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The Benefits of Meditation For Children And How To Get Them To Do It

The Benefits of Meditation For Children And How To Get Them To Do It | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

This is a nice collection of resources and creative ideas for helping children learn how to meditate. 

 

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Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. This infographic summarized some of the key findings about the benefits of meditation. When my colleagues at Stanford and at other universities started researching meditation, most of us expected that meditation would help with stress levels. However, what many of us did not anticipate was the extent of the benefits the data ended up showing. Hundreds of studies suggest that meditation... Continue Reading
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I've been meditating since the early 90's --I wrote about my struggles with learning to meditate in "Choosing To Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master."  Learning to meditate helped me recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and continues to benefit me in many ways, many of which are now documented in numerous studies. 

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Mindful Responds to New York Times' "The Muddied Meaning of Mindfulness" | Mindful

Mindful Responds to New York Times' "The Muddied Meaning of Mindfulness" | Mindful | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
People take up mindfulness for different reasons. Does that mean it's muddied?
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Response from Mindful Magazine provides some clarity about mindfulness . . .

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Seahawks Victory Shines Light on How Mindfulness Training Leads to Resiliency - TRACOM Group

Seahawks Victory Shines Light on How Mindfulness Training Leads to Resiliency - TRACOM Group | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
A recent testament of resiliency was witnessed by millions as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers to reclaim their NFC Championship title and a spot at the Superbowl XLIX.
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I've followed Pete Carroll for years, ever since he was the coach at USC. He is a wonderful example of how a leader can use mindfulness to coach individuals and build a great team.

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Scientific Benefits of Meditation - 76 things you might be missing out | Live and Dare

Scientific Benefits of Meditation - 76 things you might be missing out | Live and Dare | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Summary of the main scientific studies on the benefits of meditation, covering the different meditation techniques (Vipassana, TM, Mindfulness, etc).
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Well-written article that summarizes scientific studies on benefits of meditation -- also contains a well-done infographic of results we get from meditating.


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5 Buddhist Slogans for the Office - Lion's Roar

5 Buddhist Slogans for the Office - Lion's Roar | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
By practicing the famous mind training slogans, you can bring profound Buddhist wisdom into your day-to-day life.
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These mind training slogans are worth considering as a mindfulness practice for the office.  Read more about them and pick one to try tomorrow.


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A Surprising Treatment For Depression That May Be Just As Effective As Talking To A Therapist

A Surprising Treatment For Depression That May Be Just As Effective As Talking To A Therapist | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Even though a growing body of research has demonstrated the legitimate mental and physical health benefits of meditation, some people still consider mindfulness to be merely a New Age fad rather than a serious treatment option.

Now, a new Swedis...
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Learning to meditate in the early 90's helped me heal from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the depression that often comes with it. I wrote Choosing To Be: Lessons in Living from a Zen Master, which a story about my struggles with learning to meditate, to help others who are dealing with depression or simply want to learn to meditate. To learn more about the book, go to www.choosingtobe.com.




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It's Not Just For Your Brain: Meditating Can Actually Change Your DNA

It's Not Just For Your Brain: Meditating Can Actually Change Your DNA | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
The benefits of mindfulness meditation just keep piling up.
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I love it when magazines like Fast Company publish articles about the benefits of meditation . . . take a look at this one.

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Learning to Meditate is a Hero's Journey of the Mind

Learning to Meditate is a Hero's Journey of the Mind | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

Sometimes it is difficult to learn how to meditate from an enlightened guru, or at least it was for me when I was a beginner. I would read their words over and over, trying to understand what they were talking about -- but it was as though they were writing in a foreign language, one I had yet to learn.

 

I wrote about my own quest to become a meditator, and these writings evolved into the book "Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master," in which I describe the ups and downs of my struggle. My Maine Coon cat Poohbear Degoonacoon became the Feline Zen Master, and Catzenbear arrived as his kitten muse. Together we traveled the hero's journey, much like that of Don Quixote or Ulysses, except that most of the action happened within my own mind. (Come to think of it, much of their action happened in their minds too.)

