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The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself

The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

The adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience. These aren't minor tweaks either. Something as basic as the function of the visual or auditory cortex can change as a result of a person's experience of becoming deaf or blind at a young age. Even when the brain suffers a trauma late in life, it can rezone itself like a city in a frenzy of urban renewal. If a stroke knocks out, say, the neighborhood of motor cortex that moves the right arm, a new technique called constraint-induced movement therapy can coax next-door regions to take over the function of the damaged area. The brain can be rewired.

The first discoveries of neuroplasticity came from studies of how changes in the messages the brain receives through the senses can alter its structure and function. When no transmissions arrive from the eyes in someone who has been blind from a young age, for instance, the visual cortex can learn to hear or feel or even support verbal memory. When signals from the skin or muscles bombard the motor cortex or the somatosensory cortex (which processes touch), the brain expands the area that is wired to move, say, the fingers. In this sense, the very structure of our brain--the relative size of different regions, the strength of connections between them, even their functions--reflects the lives we have led. Like sand on a beach, the brain bears the footprints of the decisions we have made, the skills we have learned, the actions we have taken.

 

As scientists probe the limits of neuroplasticity, they are finding that mind sculpting can occur even without input from the outside world. The brain can change as a result of the thoughts we think. This has important implications for health: something as seemingly insubstantial as a thought can affect the very stuff of the brain, altering neuronal connections in a way that can treat mental illness or, perhaps, lead to a greater capacity for empathy and compassion. It may even dial up the supposedly immovable happiness set point.

 

 

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Pamir Kiciman's comment, June 14, 2013 7:02 AM
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Jolanda Gerbecks's curator insight, December 19, 2013 4:44 PM

Hellup, altijd gelukkig, is dat nu zo fijn?

Is het niet juist die enkele down periode, waarna het licht des te sterker gaat schijnen en dat alles weer mogelijk maakt?

 

Rond deze tijd van het jaar, als de dagen weer langer worden doet de natuur het ook.

 

Dus laat jezelf ook eens depri zijn, dan is het geluk daarna weer extra fijn.

 

Dat we onze hersenen vormen met onze gedachten lijkt me nogal wiedes, dat doen de woorden hier en al onze daden in 3d immers ook. Zo boven zo beneden, zo binnen zo buiten ;-)

 

Feit is, onze hersenen dragen werkelijk de voetstappen van onze beslissingen in ons brein.

Je verleden ligt immers in al je lichaamscellen op verschillende wijze opgeborgen.

 

Geluk hierbij is dat je altijd vrij bent om opnieuw te kiezen en je eerdere mentale voetstappen uit te wissen, enkel en alleen door een ander gedachtenpad af te wandelen.

 

Dat is "The road less travelled".

Jolanda Gerbecks's curator insight, August 17, 2014 6:12 AM

The adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience. These aren't minor tweaks either. Something as basic as the function of the visual or auditory cortex can change as a result of a person's experience of becoming deaf or blind at a young age. Even when the brain suffers a trauma late in life, it can rezone itself like a city in a frenzy of urban renewal. If a stroke knocks out, say, the neighborhood of motor cortex that moves the right arm, a new technique called constraint-induced movement therapy can coax next-door regions to take over the function of the damaged area. The brain can be rewired.

The first discoveries of neuroplasticity came from studies of how changes in the messages the brain receives through the senses can alter its structure and function. When no transmissions arrive from the eyes in someone who has been blind from a young age, for instance, the visual cortex can learn to hear or feel or even support verbal memory. When signals from the skin or muscles bombard the motor cortex or the somatosensory cortex (which processes touch), the brain expands the area that is wired to move, say, the fingers. In this sense, the very structure of our brain--the relative size of different regions, the strength of connections between them, even their functions--reflects the lives we have led. Like sand on a beach, the brain bears the footprints of the decisions we have made, the skills we have learned, the actions we have taken.

 

As scientists probe the limits of neuroplasticity, they are finding that mind sculpting can occur even without input from the outside world. The brain can change as a result of the thoughts we think. This has important implications for health: something as seemingly insubstantial as a thought can affect the very stuff of the brain, altering neuronal connections in a way that can treat mental illness or, perhaps, lead to a greater capacity for empathy and compassion. It may even dial up the supposedly immovable happiness set point.

