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Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹

Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹ | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.

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Stanford's center has deep resources! 

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:12 PM

As mentioned by Dennis O'Connor: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is a center for deep resources.

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Integrative Health, Medicine, Lifestyle Change, Wellness
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Scripps Two Week Lifestyle Change Intensive

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I finished the 3 month lifestyle change program a few years ago. It was a remarkable introduction to healthy living. It help me make a profound change in the way I live.  This refresher comes at just the right time for me.  I'll be there.  Will you? ~ Dennis

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Coffee drinking linked to lower mortality risk—again

Coffee drinking linked to lower mortality risk—again | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
In a fresh-brewed study involving more than 200,000 people, researchers found that drinking coffee—regular or decaf—is associated with an overall lower risk of mortality. Drinking between three and five cups a day perked up survival rates the most, lowering the risk of premature death by up to 15 percent compared to coffee abstinence, researchers reported Monday in Circulation.
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Finally a habit I enjoy that fits my ling term goal of living a century in good health!

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MBSR Online Course

MBSR Online Course | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

More than three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world suggests that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants' ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.

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I have taken several MBSR courses.  The training delivers life changing insight. 

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Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth

Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
We are constantly reminded that we live in a different world these days, and the challenges facing our children are daunting: bullying, obesity, technology, in addition to more longstanding problems like poverty and racial/ethnic discrimination. Fortunately, we also live in an age of unprecedented research and clinical support for the potential of mindfulness and compassion to support all of us in meeting the challenges we face in the 21st century. The Bridging Conference has a history of bringing together leaders in the field and this year those experts will focus on sharing what is being done already and where there is promise and possibility for the future. We invite you to join us and learn together as we build this community of dedicated and talented professionals, parents and kids.
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Scripps Health - Study Shows Marines' PTSD Symptoms Reduced via Integrative Medicine

Scripps Health - Study Shows Marines' PTSD Symptoms Reduced via Integrative Medicine | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Healing touch combined with guided imagery (HT+GI) provides significant clinical reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms for...
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Just because this piece came out in 2012 doesn't mean it's "old news".  


Help is just a healing touch away.  So much more profound a fix than what's sold by Big Pharma.

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"Shed a Little Light," James Taylor and Lowcountry Voices - Columbia SC

Published on Jul 30, 2015

on 7/29/15 in Columbia SC, James was joined onstage by Charleston choir Lowcountry Voices. Together, they sang “Shed a Little Light” in memory of the victims of the Charleston shooting and their families. The entire audience stood in support. #CharlestonStrong

Video: Pull Brand Stories
Location: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC

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Throughout my life,  James Tayor has 'Shed a little light'.  After all these years I remain able to hear the message. This is a moving and meaningful performance. 

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Dr Viola M Frymann: Life in her hands

Dr Viola M Frymann:  Life in her hands | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
To parents of the children she helped, she was known as a miracle worker. To her students who came from Osteopathic Medical Schools from around the world she was a mentor, a master teacher, and a leader. To her colleagues across the country, she is an internationally recognized researcher, scholar, and pioneer. To the Osteopathic Physicians of California in the 1960s she was a savior - single-handedly lobbying the legislature and taking her case to the Supreme Court when California refused to license new Osteopathic Physicians.
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Here is a brief biography on a medical pioneer, once considered a 'medical heretic' now recognized as a Guiding Light. 


Osteopathy has helped my wife Janice regain so much that was lost.  



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DailyOM - Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron

DailyOM - Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

This 6 week course with internationally renowned spiritual teacher, Pema Chodron, presents the essential teachings on a life of fearlessness, aliveness, and true spiritual awakening. The teachings on "Getting Unstuck" offer a direct path to a life of true joy, love, and happiness, and represent a powerful approach to life as revealed by the ancient meditative tradition of Tibet. 

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I've listened to hours of Pema Chodron's teaching. This course will give you everything you give to it. 

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Love Pema Chodron...

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MBSR Research - YouTube

Published on Jun 17, 2014
Saki Santorelli and Jon Kabat-Zinn discuss MBSR Research in this clip from the CFM 30th Anniversary video
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UMASS: Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab

UMASS: Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

The Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab builds on the foundational work of the Center for Mindfulness by bringing a new team of scientists to tackle the neurobiological underpinnings of how mindfulness affects the mind and related behaviors.

Using scientific tools including fMRI, EEG, and mobile device enabled experience sampling, our research is focused on developing and improving evidence-based mindfulness treatments grounded in biological mechanisms and optimized for personalized benefit.

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Dan Siegel: Brain Insights and Well-Being

Dan Siegel: Brain Insights and Well-Being | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.


Using knowledge to link differentiated functions can change life for the better.


If integration creates well-being and happiness, how do we create integration? We can create integration through kind and compassionate relationships with others, and ourselves. And we can create integration in the brain—the focus of this Series. In this second part, we’ll meet the basic parts that can be linked which will be explored in-depth in future entries. Integration is the linkage of differentiated parts, and so first we need to know the individual parts to then use our mind’s ability to focus attention to link these together.

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New Year's Resolution: Recognize amygdala Hijack.  Time to put the limbic region on a peace plan.

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▶ Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference - YouTube

Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you.
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Amy Saltzman and Stephen Hickman discuss mindfulness programs for children and teens.  There is fine work going on in the San Diego area.


Teaching children to be aware, attentive, and present is something all teachers can appreciate.

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GUIDED 10-MINUTE MEDITATION WITH ANDY PUDDICOMBE

Click here to join Andy Puddicombe as he guides you through a ten-minute meditation, part of his "TAKE TEN" program. For more, read his book GET SOME HEADSPACE.
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I've been doing the Take Ten program and find it a fun and effective way to APP my way back into medication.  The APP is HEADSPACE and it's working for me! 

