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What Is Meditation? Sometimes It’s About Failure!

What Is Meditation? Sometimes It’s About Failure! | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

Jerome Stone addresses one of the most common aversions to meditation -- that often we feel like failures when our minds are behaving like runaway monkeys, and we believe there should be no thought. This is a misunderstanding, as much of meditation is learning about our minds, no matter what they are doing. Excellent article!

 

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 6, 2013 3:28 PM

Jerome Stone does a great job of providing a content rich site for both beginners and seasoned meditators.

Full Article:  http://www.mindingthebedside.com/2012/09/what-is-meditation-sometimes-its-about-failure/

Shane Davis's curator insight, March 10, 2013 1:34 AM

One key to effective meditation is to no thave any expectations of an outcome. That would be like saying if this day doesnt result in this or that I will be disappointed and consider it a bad day. Letting go of expectations actually can help you to attain a lot of waht we meditate for anyways. Believe me... this is easier said than done. But it gets easier with repitition.

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Busy Signal -- How Multitasking Leads to Ignorance

Busy Signal -- How Multitasking Leads to Ignorance | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

As I write this I am eating my breakfast and checking back to the Busy Signal article to see if there is a quote I want to use. I live in two worlds -- the world of multitasking and the world of meditation. When I don't spend enough time in meditation, I feel myself unraveling, doing more and more with less and less true connection and insight.

 

There have been studies and articles about the value or possible harm of multitasking from both sides, pro and con. I tend to be in the middle, because that is where I live. But if I were to choose I would have to side with cons, simply because I see so many people who do not have some sort of meditation or quieting the mind practice, and when we discuss the benefits of such a practice they invariably say something like "I just can't sit still long enough to meditate" or "My mind races too much to mediate." And yet, if they were to be still and look at their lives as an observer rather than a participant, they might be able to see that they are in a speed race to nowhere.

 

This article is written by Andrew Olendzki, Ph.D., who is the executive director and senior scholar at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, in Barre, Massachussetts. Unlike many of the studies about multitasking, he looks at the issue from the perspective of the Buddha's teaching. Enjoy!

 

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Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Loneliness in Older Adults, Carnegie Mellon Study Shows

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Loneliness in Older Adults, Carnegie Mellon Study Shows | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

The perception of loneliness is in the mind, so what better way to ease it than with mindfulness meditation? An innovative study at Carnegie Mellon has produced some encouraging results, not only in easing the feeling of loneliness but in reducing elevated pro-inflammatory gene expression in the participants' immune cells. Inspiring work!


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Are you meditating -- or are you sleeping?

Are you meditating -- or are you sleeping? | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

A meditation teacher responds to her students' question about falling asleep during meditation. She gives a succinct answer and provides a few suggestions that may be helpful to all you "sleepers" out there.

 

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I was wrong about Trafalgar Square's meditation flashmob . . .

I was wrong about Trafalgar Square's meditation flashmob . . . | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

I've seen a few videos of meditation flashmobs -- the problem is that watching one via video is pretty much like watching paint dry. Here is a live report from a Brit who had her doubts but went to see for herself what it was like actually being part of one.

 

Naseem Khan reflects on her experience in this article -- "Meditating in public places has always made me uneasy, but this flashmob was half an hour of the purest sanity..."

 

I'm grateful to Naseem for her report -- much more interesting than a video. . .

 

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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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Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification ("folding" of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) then non-meditators.

 

I usually like to focus on the proven benefits of meditation that might be realized within a relatively short time frame, however this recently publicized study has such significant implications for the long term that it caught my eye.

 

Imagine -- over the 20 years of my meditation practice, my cortex has folded much more often than that of non-meditators.  I love picturing all those folds -- and I'm looking forward to developing many more. . .

 

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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults & Teens with ADHD

Mindfulness Meditation for Adults & Teens with ADHD | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

As con­cep­tu­al­iza­tions of ADHD now increas­ingly rec­og­nize the impor­tance of exec­u­tive func­tion­ing and self-regulation in the dis­or­der, mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion — which can be thought of as a type of attention/cognitive exer­cise pro­gram that is focused in improv­ing self-regulation — is a com­ple­men­tary treat­ment that is well worth inves­ti­gat­ing.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions the Buddha Might Have Made

New Year’s Resolutions the Buddha Might Have Made | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

This is a wonderful article about Resolutions that are grounded in wisdom and might very well enrich our lives, even if they are not made at the beginning of the New Year. In fact, we might consider reading this list every month, just to remind us of the possibilities for the rest of the year.  <Kat Tansey>

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Mindfulness or Medication: Who will beat Insomnia?

