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Brain Studies Show Meditation Practice Alleviates Suffering | MeditationPlex

Brain Studies Show Meditation Practice Alleviates Suffering | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, presents the latest findings from neuroscience on how meditation practice changes the brain, and offers fresh insight into concepts like mindfulness and suffering.

 

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Meditation Boosts Student Performance in SF School | MeditationPlex

Meditation Boosts Student Performance in SF School | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

James Dierke, principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, CA, talks about the meditation program he implemented to try and improve student learning and behavior in his school.

 

When Dierke first arrived at the school it had the highest absentee rate, the highest suspension rate, the highest teacher turnover rate, the lowest academic achievement rate. The neighborhood had the second highest crime rate in San Francisco and about 85% of the kids were from homes of poverty.

Watch video to learn what happened after the school implemented the meditation program:

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This is truly remarkable and inspiring. Who knew that a simple activity (or non-activity) like going within could have such a measurable impact?

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Study: Meditation Lowers Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by 48%

Study: Meditation Lowers Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by 48% | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Meditation is known to reduce stress, and it follows that it also must lower risk from any stress-related disease. But a rigorous study has shown a strong correlation between meditation practice and a dramatic reduction in risk of debilitating or fatal heart failure. Here’s a video interview with the lead author of the study, Dr. Robert Schneider.
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This is another solid scientific evidence of the benefits of meditation on health and longevity. The study employed Transcendental Meditation, but this should apply to other forms of meditation as well.

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How Meditation Slows Down Aging of the Brain | MeditationPlex

How Meditation Slows Down Aging of the Brain | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson PhD explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and has particular relevance as people age. This presentation was recorded at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series.

 

http://www.meditationplex.com/meditation-benefits/meditation-slows-down-aging-brain/

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Yet another example of how meditation practice reverses the aging process as we've come to accept as normal. Other ways that taking the time to meditate can help you physically, mentally and emotionally can be viewed here:

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Meditation Benefits: How Meditation Changes the Brain | MeditationPlex

Meditation Benefits: How Meditation Changes the Brain | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Sara Lazar, PhD, a neuroscientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. gives a presentation on her research findings relating to the meditation effects on the brain.

 

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Deepak Chopra: Meditation Helps Slow Down Aging | MeditationPlex

Deepak Chopra: Meditation Helps Slow Down Aging | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Dr. Deepak Chopra briefly explains one of the health benefits of meditation in slowing down the aging process. He cites the work of Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a cell biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for her co-discovery of an enzyme called the telomerase. This enzyme influences the length of telomeres, which are structures at the end of chromosomes that protect the chromosome.

 

http://www.meditationplex.com/meditation-benefits/deepak-chopra-meditation-helps-slow-biological-aging/

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How Body-Focused Mindfulness Meditation Benefits the Mind | MeditationPlex

How Body-Focused Mindfulness Meditation Benefits the Mind | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Catherine Kerr, PhD, renowned expert on neuroscience and meditation, presents her research findings on why mindfulness meditation begins by focusing on the breath, and how mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) changes the brain.

 

http://www.meditationplex.com/meditation-benefits/body-focused-mindfulness-meditation-benefits-mind/ 

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Caspian Grey's curator insight, February 6, 6:38 AM

Mindfulness is a secular form of meditation that is being portrayed in health care settings all over the world, including Brown (University). It’s really effective at high risk of depression relapse, people who have been previously depressed. It’s really helpful for people with multiple sclerosis, and it reduces the tendency to worry or self-criticize.

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Neuroscience Shows How Meditation Can End Suffering

Suffering, or dukkha, is the first of the Fourth Noble Truths taught by the Buddha, and one of the prescribed paths to the cessation of suffering is right mindfulness.

 

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Meditate for the Benefit of Others (Pema Chodron) | MeditationPlex

Meditate for the Benefit of Others  (Pema Chodron) | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Pema Chödrön, an ordained nun in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, talks about the importance of meditation in order to develop self-compassion and consequently true compassion for other beings.

http://www.meditationplex.com/meditation-benefits/meditate-benefit-pema-chodron/

 

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Meditating for the benefit of others will benefit you as well, naturally, as giving is always reciprocated in some form or another.

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Can Meditation Help Treat Autism?

Can Meditation Help Treat Autism? | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Meditation practice has been known to help develop empathy, attention, mind-body interaction and strengthening of the immune system. Could this apply to children afflicted with autism as well?

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This is very promising. The incidence of autism among children has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s. A 2012 global estimate of autism spectrum disorders was found to be 62 cases per 10,000. Meditation's beneficial rewiring of the brain has the potential to make a difference.

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Effects of Meditation on Brain Coherence and Intelligence | MeditationPlex

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Quantum physicist and educator John Hagelin PhD, presents research findings on the effects of meditation on the brain and intelligence, and advocates for meditation as a method of promoting a host of positive benefits, from relaxation to increased creativity.

 

http://www.meditationplex.com/meditation-benefits/effects-meditation-brain-coherence-intelligence/

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Can meditaion make you smart? This video shows that, according to the latest research, yes. Meditation does more than boost your brain power, though. It has also been shown to alleviate depression, keep you young, reduce stress, and a lot more. Check out more videos on the many beneficial effects of meditaion practice at:

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Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:59 AM

Studies show meditation has a positive influence on brain, including intelligence, creativity, relaxation, and happiness

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The Physiological (And Other) Benefits of Meditation | MeditationPlex

The Physiological (And Other) Benefits of Meditation | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Vedic meditation teacher Gary Gorrow describes the many physiological benefits of practicing meditation.

 

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Brain Studies Show Meditation Practice Alleviates Suffering | MeditationPlex

Brain Studies Show Meditation Practice Alleviates Suffering | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, presents the latest findings from neuroscience on how meditation practice changes the brain, and offers fresh insight into concepts like mindfulness and suffering.

 

http://www.meditationplex.com/meditation-benefits/brain-studies-show-meditation-practice-alleviates-suffering/

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: The Benefits of Meditation on Brain and Body | MeditationPlex

Jon Kabat-Zinn: The Benefits of Meditation on Brain and Body | MeditationPlex | Benefits of Meditation | Scoop.it

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation, describes  the benefits of meditation practice on the mind, brain and body. One of the main points he discusses is how meditation actually makes changes in the brain structurally, in a process that is known in neuroscience as neuroplasticity.

 

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Wanna Stay Young? Meditate!

Scientific studies on meditation have shown that this practice yields many physiological, mental or emotional benefits. One of the more exciting discoveries is in the area of cell biology, particularly with regards to the effect of meditation on cellular aging.

 

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