The Many Benefits of Meditation

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  • Meditation benefits include improved attention, memory, processing speed and creativity. It may also help counteract age-related loss of brain volume
  • Meditation can give you an energizing boost similar to caffeine, but meditation accomplishes this without the adverse effects associated with caffeine
  • Meditation provides your body with rest that is two to five times deeper than sleep. Meditating for 20 minutes equates to a 1.5-hour nap, but you won’t have that “sleep hangover” afterward. Instead, you’ll feel awake and refreshed

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Global Health Problems Reflect Our Disconnection from the Earth

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The film “Origins” shows how our modern lifestyle has caused us to lose our connection with the earth, resulting in so many of our global problems from environmental destruction to hunger and disease Continue reading

Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways to Quit Smoking

Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than Continue reading

Eight Weeks of Mindfulness Meditation Can Rewire the Brain and Control Depression Symptoms

Is it possible to sort of “rewire” your brain so you can better control imposing symptoms of depression and angst? The short answer, according to recent new research, is yes, and it all it takes in large part is some “mindfulness meditation.”

According to a study which appeared more than a year-and-a-half ago, in the January 2011 journal of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reported Continue reading

Meditation Increases Well-Being in Boys

Mindfulness meditation — learning to become more aware of ongoing experiences — increases well-being in teenage boys, researchers in Britain say.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England also describe mindfulness as a way of paying attention.

The study, published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, finds 14- and 15-year-old boys trained in mindfulness had increased well-being — a combination of functioning well and feeling good — proportional to the time spent practicing the technique. Adolescents with higher levels of anxiety benefited the most.

“More and more we are realizing the importance of supporting the overall mental health of children,” Felicia Huppert said in a statement. “Importantly, many of the students genuinely enjoyed the exercises and said they intended to continue them — a good sign that many children would be receptive to this type of intervention.”

Huppert and colleagues analyzed 155 boys before and after four weekly 40-minute classes in mindfulness and 8 minutes a day listening to concentration/stress-reducing exercises. Students who attended religious studies were the controls.