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"Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers " - UC Santa Barbara News Release | Teacher Learning Networks

"Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers " - UC Santa Barbara News Release | Teacher Learning Networks | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers

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Research continues to verify what many of us experience on a daily basis. Mindfulness is a way to improve your thinking. 

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ozziegontang's curator insight, April 22, 2013 8:35 AM

Just a reminder that while all this amazing research is being done; the human part of the story is:  Mindfulness Is A Practice.


It is about quieting the chatter. It is realizing that multi-tasking is an abstraction and a distraction. 


Sorkh Razil is a reminder of how easy it is to lose one's humanity to technology.  Lee Thayer put it: We create technology and then technology creates us.  I would add, we forget that our most advanced technological tool is our brain shared in this group of herd/back animals called humanity.


I cannot teach you anything.  I can share my perspective and interpretation.


As Siddhartha shared:  I can think. I can wait. I can fast.


Sitting quietly, I can observe my thoughts. I can wait as I go back to observing my breath.  It is interesting that we call it fasting whereas we are slowing by not being consumed by the comsuming we need for staying alive. In such a practice we get more deeply in touch with our being alive.

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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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5 Simple Tips to Encourage Empathy In Your Kids

5 Simple Tips to Encourage Empathy In Your Kids | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Empathy has so many benefits, both for our kids and for more effective parenting. For instance:

  • Children get along better with other kids because they can put themselves in their shoes.
  • Children learn to regulate their emotions, such as during meltdowns and when they’re over excited.
  • Children can separate other people’s emotions from theirs. For instance, a child may get upset when he sees another child cry. But with empathy, he learns that the other child is the one who really needs help.


Below are effective ways of teaching our kids to show empathy:

  • #1: Create a happy home....
  • #2: Discuss being in other people’s shoes....
  • #3: Highlight common interests and feelings....
  • #4: Mention how their actions affect others....
  • #5: Model empathy...

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Learning to BREATHE | A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents

Learning to BREATHE | A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Learning to BREATHE is a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents designed for classroom or other settings. The program is tailored to the needs of adolescents in order to help them manage stress, strengthen emotion regulation and attention, and improve well-being. The complete Learning to BREATHE curriculum, including 6 and 18 session versions and free, downloadable supplementary materials, is available from New Harbinger Publications.

If you are interested in on-site training, please contact Trish Broderick at pcb13@psu.edu.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 5, 2013 7:39 PM

I am currently reviewing Dr. Boderick's book.  I've decided to curate articles and research references I find in this most interesting publication.  I've only begun and I'm already intrigued. 

Kati Sarvela's curator insight, March 12, 4:53 AM

Learning to breath... sounds simple. But still difficult.

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All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
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10 minutes a day. Everyone can find 10 minutes right?

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Home - Buddhist eLibrary

Home - Buddhist eLibrary | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
The Buddhist eLibrary has been setup to support the study and practice of the Buddha´s Teachings in all Buddhist traditions. As the eLibrary develops we hope eventually to include the cultures and languages they represent as well.
 
Therefore, we seek your ongoing involvement and support in developing this resource so that the eLibrary can comprehensively cater for all who use its resources, whether for academic use or just general interest.
 
We do not charge or restrict the use of the content, so whether you are new to the Buddha´s Teachings or wish to expand your knowledge, please feel free to make use of the material that is offered.
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Library, social network, e-books, images, audio, and video. (Center or off-Center it's an interesting place to browse.

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Juan Antonio Castán's curator insight, November 3, 5:44 AM

For those interested in Buddhism

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Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation

Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Here are my top five observations on why meditation and working out, among many mindfulness techniques, are such a good combination.

Breaking Inertia Is An Inner & Outer Matter
Creating Inner Space on the Cushion & The Treadmill
The Mind-Body Connection is Profound
Measuring Inner & Outer Progress
Building Intention, Focus, and Self Confidence
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I've been attempting to walk mindfully.  I'm open to any advice I can find. 

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Skeptic's Guide to Meditation

INFOGRAPHIC: The Skeptic's Guide to Meditation | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
If you've ever considered—but instantly dismissed—meditation, this one's for you.
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Here's a clever infographic that delivers sound information in an easy to scan manner.

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Here's What Google Teaches Employees In Its 'Search Inside Yourself' Course

Here's What Google Teaches Employees In Its 'Search Inside Yourself' Course | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Every year, thousands of Googlers take one of a dozen company courses on mindfulness meditation, the increasingly prevalent practice of having a "balanced awareness" of what's happening around you. 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/search-inside-yourself-googles-life-changing-mindfulness-course-2014-8#ixzz3AF12hXKw
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Attention Training

Self-Knowledge

Creating mental habits


Ah.... Google

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Flow, the secret to happiness

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Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."
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A recipe for getting into the Flow that you can apply to many aspects of life.

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Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 15, 11:14 AM

He has been talking about flow for many years. I have his books and they date back 20+ years. 

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The Happiness Culture: Zappos Isn't a Company -- It's a Mission

The Happiness Culture: Zappos Isn't a Company -- It's a Mission | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Tony Hsieh sold earthworms greeting cards and slices of pizza. Along the way he never considered that a failed business meant he was a failure. Then...

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Thanks to Annette Schmeling for this reminder.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 5, 9:34 AM

'Happiness' itself is not a core value at Zappos, but the organizational alignment with core values is so powerful that you cannot miss the end result. Zappos core values center on customer service and connect the employees as human beings. The values are timeless and do not change - the practices and strategies of business should change all of the time. 