Mindfulness or Medication: Who will beat Insomnia? | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

As a 20-year practitioner of mindfulness meditation, and the researcher/author of Insomnia Relief Recipes several years ago, I am intimately familiar with the major impact that meditation can have in resolving sleep problems.  I am delighted to share this article by Ruth Buczynski about a study comparing the results of meditation versus medication to help people sleep better -- there really is a better, safer way to get the sleep you need, and it's not spelled medication.

 

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Mindfulness. . .what is it? How does it work? What can it do?

Mindfulness. . .what is it? How does it work? What can it do? | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

This article was written by Ruth Buczynsky, who is the President and Co-Founder of The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. NICABM, as it is called, has created a program to help practioners learn now to use mindfulness to help themselves and their patients.  

 

In this piece, Ruth provides an excellent description of what mindfulness practice is all about. This is one of the best descriptions I have read -- enjoy!

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My Mindfulness Practice Has Gotten Boring! What Happened To The Good Feelings?

My Mindfulness Practice Has Gotten Boring! What Happened To The Good Feelings? | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

I hadn't thought about this stage of my meditation practice for some time until I read this excellent article. As I reflected on my life before meditation (20 years ago), I remembered my need for drama, for big wins, for brilliant breakthroughs in order to feel alive.

 

And then I remembered that at some point in my meditation practice I too experienced this passage, this time when I felt that being a meditator had made me boring. I was comparing my mind to the minds of my friends and colleagues who valued the drama in their lives. As I let go of these comparisons, I felt a sense of freedom and was able to experience the joy that mindfulness brings. 

 

I think you will find this Psychology Today article quite insightful.

 

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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

Like most meditators, I faced many obstacles in establishing a regular meditation practice. So I've created a free e-book that identifies the obstacles to establishing a meditation practice and provides steps to overcome them.

 

Many people have been helped in establishing their meditation practice by the information in this brief e-book. This is practical information you won’t get anywhere else. It’s short, with stories, pictures, and a bit of humor. 

 

PS - I created this Promise of Mindfulness Meditation blog you are reading now because I know without a shadow of a doubt that the practice of meditation makes a difference in peoples' lives. I hope you will follow this publication and share it with your friends. Together we can change the world -- one mind at a time!

 

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Could Mindfulness Meditation Increase Creativity?

Could Mindfulness Meditation Increase Creativity? | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

One of the benefits of a meditation practice is that it allows you to access what we call "beginner's mind" -- which comes in handy when you are problem solving. Here's a study that shows how people who meditate are able to find quicker, easier solutions to logic problems than people who do not meditate. Given the complexities in the world today, having "beginner's mind" can make your life easier in many ways -- I like to think of it as X-Ray vision.

 

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Why Meditate? Are You Tired of Being Angry, Sad, Jealous, or…Exhausted?

Why Meditate? Are You Tired of Being Angry, Sad, Jealous, or…Exhausted? | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

Jerome Stone is a man on a mission. He wrote Minding the Bedside to help nurses learn about and practice meditation -- to help them be present for their patients. He knows how important this is as he has been a practicing nurse for many years.

 

I see great leverage in Jerome's work -- every nurse who learns to meditate will be able to be there for his or her patients, no matter how stressed (and I am sure their lives are very stressed) they are in any particular moment.

 

Take a look at Jerome's website, download his free materials -- and consider giving his book as a gift to any nurse you care about.

 

We have the power to can help Jerome Stone make a difference, one nurse at a time.

 

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How Mindfulness Can Help You Be a Better Photographer

How Mindfulness Can Help You Be a Better Photographer | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

One benefit of becoming a meditator that is not often discussed is that as you become more mindful, awake, and aware -- you might become a better photographer.

 

You will develop a different way of seeing, one that allows you to take in the complete scene and hold it in your awareness. And at the same time you begin to pay attention to the rhythms and small changes happening in that scene. It is really a multitude of individual scenes, and you may never get the best shot when your mind focuses on only one possibility and your finger presses the button.

 

Of course, if you shoot a lot of pictures, you will probably find the one picture of that scene that works. This is allowing the camera to do the work for you. Mindfulness allows you to be a more intimate part of the process.

 

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Meditation and Its Regulatory Role on Sleep

Meditation and Its Regulatory Role on Sleep | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
If you want the greatest benefits from your sleep, whether eight-hours of uninterrupted sleep, or a four-hour insomniac’s sleep, you've got to meditate!

 

Meditator Jerome Stone makes this statement, and as a meditator and a researcher about insomnia, I know this to be true. 

 

There are times in our life when we sleep more hours straight through than other times -- but if we practice meditation, we find that we don't need to get in a panic about a bout of what we might think of as that dreaded "insomnia."

