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Living, loving and working from the heart makes for a more fulfilling and balanced life.
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How to rewire your brain to be more optimistic - The Boston Globe

How to rewire your brain to be more optimistic - The Boston Globe | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Want to feel more optimistic? A new book called “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain” suggests that you can rewire your brain to feel more positive and less negative. Try the following four measures to alter your outlook on life.
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Let the Games Begin: Entertainment Meets Education| The Committed Sardine

Let the Games Begin: Entertainment Meets Education| The Committed Sardine | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it

Kids are not ambivalent when it comes to video games: They love them. Young boys, especially, have been pouring quarters into slots since Computer Space, the first commercial arcade video game, appeared nearly thirty-five years ago. While pixelated hits like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong first stole gamers' hearts, less glamorous educational titles, like Oregon Trail (1974) and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985), have held their own.

But there's one kind of game that nobody's succeeded in making for the insatiable throngs of game groupies: a blockbuster hit for the classroom.

Instead, school districts, eager to be perceived as plugged in and afraid of being penalized for low test scores, have bought into expensive drill-and-kill software -- the kind that costs a fortune and displays a silly animation of fireworks or cheering crowds for every five correct answers -- with only minimal improvements on test scores and scant evidence of long-term progress among students. Most administrators approach new game-software purchases with skepticism and a reluctance to spend money.

Meanwhile, the video game world has blossomed into a gargantuan $7-plus-billion-a-year industry. Kids (and their teachers, it turns out) spend more time per week blowing up aliens than watching television or (no surprise) doing homework. Although the so-called edutainment software titles, like the Blue's Clues and Dr. Seuss series, make up a relatively small portion of the market, academics, teachers, and entrepreneurs are working to transform a couch potato pastime into a curriculum staple. They're almost there.


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Students can find stress relief through yoga practice - The University of Alabama Crimson White

Students can find stress relief through yoga practiceThe University of Alabama Crimson WhiteFor many students, college can be a time of great stress and anxiety provoked by an increased pressure to do well in both the realms of school and social...
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Meditation can stave off cold and flu: Study - Hindu Business Line

Meditation can stave off cold and flu: Study - Hindu Business Line | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Hindu Business LineMeditation can stave off cold and flu: StudyHindu Business LinePrevious research has found that mindfulness meditation may improve mood, decrease stress, and boost immune function.
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Imaging finds different forms of meditation may affect brain structure

Imaging finds different forms of meditation may affect brain structure | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone i (Imaging finds different forms of meditation may affect brain structure
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Meditation, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's and Aging | Washington Times Communities

Meditation, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's and Aging | Washington Times Communities | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Meditation is a fairly innocuous, easy and relatively inexpensive way to help older people fight memory loss.
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It's Not Overvaluation That Matters So Much, It's the Emotions That Cause Overvaluation

It's Not Overvaluation That Matters So Much, It's the Emotions That Cause Overvaluation | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
It's Not Overvaluation That Matters So Much, It's the Emotions That Cause Overvaluation http://t.co/1Sf50bH6 via @moneyhighway...
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The Power of Mindfulness...and Cognitive Therapy | Synergetic ...

The Power of Mindfulness...and Cognitive Therapy | Synergetic ... | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Mindfulness therapy is a meditation-based treatment with foundations in Buddhism; it has become popular in many private practice and mental health settings around the world. It's something that I infuse into almost all of my ...
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What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation | Psychology Today

What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation | Psychology Today | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
A radical proposal to infuse psychology into government By Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D....
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Veterans to Learn Meditation

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Veterans Learn Meditation (http://t.co/2BuNYiA4 http://t.co/YrMk9Eo6...)...
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Balance Yourself, Not Work and Life

Managing the "cycle of sacrifice and renewal" begins with prioritizing well-being. You can start by cultivating practices that allow you to re-engage with yourself, focus optimistically on the future and connect compassionately with other people. You can start with mindfulness -- tuning in to yourself, your environment and others.

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Employers See Productivity Gains | Byrne Byrne and Company

Employers See Productivity Gains | Byrne Byrne and Company | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
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Reinventing the Meal: A Path to Mindful Eating - Utne Reader Online

Reinventing the Meal: A Path to Mindful Eating - Utne Reader Online | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Utne Reader OnlineReinventing the Meal: A Path to Mindful EatingUtne Reader OnlineIn Reinventing the Meal (New Harbinger Publications, 2012), you'll learn how to reconnect with your body, mind, and world with a three-course approach to mindful...
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Differences between game based learning and educational games

Differences between game based learning and educational games | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Games Based Learning is then much more than using an educational game to teach a subject. It's an approach to allowing the ebb and flow of play to fuel imagination.

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Software enables avatar to reproduce our emotions in real time - Phys.Org

Software enables avatar to reproduce our emotions in real time - Phys.Org | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Software enables avatar to reproduce our emotions in real timePhys.Org(Phys.org)—You move, he moves. You smile, he smiles. You get angry, he gets angry. "He" is the avator you chose.
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Meditation expertise changes experience of pain - Medical Xpress

Meditation expertise changes experience of pain - Medical Xpress | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Meditation expertise changes experience of painMedical Xpress(Medical Xpress)—Meditation can change the way a person experiences pain, according to a new study by UW–Madison neuroscientists.
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10-12 hours of meditation training can improve daily-life emotional regulation | SharpBrains

10-12 hours of meditation training can improve daily-life emotional regulation | SharpBrains | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Meditation Appears to Produce Enduring Changes in Emotional Processing in the Brain (Science Daily): A new study has found that participating in an 8-week (10–12 hours of meditation training can improve daily-life emotional regulation
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Mothering with Mindfulness: Mindful Mothering

Mothering with Mindfulness: Mindful Mothering | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
If ever two words were meant to go together Mothering and Mindfulness are it. For me mothering has brought about many personal challenges, changes and growth. It has offered me more than I ever could have imagined, ...
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Easy to Follow Zen Meditation Techniques to Bring You to ...

Easy to Follow Zen Meditation Techniques to Bring You to ... | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
If you explore the world of meditation, you will find that there are many meditation techniques. Besides the classical techniques, almost every meditation.
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Broga: Men’s Yoga Gains Popularity

Broga: Men’s Yoga Gains Popularity | A Heart Centered Life | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that yoga was first developed in India by men, for men, here in the United States, its long been viewed as a "chick thing." That's changing-fast.
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Stressed out? Try mindfulness meditation

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As a new Canadian study shows the technique can be just as effective as anti-depressants, experts worry it will be seen as a quick fix (Stressed?
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Mobile App Helps Monitor Moods & Track Depression

“After using the app myself,” Brice explained. “I’ve learned some interesting things about my good and bad days. For example, due to poor sleeping habits on Thursdays, I normally have slightly less positive days. I never would have noticed that before looking at my mood history in DayBreak.”

 

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Why Do We Fear an Empty Mind?

Can we be comfortable with an empty mind?

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Japanese Garden Meditation

A meditation video set to beautifully relaxing flute music with scenes of Japanese gardens, zen gardens, and waterfalls. The video also contains quotes from ...
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