meditation

A beginner’s guide to meditation

Amy Malloy: The Age: For many people, meditation falls into the same category as cycling, drinking more water and exfoliating. We suspect we should be doing it; we have friends who swear by it, but who has the time? And will it really make you feel better? The answer is yes: there’s even cold, hard science to prove the benefits.

A 2012 study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found regular meditation cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by 48 per cent.

In a series of studies, Professor Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School also found meditation could help…

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Meditation is not religion or spirituality—it’s technology

Jay Michaelson, RD Magazine: What inspired you to write Evolving Dharma?

This is really the book I wanted to write right now. I wanted to tell the story of a phenomenon that is rapidly changing the Western world—the mass adoption of meditation—but I also wanted to tell it from a personal point of view, about my own winding road in practice and how it’s impacted my life.

It’s corny but I really do think that contemplative practice may change the world. I don’t know of a better way to help us become better animals than we might otherwise be.

What’s the most important…

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Yourwellness magazine follows up google meditation programme

Digital Journal: In the hope of increased innovation, Google is offering its employees meditation and mindfulness courses, CNBC reported September 20th. According to their article, “Ommmm! How Silicon Valley values meditation,” Google’s “Search Inside Yourself” course has been taken by more than 1,000 employees and currently has more than 400 on the waiting list, and is geared towards teaching emotion management which could ultimately increase productivity and creativity. Programme creator Chade-Meng Tan commented, “There are people who came to me that say they got promotions because they came to my class, people who say they feel a lot better physically, mentally and emotionally,…

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Mindfulness: Week 8 – Your wild and precious life

John Alex Murphy, The Province: “Week Eight is the rest of your life!”

As I read this bold statement in the last chapter of my Mindfulness book, I was briefly taken aback, but then it made complete sense.

After all, my mindfulness meditation experiences over the past seven weeks have been amazing. I am now able to self-manage my thoughts and spend more time living mindfully in the present moment. As a result, I feel calm and more at peace with my life exactly as it is right now.

I have also discovered that mindfulness meditation is an extremely effective tool for self-managing my…

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Yoga, meditation being pushed as ways to cut prison violence, boost well-being

Douglas Quan, Postmedia News: Even though some politicians have derided prison yoga programs as unnecessary inmate “coddling,” there’s a growing push for their expansion across Canada.

Advocates say yoga and meditation boost inmates’ mental well-being and help to reduce prison violence. They point to the success of programs in the U.S., including one at California’s San Quentin State Prison, notorious for housing some of the most dangerous offenders.

The question – can the downward dog really benefit those doing hard time? – will be the focus of a discussion next month at a conference of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association…

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Physicians to receive 26 continuing medical education credits to study meditation, yoga and breathing as mind/body medicine

PRWeb: The American Meditation Institute (AMI) will present the fifth annual continuing medical education (CME) course on meditation, yoga and breathing for physicians and other health care professionals, November 6-10, 2013 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive, 26 hour CME training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education. As part of AMI’s “Yoga of Medicine” program, this “Heart and Science of Yoga” CME curriculum is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers.

AMI’s in-depth study of the philosophical and scientific nature…

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Yoga and meditation can work spinal wonders

The New Indian Express: Hospitals should house yoga and meditation centres as it gives strength to the body and mind, said T N Governor K Rosaiah at the inauguration of the Continuing Medical Education programme on Common Problems of Spine, on Sunday.

The governor further said that many medical problems can cause or contribute to back pain. He added that the causes of back pain were usually physical, and that it was important to know that emotional stress can play a role in how long the pain lasted. “Stress can affect the body in many ways, including causing back muscles to become tense and painful,” he said while addressing orthopaedicians and surgeons at the function organised by Spot Hospital as part of its ninth anniversary celebrations. He further advised that mediation will help develop a strong mind and a good physique, adding that yoga should be a part of daily routine.

Earlier, Dr R Selvaraj, President of Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association said during his speech that majority of spine problems were due to bad postures at work and that correcting them will solve most of them.

Dr Nalli R Uvaraj, President Elect, TNOA, Dr Ramesh Babu, Director, Spot Hospitals, were also present at the function where a book titled Care and Cure was released. Around 12 doctors were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to the field.

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10 myths about meditation

The Times of India: With close to six billion minds active from moment to moment, there are endless streams of thoughts on every aspect of creation.

Some thoughts perceive reality the way it is and some are imagination. While there are myths about many topics, the most popular one is meditation. The word, ‘meditation’ conjures up all kinds of images and notions. If you are wondering whether meditation is meant for you, read on to find out.

Here is a list of the most common myths, hoping that any confusion that you might have is cleared.

Myth #1 Meditation is concentration
Meditation is actually…

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Mindfulness: Week 3 – The amazing three-minute breathing space

John Alex Murphy, The Province: Week 3 has been a breakthrough week for me. When I started my eight-week mindfulness meditation course, I suspected that it would eventually help alleviate my chronic pain. However, I did not expect that help would come as soon as this, and in such a dramatic fashion.

First, a quick update on my ongoing struggle with scheduled daily meditation times. I have decided that it actually worked better for me to not have a schedule. This past week, I have been doing my daily meditations when the need arises and when time allows. It’s working fine so I will …

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The lesson that transformed my meditation practice

Sophia Dembling, PsychCentral: Whew. This morning’s meditation session was a hard-fought grudge match between peace of mind and monkey mind.

I’ve been trying to establish a regular meditation practice, 20 minutes a day, with the same approach I bring to exercising: Suit up and show up. Every morning, I sit on my pillow, queue up a favorite guided meditation app, and do my best. Sometimes my mind cooperates; sometimes the monkey runs the show.

There have been times when my monkey has been so persistent, I’ve found myself leaping up and running from the effort before even realizing what I was doing. One minute…

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