 

I occasionally wake up around 3 am to go to the bathroom. When I come back to bed, I arrange the pillows for a backrest and sit in my usual meditation position. Often just 10-15 minutes of meditation brings my brainwaves down to the more relaxed Alpha state. 

 

Then I just change the pillows back to the sleeping position, turn off the light, and drop off like a baby.

 

(Note: Many "experts" will tell you to get out of bed when you wake up and go do something else until you are sleepy again. I suspect these people are not meditators.)

 

Enjoy Jerome's post -- his blog is worth following, in my humble opinion.

 

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10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Work Day

10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Work Day | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

This is an excellent article about how to bring the practice of mindfulness to work with you. Consider picking one of these ideas and trying it out for a few days. Then consider adding another and see where that takes you. These are simple ideas that can produce powerful results with practice. . .

 

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In meditative mindfulness, Rep. Tim Ryan sees benefits for harried lives.

In meditative mindfulness, Rep. Tim Ryan sees benefits for harried lives. | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

I was fortunate to see Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio speak at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in February. I bought an early copy of his book, "A Mindful Nation" in which he presents studies on the effectiveness of mindfulness training in the military, healthcare, and schools.

 

Tim Ryan is stumping not for votes but for his book -- to awaken the American public to the many benefits of meditation and mindfulness. He is a fresh face in the mindfulness circuit, and a passionate, well informed advocate.

 

Read "A Mindful Nature" and share it with others -- it, to me, is a beacon of hope and a call for action. Where can you go to introduce others to mindfulness practice and make a difference?

 

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Teaching Mindfulness to Military Families

Teaching Mindfulness to Military Families | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

This is a brief, nicely done video of how one military officer is sharing meditation and mindfulness with military families stationed in Germany.  

 

I like the format of this class, particularly the part at the end where participants get to speak about how what they are learning affects their lives. Instead of everyone leaving the class to go their separate ways, this allows participants to develop a sense of a shared community, which reinforces their practice and their connection to the class.

 

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How meditation heals emotions

How meditation heals emotions | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

"How does the mind act like tea?"

 

"Just as tea takes the shape of whatever container it’s poured into, the mind tends to assume the shape of whatever thought, emotion, or sensation captures its attention. But it doesn’t just assume the shape of what is arising– it identifies with the object of attention."

~ Eric Klein

 

Eric Klein is a superb teacher who brings a very special energy to his teachings I've not encountered elsewhere. He doodles. Not just any doodles, but doodles that touch us, inspire us, make us laugh -- as we take a deep breath, go inside ourselves, and smile.

 

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A Mindful Strategy for a Resilient New Year

A Mindful Strategy for a Resilient New Year | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

The end of January is often a time of reckoning for those people who make New Year's Resolutions. If you are beginning to beat yourself up because you haven't kept your promises to yourself, perhaps it's time to take a new approach. 

 

I like Elisha Goldstein's idea for a Mindful Strategy for a Resilient New Year much better than the old New Year's Resolutions. Resolutions hardly ever work, then we beat ourselves up, give up, and wait until next year to start over. It is not the resolution that is so critical, it is our ability to be resilient in the implementation of it. Read what Goldstein has to say, and give yourself a do-over for 2012.

 

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7 Reasons To Avoid Meditation

7 Reasons To Avoid Meditation | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

I love meditators who have a sense of humor -- hope you enjoy Tim Brownson's tongue-in-cheek post as much as I did!

 

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Former Editor of Oprah Magazine Opts Out for a More Mindful Life

Former Editor of Oprah Magazine Opts Out for a More Mindful Life | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it

--Amy Gross was editor in chief of O, the Oprah Magazine from 2000 to 2008. She writes . . .

 

"After decades of the monthly magazine cycle, the thrill of spotting a fresh idea, shaping it for our audience, commissioning the right writer --that thrill had subsided to a small tickle. Instead I was finding challenge, purpose, and meaning offsite, in mindfulness meditation, the Buddha’s prescription to end suffering. He discovered that if you pay attention to what’s going on, moment to moment—without trying to hold onto what feels good or push away what feels bad—your relationship to pain changes."

 

Kat's Note:

I'm not advocating that we drop out of our busy lives -- but learning to meditate provides respite and a new perspective that will help reduce stress and increase our happiness.

 

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Close Your Eyes: How Meditation Can Help Your Career - Forbes

Close Your Eyes: How Meditation Can Help Your Career - Forbes | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
An Eastern practice that once seemed like something more common among the hippy crowd, meditation is making its way into the mainstream workplace, and its results are doing everybody good.

 

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