattacharya, The New Indian Express: Research at Nimhans on the benefits of yoga and meditation has found validation in an unrelated study in the US.

A Harvard study recently found that people asked to practise meditation show actual structural changes taking place in the brain.

These changes are responsible for calmer emotions, better memory, and lower stress. It is the first study to actually document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter.

People who participated in an …

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Why mindfulness will survive the backlash

March 20, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation MP3 – Mindfulness of Breathing Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post: First came the declarations that mindfulness was “having a moment.” Then came the backlash.

A number of publications (this one included) called 2014 the “year of mindfulness,” and a Time cover story went so far as to proclaim a “mindful revolution” in American culture. Everyone from Rupert Murdoch to Anderson Cooper to Lena Dunham spoke out about the virtues of meditation, and mindfulness — the cultivation of a focused, non-judgmental awareness on the present moment — swiftly made its way from spiritual retreat centers to public …

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How ancient practice of mindfulness is emerging into modern mental healthcare

March 19, 2015

wildmind meditation newsGuided Mindfulness Meditation: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Jon Kabat-Zinn Tabeer Shaikh, One in five Americans have suffered from mental health issues. As mental health becomes more prevalent in the discourse of overall health, medical practitioners are looking for alternative ways to alleviate depression and anxiety. One of these methods that has been garnering attention lately is mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness meditation, which has recently entered our lexicon but has been a Buddhist practice for more than 2,400 years, focuses on cultivating self-awareness, being present in the moment by paying attention, all while being non-judgmental of …

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