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Ongoing Research Touts Unlimited Benefits of a Daily Meditation Practice

If the definition of stress is how we respond when our needs are not met, then meditation can be viewed as the antidote to stress. After many years of speculation and skepticism, meditation has now been scientifically proven to lower our heart rate; slow and deepen our breathing; increase our growth and sex hormones; suppress cortisol, glucagon, and adrenaline; boost our immune system; help us manage pain; expand our sense of well-being; and slow the fluctuations of our mind, easing the nonstop swirl of thoughts. Read more below about the newest scientific news on meditation. 


8/14/17; How Meditation Can Help Your Career; New York Post

According to a study from Yale, mindfulness meditation decreases brain activity responsible for mind-wandering thoughts typically associated with being unhappy and worried. Meditation and other calming therapies simmer down the brain’s default mode network and dial up new connections that wipe out meandering… READ MORE > > 


8/8/17; Cognitive Enhancement: With Yoga (VIDEO); Psychiatric Times

Patients assigned to yoga practice for 12 weeks with daily meditation for 12 minutes in weekly one hour classes did better than those who participated in memory training classes in verbal and visual memory, executive function, mood resilience, anxiety, and connectivity of the brain…READ MORE > > 


8/8/17; Research Shows Our Genes are Affected by Thoughts & Perceptions: More So Than We Realize; Collective Evolution

Dr. Lipton’s research is life changing for all of us, because his research enunciates that we have the power to choose our destiny at any given point. From victims we can become masters of our lives, as we can determine how we respond to the environment. Of course the genetic patterns are there, but they are not as fixed as we once believed… READ MORE > > 


7/20/17; Meditation Helps to Aid Resilience & Performance; Guardian

Over the past decade, a technique called mindfulness has been showing significant promise in helping to sharpen skills like attention, memory, listening, emotional resilience, leadership and job performance. Just as the body needs exercise to stay in optimal physical condition, the mind also needs exercise to be at its peak performance… READ MORE > > 


7/20/17; As Budget Shrinks, Baltimore Schools Invest in Meditation; Fox News

“A lot of our kids deal with a lot of trauma in their lives,” says Liberty Elementary Principal Joseph Manko. “To have the school be a place where they can be mindful and meditate, calm themselves and relax, I think will be really helpful.”… READ MORE > > 


7/19/17; Using Mindfulness Technique Can Help People Avoid Relapse; Thompson Citizen

Using mindfulness as a technique to help people being treated for addictions or mental health issues avoid relapsing is the topic of a book by Thompson psychotherapist Dr. Nuwan Fonseka, who recently updated the text to incorporate more recent research after selling all of the original edition… READ MORE > > 


7/17/17; This is How Your Brain Works When You Are On Meditation; Newsgram

Nondirective and Concentrative are the two main groups of meditation techniques. The concentrative meditation, as the name suggests, is when you suppress all other thoughts by focusing intensely on one specific thought. For many, that one specific thought is breathing… READ MORE > > 


6/9/17; 5 Reasons You Should Meditate Every Morning; Huff Post

Whether you’re looking for ways to de-stress and find balance in your life or simply searching for clarity and direction, meditation, or the act of focusing and training the mind, can help you achieve your goals. See how you can potentially benefit from this mental and physical exercise… READ MORE > > 


10/18/16; Science Shows Meditation Benefits Children’s Brains and Behavior; Forbes

The research on mediation and the developing brain (i.e., kids) is not quite as robust as it is in adults, but it’s starting to take off. Here are some of the benefits that research tells us mediation and mindfulness can offer kids… READ MORE > > 


8/30/16; Systems Biology Research Study Reveals Benefits of Vacation and Meditation; Mount Sinai Hospital