 

You can enjoy our often humorous quest on Amazon Kindle. Who knows, perhaps you might even learn a thing or ten (as one of our generous reviewers wrote on Amazon).

 

Kat Tansey
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"I found Choosing to Be one of the better books on Zen or sitting practice."
     ~Thom Hartmann, radio show host and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books in print

 

"I love this book. It hides nothing, teaches much, and remains readable and delightful along the way."
     ~Ann Lewis, Recover Your Balance

 

"Choosing to Be is a short, original, comfortingly readable introduction to the Buddhist path, a way of living that places the primary responsibility for our happiness into our own paws, er…hands.”
     ~John Calabrese, Creations Magazine

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10 Ways Meditation Enhances Creativity - About Meditation

10 Ways Meditation Enhances Creativity - About Meditation | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | 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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Meditation gives us so many gifts.  Start now. Sit for 5 minutes. Just start and worry about the form, the practice, and all the rest of it later. Or if sitting for 5 minutes is too much, just sit for 2 minutes after you finish reading this and Do Nothing. Breathe. Relax your shoulders. Just Be.

 

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Our Attention Is Under Siege: Tony Schwartz and Daniel Goleman

The Energy Project's CEO, Tony Schwartz, sits down with thought leader Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence) to dis...
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Daniel Goleman is raising the ante with his new book on "Focus." He says, "the game has changed so much that we have to get conscious and intentional about something we took for granted" -- i.e. our ability to attend and focus.

 

Technology is invading our ability to attend at an alarming rate .  We need to develop tools to help us raise our awareness of what is going on in our mind and know how to bring it back. 

 

Turn off Facebook, Twitter, in fact turn off the computer for a day. No cell phone. If this makes you anxious, then it may be time to get some help in learning how to regain control of your mind.

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Ann-WomanTalk Live's curator insight, October 23, 2013 1:47 PM

Most of the women I know feel pulled in so many directions.  Our culture - listen to me, right now, I want it now, I want you to do it now - promotes us being on the go all the time and feeling guilty when we aren't.  I believe it's time to settle in and shut down on a regular basis - to know what's happening within ourselves and to come out fresher with a new lease on life.

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LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit

LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, meditation has evolved from an of-the-moment fad to a legitimate health craze, as research has linked the practice to everything from improved cardiovascular health to cognitive benefits. Science has even shown that mindfulne...
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Very nice graphic and summary of studies in this article about how meditation benefits us in so many ways.

 

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, May 15, 2014 7:40 PM

Studies show #meditation can rewire your brain to be more connected and less reactive.

Shakia's curator insight, May 19, 2014 12:37 PM

Meditating will put your mind at restaurant and get rid of the stress. It helps you calm your nerves and be peaceful. It takes your mind away from everything and focuses you on what's better for you. 

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Letting Go: What it means. How to do it.

Letting Go: What it means. How to do it. | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Renunciation is not giving up the things of the world, but accepting that they go away.
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Learning about letting go is, in my humble opinion, one of the more important lessons in life. I wrote about the Hindrance of Clinging in Choosing To Be -- I learned about how to deal with it then, and I continue to learn more about it every day. 

 

To understand that clinging is human nature, sit and watch your thoughts for a few minutes. Feel the stickiness of some of them. Watch yourself holding on to them . . .

 

Kat Tansey

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Rosanne G. Murray's curator insight, March 2, 2014 6:08 PM

What's holding you back? What can't you let go of? What do you need to cleanse from your diet?

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So That's Their Secret: Pete Carroll Makes All Seahawks Players Take Yoga And Meditate | Elite Daily

So That's Their Secret: Pete Carroll Makes All Seahawks Players Take Yoga And Meditate | Elite Daily | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
The Seattle Seahawks are undoubtedly the most poppin' team in the NFL today. They have the cool west coast coach, a swag star for a quarterback, some fresh-
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Think I will watch the Superbowl this year and see what meditation can do for football . . .