 

 

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Companies are embracing meditation to train better leaders, one breath at a time

Companies are embracing meditation to train better leaders, one breath at a time | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

The goal of the Executive Mind class is to teach students to pay attention — to what's happening around them as well as to emotions arising within them — so that they can react more skillfully in any situation. That awareness can help budding managers motivate difficult employees and tackle work challenges without becoming scattered, frustrated or worn down.

 

Although meditation has ancient roots, modern scientific research on its effects has mushroomed over the last decade. There are now hundreds of published studies showing that the adult brain is actually quite malleable and can be rewired for more happiness and calm.

 

Research on the brains of meditators has documented neuron growth in the hippocampus — which is involved in learning, memory and emotional control — and the right anterior insula, believed to be involved in awareness. Studies using functional MRIs have recorded change in other parts of the brain as well after just eight weekly mindfulness classes and daily practice averaging just 27 minutes.

 

That's important, because many scientists have concluded that our brains are largely wired to avoid danger. So a scolding by the boss or getting passed over for a promotion triggers parts of the brain that give rise to fear and anger. Getting to the good stuff like creativity, empathy and teamwork requires engaging other parts of the brain, but that can happen only if employees feel secure.

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The Mindful Way's comment, April 13, 2013 3:57 PM
This is such important work to be bringing to the business world!
Pamir Kiciman's comment, April 13, 2013 3:59 PM
I agree. Business seems to endure as a powerful model in society. Since that is so and 'business' is in a leadership position, the more awake it is the better!
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'Resistant' starches heal the colon, prevent cancer

'Resistant' starches heal the colon, prevent cancer | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Resistant starches thicken the linings of the bowels, allowing for more good bacteria to grow and help with digestion. Resistant are certain kinds of carbohydrates that resist digestion in the small intestine and enter into the large intestine, or colon, mostly in the same form they entered your mouth. These starches — found in seed hulls, parts of corn and beans, and in room-temperature rice and pasta — can ferment in the colon to promote the growth of "good" bacteria and have many other beneficial effects.

 

Resistant starch might sound like some kind of miracle cure-all, but independent studies have found this substance, more so than ordinary dietary fiber, can help: kill precancerous polyps in the colon; prevent diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and regulating blood sugar; maintain healthy body weight; reduce inflammation; prevent or treat inflammatory bowel disease; and help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.

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3 Paths Toward A More Creative Life

3 Paths Toward A More Creative Life | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Creativity is in such demand today that when we apply for jobs, when we join organizations, or when we just meet other people, we are asked to present our creative selves. But we can’t do that unless we understand the nature of our own creativity, locate the sources of our originality, and have a language that explains our work. If you are one of the growing number of “creatives,” or want to become one, you need to lead a creative life.

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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

 

The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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7 Nutrient Deficiencies That Can Make You Sick

7 Nutrient Deficiencies That Can Make You Sick | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Tired? Depressed? Always under the weather? You might not be getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals.

 

Today’s average restaurant meal is more than four times larger than in the 1950s, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults are, on average, 26 pounds heavier. Despite the embarrassing abundance of food, many Americans still unknowingly suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Whether from vapid calories (hello, junk food), chemical-induced deficiencies, a lack of a variety, or any number of other factors, some of us just aren’t getting what we need. 

 

The CDC’s Second Nutrition Report, an assessment of diet and nutrition in the U.S. population, concludes that there are a number of specific nutrients lacking in the American diet. Not only can nutrient deficiencies have long-lasting health effects, they can make you feel rotten. Here are some of the more common vitamins and minerals lacking in our diets, deficiencies that can cause an array of symptoms, from poor memory and bleeding gums to impaired work productivity and depression.

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Emotional Smarts Tied to General IQ

Emotional Smarts Tied to General IQ | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Emotional smarts and general intelligence may be more closely linked than previously thought, new research suggests. The same brain regions that perform cognitive tasks may also provide social intelligence.

 

In a group of Vietnam veterans, IQ test results and emotional intelligence, or the ability to perceive, understand and deal with emotion in oneself or in others, were linked. And in brain scans, the same regions of the brain seemed to perform both emotional and cognitive tasks, the study found.

