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Finding the Still Point in a Turning World

Finding the Still Point in a Turning World | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to lose our connection to the Still Point, and the further we get from it, the less it even occurs to us that we might need to visit it – because, after all, we have THINGS TO THINK ABOUT! THINGS TO DO!

 

When I hear people say they have tried to meditate, but it is just too hard, I know they have forgotten about (or maybe never knew) the inestimable and necessary beauty of the Still Point. . .

 

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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
www.choosingtobe.com

 

"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, 7:40 PM

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

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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.
Kat Tansey's insight:

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, 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, 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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It's Black Friday Again, Time to Shop...Or Meditate?!

It's Black Friday Again, Time to Shop...Or Meditate?! | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
It's time for Black Friday again. So, do you want to shop or meditate? How about both! Don't go blank when it's time to shop, just remember why you're there.
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Meditation teacher Jerome Stone takes a unique approach to Black Friday -- how about some mindful shopping?

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Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, November 27, 2013 12:55 PM

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Mindfulness Helps Teens with Depression

Mindfulness Helps Teens with Depression | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is entering the lives of many new young people as it’s added to school curriculums around the world. This victory is even more relevant as studies show that mindfulness helps reduce teen depression.
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The need for bringing mindfulness into school curriculums is urgent. There are enough studies now that to prove it is effective.

 

It is time to act. Do what you can to promote this. Do it where you are. Do it with what you have.

 

Build teams to make this happen. Expect resistance. Create a plan. Get someone who knows about selling involved. 

 

This can be done. We can do this. Now.

 

Kat Tansey

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Mindfulness needs to be added with even more urgency.

 

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Botox For The Brain

Botox For The Brain | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Meditation has been found to prevent the normal shrinkage of the brain that happens with age related decline and prevents cellular aging.
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Debbie Hampton came to meditation to help her recover from brain injury. I came to it to help me heal myself and emerge from the depths of depression. I write about the mystery and magic of meditation, and now Debbie backs it up with her studies in brain sciences. The Feline Zen Master is pleased . . .

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Military turns to meditation for PTSD

Military turns to meditation for PTSD | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Over the past nine years, more than 2 million American soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As many as several hundred thousand may now suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, experts say.
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Living with constant stress takes it toll. This excellent article highlights the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Fifteen minutes a day can change your brain and your life. 

 

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Efrain Centeno, PhD, LCSW, ChT's curator insight, October 25, 2013 1:41 AM

Study after study demonstrates the power of meditation to heal the many symptoms of PTSD.

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‘Minding The Bedside’ by Jerome Stone,

‘Minding The Bedside’ by Jerome Stone, | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
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I've been following Jerome Stone for some time, and find his writing and observations of particular interest because he is helping nurses bring mindfulness into the hospitals. If ever there was a place or a population that could use what he has to teach -- this is right up there, isn't it?

 

Here is a review of his book by Meaghan O'Keefe on scrubs.nurse.com. Pass this on to any nurses you know. . .

 

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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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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." 

 

Kat Tansey

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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

 

Kat Tansey

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Randy Bauer's curator insight, March 26, 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 . . .

 

Kat Tansey

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

Wouldn't you love to feel this way?

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Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
At first glance, Quiet Time - a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area - looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s.
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The work that David Lynch and Russell Brand are doing to help spread the practice of meditation is encouraging. Quiet Time as a stress reduction strategy -- what a great concept!

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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science) | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.
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This is a good list of reasons to meditate -- you will probably find one here that is meaningful to you . . .

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Dionne's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:31 PM

For those who need science to validate that mindfulness is worth the time, this article is for you

Blair Kettle's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:06 AM

A great book to read to get broader insight into brain plasticity and the growing body of science behind it is The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge. Mindfulness meditation and other psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are proving to be powerful tools for reshaping thinking processes and, it seems, the entire range of cognitive function.

 

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran (and others) have made significant contributions to brain plasticity research knowledge through his work with amputees. His March 2007 TED talk is highly worth the 23 minutes it takes to watch it. http://www.ted.com/talks/vilayanur_ramachandran_on_your_mind.html

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Mindfulness therapy might help veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder

A new study shows that veterans with PTSD who completed a mindfulness-based group treatment plan showed a significant reduction in symptoms as compared to patients who underwent treatment as normal.
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So much is being discovered about the benefits of meditation for the military, in healthcare, and in the schools -- it is time to pay attention to these studies and support these breakthroughs.

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line

Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
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More corporations are paying attention to the need for mindfulness, meditation, and wellness programs. The studies and experiments are showing that there are benefits not only to the participants, but to the corporations as well. 

 

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Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

Running Meditation: 5 Ways To Increase Mindfulness As You Run

http://www.doyouyoga.com/running-meditation-5-ways-to-increase-mindfulness-as-you-run/

 

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The beauty of mindfulness is that you can use it anytime, anywhere. Here are a few suggestions for how to make it part of your run -- or your walk.

 

You may want to print this short article and keep it handy to remind yourself next time you lace up your shoes (maybe roll it up and put it in one of your shoes so you can't miss seeing it).

 

Kat Tansey

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