Scientists used a rigorous study design to assess the biological impact of meditation compared to vacation. They examined the effect of meditation on gene expression patterns in both novice and regular meditators. The researchers found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with stress and immune pathways, in addition to short- term improvements in well-being, as measured by feelings of vitality and distress. A meditation retreat, for those who already used meditation regularly, was associated with molecular networks characterized by antiviral activity…
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8/22/16; Let Go of Pain in 5 Healthy Steps; Huff Post by davidji

We don’t often think about the word “rumination” or its difference from “reflection,” but there IS a big difference! And how we choose to view, process, and move beyond emotional challenges (or not) that cross our path sets the tone for how we handle future challenges and decision making… READ MORE > >


7/12/16; Here’s How You Can Meditate Anytime, Anywhere; Huff Post

You have the ability to engage in the practice anytime, anywhere. The key is focusing on what’s happening inside your head. Instead of trying to block your thoughts and emotions as you’re meditating, Rinpoche said that you should lean into what he calls your “monkey mind,” or the constant chattering in your head… READ MORE > >


6/9/16; The Science of Meditation; Psychology Today

There are many traditions and countless ways to practice meditation, and perhaps because of its polymorphous nature new meditators wonder whether they are doing it correctly. According to Roger Thomson, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Chicago and a Zen meditator, there is one way to know for sure: “If you’re feeling better at the end, you are probably doing it right.”…READ MORE > >


5/23/16; 3 Research-Based Reasons to Start Meditating; Psychology Today

It seems like mindfulness is the new cultural buzzword. In our fast-paced, iPhone-obsessed society, being busy is often seen as a badge of honor. Therefore, it makes sense that people are turning to time-tested practices in an effort to become more present in their everyday lives… READ MORE > > 


3/28/16; Why Should You Meditate?; Huff Post

Meditation has been gaining incredible momentum in recent years. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to try meditation but feel hesitant. This is understandable considering the fact that we place so much emphasis on producing more, and working more. We often hear from people comments such as, “I’d love to try meditation but I just can’t find the time.” You are the only one who knows whether meditation is right for you or why you are interested in trying it. Still, it’s interesting to hear why someone might begin a meditation practice… READ MORE > >


5/26/15; Havard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain; The Washington Post

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain… READ MORE > >


2/9/15; 7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain; 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 of the most exciting studies to come out in the last few years and show that meditation really does produce measurable changes in our most important organ… READ MORE > > 


6/12/14; What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?; Scientific America

As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your feet feel like right now – their heaviness. If you’ve never heard of mindfulness meditation, congratulations, you’ve just done a few moments of it. More people than ever are doing some form of this stress-busting meditation, and researchers are discovering it has some quite extraordinary effects on the brains of those who do it regularly… READ MORE > > 


5/1/14; Is Meditation Overrated?; Scientific America

Many people who meditate believe that the practice makes them healthier and happier, and a growing number of studies suggest the same. Yet some scientists have argued that much of this research has been poorly designed. To address this issue, Johns Hopkins University researchers carefully reviewed published clinical trials and found that although meditation seems to provide modest relief for anxiety, depression and pain, more high-quality work is needed before the effect of meditation on other ailments can be judged… READ MORE > > 


10/30/13; How Does Meditation Change the Brain?; Scientific America

Click here to watch the video on how meditation changes your brain.


10/15/13; Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime; Scientific America

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… READ MORE > > 


9/11/13; 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today; Psychology Today

I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released. Here are 20 scientifically-validated reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon today…READ MORE > >


5/22/13; This is Your Brain on Meditation; Psychology Today

For those of you who are curious as to how meditation changes the brain, this is for you. Although this may be slightly technical, bear with me because it’s really interesting. The brain, and how we are able to mold it, is fascinating and nothing short of amazing. Here are the brain areas you need to know…READ MORE > >


1/19/10; How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation; Psychology Today

In the Buddhist tradition and in Contemplative Psychotherapy training, we nurture mindfulness through the practice of sitting meditation. There are many different kinds of meditation. For example, some are designed to help us relax; others are meant to produce altered states of consciousness… READ MORE > >

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