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Strongest Study Yet Shows Meditation Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Strongest Study Yet Shows Meditation Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Previous studies have linked better health outcomes among heart patients who practiced meditation compared to those who did not, but none of those trials could definitively credit the brain-focusing program with the better health results. In the latest trial to address those limitations, however, meditation does appear to have an effect on reducing heart attack, stroke and even early death from heart disease, at least among African-Americans.

 
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Brain cells that feed on altruism discovered

Brain cells that feed on altruism discovered | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

People feel a difference between doing good for themselves and then for others, raising the question of how the brain encodes the behaviors.

 

Brain cells that fire only when monkeys act unselfishly may provide clues to the neural basis of altruism, according to a new study.
 
In the study, the cells fire in rhesus monkeys when they gave juice away, but not when they received it. The findings, published Dec. 23 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, may shed light on why many animals (including humans) exhibit kind, unselfish behavior that doesn't directly benefit them.
 
The new findings provide a "complete picture of the neuronal activity underlying a key aspect of social cognition," Matthew Rushworth, a neuroscientist at Oxford who was not involved in the study, wrote in an email."It is definitely a major achievement."

 

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This Year, Resolve to Love Your Body

This Year, Resolve to Love Your Body | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

What if we took all of that self-loathing, that shame, that judgment we derive from the size and shape of our bodies and we left it behind in 2012? In 2013 and beyond, we should resolve that self worth is no longer connected to one’s waistline. No more fad diets. No more holiday binges. In their place: love and appreciation for our bodies’ beauty and capabilities.

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How Spirituality and Health are Linked

How Spirituality and Health are Linked | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it
There are four important areas to discuss in understanding the link between spirituality and better health or wellness:

1. Medicine’s interest in spirituality
2. What is spirituality and spiritual health
3. Spiritual dimension of health
4. Health benefits of spirituality
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Silent retreats’ rising popularity poses a challenge: How to handle the quiet

Silent retreats’ rising popularity poses a challenge: How to handle the quiet | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it
People visiting silent retreats in a noisy, plugged-in world can stress about how to handle the quiet. Although participation in silent retreats is on the rise, many of those preparing to spend time at the hermitage said they were so unaccustomed to unstructured time alone that they made to-do lists — then feared they were doing “solitude” wrong and scrapped them. They agonized over what to bring and wear and eat, as if they were traveling to an exotic land.
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Silence is a practice. You want to begin with cultivating quiet at home in small increments. Even on a daily basis, taking 5 minutes here and there can build up your silence "muscle." I've written about silence a lot. See these links:

 

http://reikihelp.com/blog/2010/09/silence AND

 

http://reikihelp.com/blog/2010/09/silence-again

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Brooke Levis, MA CPC's curator insight, January 24, 2013 10:38 AM

Having ventured into "silent retreat" zone, I can understand the anxiety in preparation.  I initiate a 24 hour loving kindness contract with myself after I check-in at Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas, CA.  I fully acknowledge that my nerves, muscle tension and attention focus may be on hyper alert and I may feel significant discomfort the first 24 hours.

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapuetic tools are my lifeline enablingt transition into mindfulness and sink into the peace of being in the moment.

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Does Mindfulness Stress You Out?

Does Mindfulness Stress You Out? | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Sounds like a paradox, right? By all common logic, we shouldn't be stressed out if we're practicing mindfulness or meditation. We hear over and over in the news how those practices are supposed to help us relax. Yet I hear over and over from clients that the whole concept of mindfulness provokes anxiety. It's time to strip down the concept of mindfulness and make it accessible to everyone.

 

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The Trouble with Men and Counseling: Men who go it alone when confronted by emotional challenges

The Trouble with Men and Counseling: Men who go it alone when confronted by emotional challenges | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

The price men pay for acting tough and avoiding counseling and health care could be life.

 

Increasingly, studies show that men like him who equate seeking assistance with weakness, or the appearance of not being able to handle their own problems, experience more soured relationships with their significant others, higher rates of debilitating illnesses, and earlier death.

 

The cathartic benefits of reaching out for help are hardly a secret. As scientists have come to better understand the inner workings of the brain, they have documented the potentially catastrophic consequences for individuals, particularly men, who go it alone when confronted by profound emotional challenges. Some men have started to take heed. Yet they remain a small minority.