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How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are)

How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are) | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced rushing mindlessly through our daily routines, missing how there are many opportunities to turn routine activities into moments for mindfulness, (How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are)...


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ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 4:57 AM

The operational word is: Practice.  Pema Chodron would say one is learning from the Busy Buddha or the Rushing Buddha.

Julianna Bonola's curator insight, October 15, 12:11 AM

How can you practice mindfulness today?  It's simple really, and here are a few very simple ways to enjoy the benefits of living a mindful life.

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

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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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a still quiet place... A mindfulness program for teaching children and adolescents

a still quiet place... A mindfulness program for teaching children and adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
With wisdom, kindness, and inspiring clarity, born from years of mindful living and teaching mindfulness, Amy Saltzman, M.D. guides us through the research proven practical steps of how to help young people learn the fundamentals of resilience, focus, and compassion. Science supported, clinically sound, and educationally brilliant, this book will provide essential tools for all who wish to learn from a master about how children and adolescents can discover their “still quiet place,” the source of their emotional and social intelligence and a lifelong center of inner peace.”
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I taught elementary and middle school for nearly 25 years.  I found my way to a few of the places Amy Saltzman illuminates in this fine book.  I only wish I knew then, what I know now and that I'd had this kind of guidance as a young teacher.

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Mindfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation=Thankfulness

Mindfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation=Thankfulness | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

From Ozzie Gontang:


Laura Fine taught me what it means to have an Attitude of Gratitude. Appreciation has been shared by so many patients who have been part of the Healing Hearts and Lifestyle Change Program at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. These gifts have been shared so deeply by my family and friends over the years. Today I am mindful of the love of my family as Kip and I visit Erin & John, Allison & Takaki this Thanksgiving here in Boston.

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Thank you Ozzie for mindful reminder on this national day of Thanksgiving! 


My heart has been healed.

My lifestyle has changed.

I am thankful for all that you do.


~ Dennis

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The bamboo homes of Bali

CBS Sunday Morning: Published on May 18, 2014

On the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, there are homes tucked into the jungle that look like something out of a fairytale. They're designed to have soaring roof lines, few walls or windows - and nearly everything is fashioned from bamboo. Seth Doane reports.

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These beautiful homes are sustainable works of art found on the Island of Bali.  


This expression is rooted in the Green School, a private school built mostly from bamboo.  It's bright bit of hope from Bali for the 300 students who learn there. 

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Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.
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Interesting to see Kurzweil thinking so quickly. This video is from 2005.  10 years of change.  5 years to the 20-20's. I'm hanging in there living each day and imagining the near future prospects of these ideas.

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Karen Sothers Sacred Pause: Guided Meditations for Renewing Mind, Body & Soul

Karen Sothers  Sacred Pause: Guided Meditations for Renewing Mind, Body & Soul | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
This gem of a CD, initially made for The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, offers five different kinds of highly effective, easy-to-follow meditation. Relaxation expert Karen Sothers merges voice, presence, expertise and charisma on this superb sampler, to provide organic guidance in the most popular, accessible ways to meditate. (67 minutes)
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I've been listening and breathing with Karen's guided meditations for several years. It's a remarkable and effective way to find 'peace and stillness in a busy world',  


I so appreciate the gift Karen has given me. Share it. 

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Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking

Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Walking meditation, also called mindful walking, combines the basic principles of meditation, such as breathing, concentration and relaxation with rhythmic walking. “As with traditional meditation, walking meditation can reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, create feelings of well-being, help you sleep, improve your mood and help you manage stress,” says Shirley Archer, a fitness expert who teaches walking meditation workshops at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
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This article presents 5 practices to help you into mindful walking.  The third practice "Find a Mantra" rang my memory bell and helped be understand that all the years I spent hiking and climbing were in so many way mindful walking. 


I used the mountaineer's rest step and a simple chant to climb high passes with a heavy pack. It was very hard work that on occassion lead to bliss. 


Thinking back on those experiences fills my mind with ease. My travel memories are a rich library. Evoking the best of them makes now a more mindful place. 

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10 Ways Meditation Enhances Creativity - About Meditation

10 Ways Meditation Enhances Creativity - About Meditation | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Here are 10 ways that meditation enhances creativity: improve your painting, writing, singing, dancing, office brainstorming, and all creative endeavors.
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Here's another way to answer the old complaint: I don't have enough time to meditate. 

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Things You Really Need to Learn ~ Stephen's Web

Things You Really Need to Learn ~ Stephen's Web | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects
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Nice list!

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Learning to BREATHE: A pilot trial of a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents.

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Nature: Sunday Morning

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Sunday Morning videos on Nature.

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Those short films at the end of each Sunday Morning Broadcast are a very brief mindful pause rare to find in mainstream media. I found this archive by searching with the keyword: Nature:  


Enjoy

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Feeling Self-Critical? Try Mindfulness

Feeling Self-Critical? Try Mindfulness | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

New research shows that mindfulness may help us to stop comparing ourselves to other people. (It's #mindfulmonday!


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Thanks to Ozzie Gongtang for scooping this my way. 

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#MindfulMonday is a gift from dear friend Mary Lore and her work and writings around Managing Thought. Check out ManagingThought.com