Your meditator friends either look like they could smile through a sandstorm or are so neurotically self-aware that they drive you nuts with their “mindful” attitudes and “conscious” relating. Meanwhile, you’re so stressed you can’t sit and watch your thoughts. Or label them. Or “hold them with nonjudgmental awareness.” If mindfulness meditation hasn’t worked for you, don’t beat yourself up. There is no end of effective meditation strategies to calm the mind.
When included in addiction treatment and relapse prevention programs, mindfulness and meditation strategies have been shown to reduce anxiety and help to prevent relapse. But mindfulness and meditation are separate practices and even within meditation,...
Rahul Sharma's insight:
unfocused meditations outperform mindfulness.
unfocused meditation led to the most activation of brain areas that deal with the processing of memories and emotions. In fact, unfocused mediation far outperformed both focused meditation and rest in its activation of these areas essential for stress reduction and the successful processing of traumatic experiences.
Psychologist and author Shauna Shapiro explains what she sees as the three core components to mindfulness: intention, attention, and attitude.“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.” - Emo Philips
Poetry, like empathy, can be undervalued in today’s modern world. Poetry has the capacity to make the audience feel and not just think. Poetry takes the readers on a journey through their own emotional spectrum and that is why it is an art form that parents can find very valuable for their children. In order to appreciate poetry, one has to be open to one’s own empathetic nature, and that in and of itself is an act of social justice--the true power of art. Parents can read poetry with their children to interpret and analyze more complex issues together. Connecting to that part of us that innately understands and appreciates the empathetic state of mind in a wondrously meaningful practice that poetry instills in its readers.
Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and prayer have long been linked to wellness. Now researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center report that a single session can alter genetic pathways involved in inflammation, energy metabolism and insulin secretion.
Happiness is in your ability to love others ~ Leo Tolstoy Have you ever wished you could meditate but just didn’t know where to start? There’s a reason for that! When people talk about meditation, they sometimes make it sound as if there were just one type. But there isn’t, there are so many types: mantra meditations, breath meditations, sound meditations, concentration meditations, awareness meditations, visualization meditations, compassion meditations and the list goes on! Each was designed with a specific... Continue Reading
For these veterans, healing trauma was as simple as learning how to breathe.
"Though the military trains them for war, it does not train them for peace. After a long deployment of holding their breath in combat, they often return to civilian life no longer knowing how to breathe."
Inside the controversial new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
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CAMH's Dr. Kwame McKenzie explores the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Cites lack of imperical evidence and poor metholodigy. Also that there is an increased chance for overdiagnosis and misdiagnosis that could lead to epidemics in mental health.
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