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10 minutes a day to help your students become more mindful?


Surely you can find 10 minutes in a class day for HEADSPACE? What if you found that mindfullness allowed you to save 10 minutes a day of doing behavior discipline?  Nice trade out. 

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Why Gratitude Makes You a Happier Person

Why Gratitude Makes You a Happier Person | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
“Stop pitying yourself, people have it worse, you should be grateful.” You’ve probably heard this before, and it’s some of the most cliché, unhelpful advice around. When gratitude is inspired by guilt, obligation, or shame, that’s not gratitude at all. True gratitude is a practical tool that serves a number of purposes beyond the after school special fluff of being thankful for what you have.
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A bit of formal thanks giving practice to help your holidays!

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Midsummer Mindfulness - Italy 2016

Midsummer Mindfulness - Italy 2016 | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
An experiential, highly participatory international gathering to explore mindfulness and MBSR with senior MBSR teachers of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

Join us for a day, three days, or for the entire program in a beautiful countryside conference center 25 minutes from Rome
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What a wonderful opportunity to breathe deep and enjoy life in Italy.

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Imagine...

Paddle Boarding with Whales in Esperance, Western Australia. Filmed in 4K. Shot and put together by me. Instagram: https://instagram.com/jaimenhudson Song: J...
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2 minutes of wonder  

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The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center

The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Separating findings from conclusions


I’ve been studying the amygdala for more than 30 years. When I started this work, research on this brain region was a lonely field of inquiry. The hippocampus was all the rage, and I sometimes felt jealous of the attention lavished on this brain region because of its contribution to memory. 

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Dr. Sutherland - William G. Sutherland DO, Father of Osteopathy In The Cranial Field

Dr. Sutherland - William G. Sutherland DO, Father of Osteopathy In The Cranial Field | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Dr. Sutherland was labeled a "heretic" and a "quack" for establishing the common sense principle that the body's central nervous system was in "constant rhythmic motion" and this motion was essential factor in human health and sustaining life. Today Dr. Sutherland's theory about the body's physiologic structure has been conclusively validated with the advancement of computerized diagnostic equipment.

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Not that long ago the idea of integrative medicine was thought of as a fringe movement. That time has passed.  Integrative health as a way for modern medicine to address health first is gaining momentum.  


Osteopathy is now mainstream, but still relatively unknown.  We live interesting times.  It is my hope that medicine, science, healing and health moves with "constant rhythmic motion". 

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The Freedom to Choose Something Different with Pema Chödrön

The Freedom to Choose Something Different with Pema Chödrön | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
In The Freedom to Choose Something Different, Pema Chödrön examines and illuminates this nebulous process, clearly identifying where and when you have the opportunity to change your habitual response patterns. . . to choose something different. In this eight-part video course, Pema personally walks you through the landscape of these internal thunderstorms and guides you through the tools to cultivate inner freedom.
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I've listened to hours of Pema's lectures.  Enlightening! 8-) 


Sounds True has put together an intriguing online course.  Consider it. 

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(Benefits) What is Compassion?

(Benefits) What is Compassion? | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Compassion is the most transforming energy in the universe with everything we all long for – kindness, caring, loving.  It is a courageous state of mind and heart, with far-reaching consequences in terms of how we experience ourselves and reality…


Does research supports the value of practicing Compassion?

Yes. Scientific research shows that being compassionate can improve health, well-being, relationships and sense of purpose.


Compassion can be cultivated by meditation practice and offers many benefits:

  • Strengthens brain circuits for pleasure and reward and leads to lasting increases in self-reported happiness
  • Reduces risk of heart disease by boosting the positive effects of the vagus nerve
  • Makes people more resilient to stress; lowers stress hormones in the blood and saliva
  • Boosts the immune response
  • Increases Positive emotion, decreases rumination
  • Decreases negative emotions such as: hatred, jealousy, anger
  • Enhances communication and connection with others so better relationships
  • More compassionate people / parents / workers / societies have better social skills, take care of their most vulnerable members, assist other nations in need, and perform more acts of kindness.

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Rick Hanson - Feeling Loved - YouTube

Empathy and Compassion in Society gives professionals a new perspective on the human capacity to cultivate empathy and compassion. http://compassioninsociety...
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This video captures Rick's presentation at the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference in San Francisco.

At the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference in San Francisco, I explored the primal importance of feeling loved. In this video of my talk, I explain the neuroscience behind this fundamental human need, plus offer practical ways to feel more cared about in everyday life. Enjoy!

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Judson Brewer - The Future of The Mind - LeWeb'14 Paris - YouTube

Published on Dec 10, 2014
Mindfullness is a big trend not only in the technology world, but in some unlikely places too. Super Bowl winners the Seattle Seahawks were taught yoga and sitting meditation as a part of their training. What happens when we all just slow down for a minute? What is the human mind really capable of? Neuroscientists are focused on the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function and cognition in both healthy and impaired individuals. There are some exciting developments on the horizon!

Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., Center For Mindfulness, Umass Medical School
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How do we write our own history? Memory Games

How do we write our own history? Memory Games | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Memory is malleable, dynamic and elusive. In this hour, TED speakers discuss how a nimble memory can improve your life, and how a frail one might ruin someone else's.
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What's the first word that pops to you mind when you heat the word MEMORY?  


Malleable is what my mind delivered today.

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Write your life story because God has made all of us of our own kind.

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Patch Adams, M.D. Integrative Medicine interview - YouTube

Uploaded on Jun 27, 2011

Patch talks more about integrative medicine and his experiences. Dr. Adams has pioneered a new model of medicine which embraces a humane and holistic approach and eliminates our dysfunctional and profit based system. (c)Kirk Mann 2011

http://youtu.be/SARHCS8DRJE
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