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How yoga helps reduce stress - The Boston Globe

How yoga helps reduce stress - The Boston Globe | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Every time snow fell over the past three weeks, stress rose. The prospect of having to shovel yet again triggered a heart-quickening, fight-or-flight response for most — useful perhaps when faced with a tiger but less so when trapped inside a three-bedroom Cape, surrounded by 7-foot drifts. snow
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This article references our recent yoga paper:

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00770/abstract

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7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Science is showing that meditation is very deserving of its newfound fame.
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decent summary.

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Margaret Mikkelborg's curator insight, February 16, 1:16 PM

meditation is now being shown by science to reduce "monkey mind" - this is ancient knowledge that now has been given scientific credibility - of importance to those who feel they have been labelled with ADD 

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The Human Brain: Deconstructing Mindfulness

The Human Brain: Deconstructing Mindfulness | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai. It also releases research reports such as the Competitiveness Reports and Risk Reports and engages with its members in sector-specific initiatives.
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Richie and Tom do a decent job pointing out the state of mindfulness research - pointing out the explosion of research, and the potential bias that may be behind much of the positive findings.

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How the Mindfulness Movement Went Mainstream -- And the Backlash That Came With It

How the Mindfulness Movement Went Mainstream -- And the Backlash That Came With It | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Meditation is more complex than some people realized.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Brain, Mind and Soul: Advances in Clinical and Scientific Approaches to Brain-Mind Health and Spirituality

Megan Oser, PhD, Harvard Medical School David Vago, PhD, Harvard Medical School John Peteet, MD, Harvard Medical School Moderator: David Silbersweig, MD, Harvard Medical School This panel will...
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Home | The Mindfulness and Compassion | The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice

Home | The Mindfulness and Compassion | The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Second Int. Conference on Mindfulness
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Looks like a great group - should be fun

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Philosophical-Mind What Is Contemplative Neuroscience Ask Deepak on the Philosophical Mind Channel

Philosophical-Mind What Is Contemplative Neuroscience Ask Deepak on the Philosophical Mind Channel | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Read more httpswwwdeepakchopracomvideoview274whatiscontemplativeneuroscience Subscribe to The Chopra Well httpbitlyM5z254 Deepak explores
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A Resource-Control Account of Sustained Attention: Evidence From Mind-Wandering and Vigilance Paradigms

Staying attentive is challenging enough when carrying out everyday tasks, such as reading or sitting through a lecture, and failures to do so can be frustrating and inconvenient.
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Please Don't Start Meditating (Unless You're Willing to Change) - Huffington Post

Please Don't Start Meditating (Unless You're Willing to Change) - Huffington Post | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People don't stop meditating because they start to change for the better. They stop meditating because they don't see rapid enough change. We're so used to instant gratification in America. Meditation is not that....
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How does yoga reduce stress? A systematic review of mechanisms of change and guide to future inquiry

How does yoga reduce stress? A systematic review of mechanisms of change and guide to future inquiry | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
How does yoga reduce stress? A systematic review of mechanisms of change and guide to future inquiry. . . doi: 10.1080/17437199.2014.981778
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Trust, Let Go, Be Open: Psychedelic Harm Reduction in the Desert and Beyond

Trust, Let Go, Be Open: Psychedelic Harm Reduction in the Desert and Beyond | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
MAPS Bulletin Winter 2014 Vol. 24, No. 3 - Annual Report Download this article. Katherine MacLean, Ph.D. “Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” —Robert Hunter, “Scarlet Begonias” (1974) I had...
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San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation - NBCNews.com

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation - NBCNews.com | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the...
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A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying

A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
When you’re nervous, how can you be yourself? How you can force yourself to relax? How can you try not to try? It makes no sense, but the paradox may be essential to civilization.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:52 AM

 the Chinese term for “effortless action.” Pronounced “ooo-way,” it has similarities to the concept of flow, that state of effortless performance sought by athletes, but it applies to a lot more than sports. Wu wei is integral to romance, religion, politics and commerce. It’s why some leaders have charisma and why business executives insist on a drunken dinner before sealing a deal.

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Critical Analysis of the Efficacy of Meditation Therapies for Acute and Subacute Phase Treatment of Depressive Disorders: A Systematic Review

Critical Analysis of the Efficacy of Meditation Therapies for Acute and Subacute Phase Treatment of Depressive Disorders: A Systematic Review
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nice critical review of the status for meditation and depression

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6 Qualities That Lead to Living a Meaningful Life

6 Qualities That Lead to Living a Meaningful Life | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Through the unification of all these qualities, we can live a meaningful life, motivated to be of benefit to ourselves, our families and the world at large....
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Mindfulness for everyone An Introduction to mindfulness and the work of The Now Project Welcome to The Now Project There is nothing more now than mindful
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Science on Screen: Free the Mind - Real Art Ways

Science on Screen: Free the Mind - Real Art Ways | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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If you're in Hartford - March 16th - I'll be speaking on the effects of Meditation on psychiatric disorders before a screening of "Free the Mind"

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A Mindful Minute: A Dose of Loving-Kindness to Reduce Stress (And Much More) - PsychCentral.com (blog)

A Mindful Minute: A Dose of Loving-Kindness to Reduce Stress (And Much More) - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What is it?
Loving-kindness is a meditation focused on nurturing compassion, kindness, goodwill, and love for oneself and others. While the loving-kindness meditation or LKM originates in Buddhist traditions, it’s now practiced widely across...
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Headspace Blog: Can mindfulness increase mental toughness?

Headspace Blog: Can mindfulness increase mental toughness? | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Dr. Claudia answers one user who wants to know if mindfulness can improve mental toughness.
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Uncovering Happiness: A Mindfulness Expert's Guide to Breaking Bad Moods - Everyday Health

Uncovering Happiness: A Mindfulness Expert's Guide to Breaking Bad Moods - Everyday Health | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Nurturing your natural antidepressants will create adaptive neural shifts and promote long-term healing that’s necessary from the trauma of depression.
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Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.

In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of t...
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Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory, Research, and Practice

Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory, Research, and Practice | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
An authoritative handbook, this volume offers both a comprehensive review of the current science of mindfulness and a guide to its ongoing evolution. Leading scholars explore mindfulness in the context of contemporary psychological theories of...
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Center Focuses on Compassion to Improve Ethics, Health

Center Focuses on Compassion to Improve Ethics, Health | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Whether coping with physical ailments, contentious home lives or arduous semesters, we all have techniques to offset the hardships in our lives. But can we expand those methods and become better people in the process? Through a generous gift from the Arizona Friends of Tibet, the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is positioned to explore this question through the newly launched Center for Compassion Studies — the nation's first formalized collegiate center for compa
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A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (Illustrated) - Huffington Post

A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (Illustrated) - Huffington Post | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Inspired by questions from my last article on how to actually teach mindfulness to kids, I'm putting out a new weekly post with FUN mindfulness exercises for the family. After all, who said mindfulness had to be a drag?
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Neural correlates of attributing causes to the self, another person and the situation

Neural correlates of attributing causes to the self, another person and the situation | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
This study compares brain activation during causal attribution to three different loci, the self, another person and the situation; and further explores correlations with clinical scales (i.e. depression, anxiety and autism) in a typical population.
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