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Pierre Gauthier's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:32 AM

If it's good enough for the Seahawks...

 

Short article and not a lot of detail, but just the sort of thing that can change a lot of skeptical minds. 

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The Messy Truth About Mindfulness | Mindful

The Messy Truth About Mindfulness | Mindful | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
"Confusion about mindfulness is warranted." Researcher and mindfulness practitioner Willoughby Britton discusses some of the excitement and pitfalls of mindfulness' rise to popularity.
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Brief, thought-provoking videos with a mindfulness researcher that help us step back a little from the mindfulness craze to gain more insight about what type of practice might be best for beginners.

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This Neuroscientist Proves Well-Being Can Change the Brain (Infographic) | Mindful

This Neuroscientist Proves Well-Being Can Change the Brain (Infographic) | Mindful | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Richie Davidson's research looks at how we can change our brains for the better, from meditation and stress-reduction to education and PTSD.
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We've come a long way in understanding the many benefits of meditation. And one of the biggest contributors to the science of how meditation helps us is Richie Davidson. 

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, January 31, 8:44 AM

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, which many researchers believe is the #1 risk factor for ill-health and age-related diseases and conditions. Learn more about basics of meditation at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/meditation/ .

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5 Excuses Not to Meditate, 5 Reasons to Give it a Try Anyway | Mindful

5 Excuses Not to Meditate, 5 Reasons to Give it a Try Anyway | Mindful | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
You want to spend some quiet time with your mind, but you have excuses. Take a moment to examine them. They might not be such a big deal.
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I love the way this infographic captures why we resist meditation and what it can do for us.  Take a look and see whether the benefits outweigh your resistance . . . 

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Gina Rafkind's curator insight, January 24, 9:27 PM

So many benefits.....sometimes ya just gotta start......

Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, January 25, 5:48 PM

There's a lot of misunderstanding about meditation. It's not that hard to learn. It's not voodoo. It's proven to improve both mental and physical health. Learn more about meditation at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/meditation/ .

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How To Find Limitless Confidence Through Meditation

How To Find Limitless Confidence Through Meditation | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Meditation builds confidence through the art of letting everything go. Here are 3 key insights to help you build limitless confidence through meditation.
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This is a very helpful website for beginning meditators -- some great resources and guided meditations here . . .


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San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | 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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Yet another study demonstrates the power of meditation to transform students and school environments.  What if we focused on implementing this practice in more schools? How about a quiet revolution . . .

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It's Not All About Meditation: 4 Additional Practices To Cultivate A Quiet Mind

It's Not All About Meditation: 4 Additional Practices To Cultivate A Quiet Mind | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Aside from daily meditation, here's how you can keep your mind quiet by following these four simple practices:
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Just for today, pick one everyday activity, do it s-l-o-w-l-y and observe what this feels like.  Whenever I do this, it feels like a little vacation from my normal speedy pace.


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Mindfulness is Taking Root—Help it Grow | Mindful

Mindfulness is Taking Root—Help it Grow | Mindful | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Mindful updates, funding goals, and looking ahead to 2015.
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Jon Kabat-Zinn talks briefly about Mindfulness practices now going on in British Parliament -- read Mindful Magazine to be informed about the spread of mindfulness in government, schools, military, medicine, and other frontiers.

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Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
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Meditators know that a daily practice reduces stress and helps them function better. Now MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history show how meditation produces massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter.  


Participants spent an average of 27 minutes per day for 8 weeks practicing mindfulness exercises, and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.  


Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. 


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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 15, 9:04 AM

Aside from what is proven - the way one feels engaging in it makes the benefit self-evident if you ask me... :)

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Five Helpful Steps to Becoming a Meditator

Five Helpful Steps to Becoming a Meditator | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

Why meditate?

 

I've started sitting again after a long absence and it is both humbling and illuminating at the same time. I'm starting small -- just 20 minutes, and it seems like an eternity . . .

