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Noticing New Things as a Mindfulness Practice

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Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer is one of the leading experts on mindfulness from the perspective of Western academic psychology.

 

The way to pay sustained attention, she says, is to notice new things. Staring at something quickly becomes boring, so don't just look at the whole object, look at its parts, and their relation to the whole. You'll find things you never noticed before right in front of your nose.

 

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Mindfulness is about Paying Attention with a capital P and a capital A. In my book Choosing to Be, I learn about paying attention when I see how completely absorbed my kitten Catzenbear is while watching the whirlpool of water as it drains out of the tub. 

 

In this excellent 5 minute video, Ellen Langer gives some other examples that illustrate how easy it can be to begin a practice of mindfulness. 

 

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Research shows meditation improves the immune system and reduces blood pressure.

Research shows meditation improves the immune system and reduces blood pressure. | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

Meditation improves the immune system, reduces blood pressure and even sharpens the mind, according to research.

 

The authors identify four key components of "mindfulness" - the state of meditation - that may account for its effects: attention regulation, body awareness, emotion regulation, and sense of self. Together, these help us deal with the effects of stress.

 

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The benefits of meditation - from the MIT News Office

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MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice of meditation helps tune out distractions and relieve pain. In a study published in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, researchers found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms.

 

The subjects trained in meditation also reported that they felt less stress than the non-meditators. “Their objective condition might not have changed, but they’re not as reactive to their situation,” Kerr says. “They’re more able to handle stress.”

 

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