 

While clinicians and academics may haggle over the pros and cons of treatment approaches—many advocate a combination of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals—there is no denying the toxic consequences of untreated depression at its most feared extreme. Distraught men are dying by their own hand in ever-greater numbers.

 

Many psychologists worry particularly about the recession’s ultimate toll on men who once may have defined their self-worth through their roles as breadwinners, only to lose those roles amid corporate downsizing and layoffs. How have men coped? Some, evidently, by drowning their sorrows. Alcohol sales rose every year during the recession, including a nine percent rise in 2010.

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The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

A positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience. It's not just Hollywood magic. Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi and some real research:

 

James Pennebaker, a psychological researcher at the University of Texas in Austin, has found that people who find meaning in adversity are ultimately healthier in the long run than those who do not. In a study, he asked people to write about the darkest, most traumatic experience of their lives for four days in a row for a period of 15 minutes each day.

Analyzing their writing, Pennebaker noticed that the people who benefited most from the exercise were trying to derive meaning from the trauma. They were probing into the causes and consequences of the adversity and, as a result, eventually grew wiser about it. A year later, their medical records showed that the meaning-makers went to the doctor and hospital fewer times than people in the control condition, who wrote about a non-traumatic event.

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Walking the Land As a Spiritual Quest

Walking the Land As a Spiritual Quest | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

A growing number of pilgrims are lacing up boots and sneakers to walk across America. While their treks may not have the religious underpinnings of pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, Mecca, Jerusalem or the current Kumbh Mela gathering in India, which ends on March 10, they are nevertheless acts of faith and quests for existential meaning.

 

Rather than walking to demonstrate religious commitment, many dedicate their cross-country walks to a cause recalling Peace Pilgrim (a k a Mildred Norman Ryder), who walked more than 25,000 miles across America from 1953 to 1981 for world peace. Mr. Stalls, for example, walked to benefit the microlending organization Kiva, while Mr. Ilgunas walked the length of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to draw attention to its impact on the environment.

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The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Inside the hyperengineered, savagely marketed, addiction-creating battle for American "stomach share."

 

[Adapted from “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” by Michael Moss, an investigative reporter for The Times.]

 

The public and the food companies have known for decades now that sugary, salty, fatty foods are not good for us in the quantities that we consume them. So why are the diabetes and obesity and hypertension numbers still spiraling out of control? It’s not just a matter of poor willpower on the part of the consumer and a give-the-people-what-they-want attitude on the part of the food manufacturers. What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.

 

I talked to more than 300 people in or formerly employed by the processed-food industry, from scientists to marketers to C.E.O.’s. Some were willing whistle-blowers, while others spoke reluctantly when presented with some of the thousands of pages of secret memos that I obtained from inside the food industry’s operations.

 

What follows is a series of small case studies of a handful of characters whose work then, and perspective now, sheds light on how the foods are created and sold to people who, while not powerless, are extremely vulnerable to the intensity of these companies’ industrial formulations and selling campaigns.

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This is a long and thorough excerpt from the book on newyorktimes.com and is a MUST-READ.

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11 common-sense tips to eat, live healthier

11 common-sense tips to eat, live healthier | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

There are more than 40 synonyms for processed sugar on food labels.

 

You don’t have to be a slave to potentially toxic sugar. Here are ideas from an expert, Dr. Robert H. Lustig and his just-published "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease."

 

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Health Nested Within Larger Systems

Health Nested Within Larger Systems | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Health can’t be found only through the health of the physical body. As Elliot Dacher, MD puts it, “We grow up learning that we aren’t healthy unless our body is sound, our physiological markers are normal, and we aren’t at risk for disease…”

 

Health is dependent on a network of factors and influences. Family, community, culture, and environment are examples. Within these there are other important determinants.

 

In other words, health is not a single ‘container.’ It’s supported by containers within containers.

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There's More to Life Than Being Happy

There's More to Life Than Being Happy | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

"A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how.""