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Why meditate?

 

I've started sitting again after a long absence and it is both humbling and illuminating at the same time. I'm starting small -- just 20 minutes, and it seems like an eternity.

 

How did I let my practice get away from me? And why have I waited so long to begin again? Ah, begin again, there's the rub. After all, I am a long-time meditator. I even wrote a book about it. Why am I here sitting with my legs hurting, starting over?

 

It's a long story, not one for the telling right now. The point is, I am back on my cushion and today I watched my mind frantically grasp one thought after another for 20 excruciatingly long minutes. It made me smile, and then it made me laugh out loud.

 

All these years I have encouraged, begged, pleaded with people to do this? Good grief, why would anyone want to do this?

 

I'll tell you why. Because for those twenty minutes I became my own best friend. I watched my mind with compassion, and, as Pema Chodron says in her new book on How to Meditate,  I began again the practice of open awareness. As she describes it: "Feeling the tightness, the urgency, and letting it go -- again, and again, and again." This, my friends, is courage. And I don't know about you, but I am sorely in need of courage these days.

 

So here I am again, encouraging you to begin a meditation practice -- I mean, why should I be the only one who knows how to find courage simply by sitting on my butt?

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Why I Embraced Meditation After Having A Panic Attack On Live TV: Dan Harris

Why I Embraced Meditation After Having A Panic Attack On Live TV: Dan Harris | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Good Morning America and Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris reveals how he relied on recreational drugs to cope with the stresses of being a war correspondent. After receiving an assignment to cover
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If you are skeptical about mindfulness meditation or know someone who is, Dan Harris might just be the guy who can get through to you or your friend that this mindfulness thing is something you might want to consider. 

Enjoyable, funny, down-to-earth remarks by a guy who eventually overcame his skepticism and now calls mindfulness meditation a Superpower -- a game changing skill that helps you respond wisely to stimuli instead of reacting blindly.

This talk gets my vote as "Best presentation of mindfulness and what it can mean to you -- for those people who have been left out of the conversation until now." 

 

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Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents

Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

"Our mission is to help lead the integration of mindfulness into education. We are a non-profit organization that offers a complete multi-level training program for adults, in-class instruction for children, and other resources to support mindfulness in education. Our program has used a scientifically proven technique called mindfulness to teach self-awareness, focus, impulse control, and empathy to over 18,000 children and 750 teachers in 70 schools, about 70% serving predominantly low-income children."

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If you are interested in teaching mindfulness in your classroom, this is your opportunity to:  learn and practice mindfulness yourself; learn a proven curriculum for teaching in the classroom; and become certified to teach this curriculum to K-12 students.

 

Even if you decide not to teach this curriculum, treat yourself to their online course in mindfulness -- it will change your life, and just by changing your life you will begin to change the lives of your students.

 

Be the change. ~ Gandhi

 

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Randy Bauer's curator insight, March 26, 2014 7:34 PM

What will the Next Generation have to offer if our Youth is exposed to, and learns the applications of Mindfulness?

What will follow Millenials?

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More Mindfulness, Less Meditation

More Mindfulness, Less Meditation | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
There is a difference between mindfulness meditation and simple mindfulness. The latter isn’t a practice separate from everyday life. Mindfulness just means becoming more conscious of what you’re feeling, more intentional about your behaviors and more attentive to your impact on others.
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Learning to meditate can be daunting. Why not just spend a few minutes focusing on something in your mind's eye, or a few minutes watching your thoughts go by? Take a few breaths and become aware of your body.

 

Anyone can do this. It takes little time, no special environment required, no training needed. Just sit for a few minutes, breathe, observe your thoughts, or focus on one image. That's it.

 

Doing this whenever you can will increase your ability to be mindful throughout the day. For me, that has always been the goal of my meditation practice -- not what happens during my sitting; rather, how I deal with real life . . .

 

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Barbara Briguglio's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:14 AM

Wouldn't you love to feel this way?