 

— Viktor Frankl

 

In a new study, which will be published this year in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Positive Psychology, psychological scientists asked nearly 400 Americans aged 18 to 78 whether they thought their lives were meaningful and/or happy. Examining their self-reported attitudes toward meaning, happiness, and many other variables -- like stress levels, spending patterns, and having children -- over a month-long period, the researchers found that a meaningful life and happy life overlap in certain ways, but are ultimately very different. Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a "taker" while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a "giver."

 

"Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," the authors write.

 

How do the happy life and the meaningful life differ? Happiness, they found, is about feeling good. Specifically, the researchers found that people who are happy tend to think that life is easy, they are in good physical health, and they are able to buy the things that they need and want. While not having enough money decreases how happy and meaningful you consider your life to be, it has a much greater impact on happiness. The happy life is also defined by a lack of stress or worry.

 

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Healing, Meditation and Spirituality are Linked and Work Together

Healing, Meditation and Spirituality are Linked and Work Together | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Healing, meditation and spirituality are linked and work together.  Meditation heals, and healing improves meditation. Spirituality is what bonds healing and meditation together.

 

If you’re having trouble in meditation you may need to receive healing to clear the way. Similarly, meditation will improve your healing ability by raising your consciousness.

 

The convergence of healing, meditation and spirituality is easily missed. Healing and meditation are foundational  practices of spirituality. The end state of these practices is spirituality itself, with a caveat: Spirituality is an inborn, natural state, and practices aren’t there to get to any state. Although spirituality is already  a part of human makeup, it tends to be left uncovered, unclaimed and unacknowledged. 

 

Often life circumstances are sequenced in a specific pattern that leads to a spiritual ‘awakening,’ or sometimes there’s an affinity to spirituality from early on.

 

Spirituality is the embodiment of the truth that the way we know ourselves as bodies and individual egos is a very limited self-identity, one that traps us in many other erroneous identities and mistaken notions about life.

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9 Eco-Friendly Diets

9 Eco-Friendly Diets | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Is it time to lose those extra holiday pounds? This new year, don’t just resolve to cut calories, resolve to eat a diet that’s healthier for you and the planet.

 

Here are nine diets to help you lower your weight and your carbon footprint at the same time.

 

 

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Mladen Svetozarevic's curator insight, February 23, 2013 7:52 AM

Pravilna ishrana je kljuc zdravog zivota :) 

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It's Not You, It's Me: Breaking Up With Technology

It's Not You, It's Me: Breaking Up With Technology | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

E-fatigue: It's that mild, gnawing nausea that sets in once the marvels of a technology wear off. To understand e-fatigue, perhaps it helps to think about hype cycles. Popularized by Gartner — a Connecticut-based information technology consulting firm — a hype cycle is a way of describing the various stages of public response to certain digital technologies. There are five phases in a hype cycle:

1) Technology Trigger

2) Peak of Inflated Expectations

3) Trough of Disillusionment

4) Slope of Enlightenment

5) Plateau of Productivity

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The Connecticut School Shooting: How to Help Children Cope With Frightening News | Child Mind Institute

The Connecticut School Shooting: How to Help Children Cope With Frightening News | Child Mind Institute | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz on what parents can do to help their children cope with tragedy in a healthy way.

"When tragedy strikes, as parents you find yourself doubly challenged: to process your own feelings of grief and distress, and to help your children do the same.

I wish I could tell you how to spare your children pain, when they've lost friends or family members, and fear, when disturbing events occur, especially when they're close to home. I can't do that, but what I can do is share what I've learned about how to help children process disturbing events in the healthiest way.

As a parent, you can't protect you children from grief, but you can help them express their feelings, comfort them, and help them feel safer. By allowing and encouraging them to express their feelings, you can help them build healthy coping skills that will serve them well in the future, and confidence that they can overcome adversity."
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Mindfulness: Awaken from the movies of the mind

Mindfulness: Awaken from the movies of the mind | Meditation Compassion Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Mindfulness — The Chinese character 念 is composed of two parts, the top 今 meaning "now; this" and bottom 心 signifying "heart; mind." 

 

Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is aware of what's happening—without judgment and without interference. It is like a mirror that simply reflects whatever comes before it. It serves us in the humblest ways, keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea. It keeps us connected to the people around us, so that we're not simply rushing by them in the busyness of our lives.

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