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Mindfulness in policing: Hillsboro cops forge revolutionary path with meditation training

Mindfulness in policing: Hillsboro cops forge revolutionary path with meditation training | Mindful | Scoop.it
The idea behind the Hillsboro police program is simple: If cops were more mindful, then they would be more resilient, less stressed and better at their jobs.
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School uses mindfulness to beat stress and boost exams

School uses mindfulness to beat stress and boost exams | Mindful | Scoop.it
INNER peace has been celebrated as a way for pupils to beat stress, excel in exams and build better relationships. SARAH TROTTER learns about the benefits of mindfulness practice in schools.
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Can You Learn Mindfulness From A Dog or Cat?

Can You Learn Mindfulness From A Dog or Cat? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Personal HealthIs Mindfulness the Latest Fad? Are the Benefits Too Good to Be True? Would you be skeptical if I told you that without taking a pill or seeing a therapist, you could lower your bloo...


"Dogs are great practitioners of mindfulness, according to Jonathan Kaplan, PhD"


"Besides being nonjudgmental (dogs think their owners are great no matter what kind of bad hair day they are having), dogs live only in the present moment"



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There are teachers all around us that can help us get a handle on living a mindful life. In this post from AARP Carole Carson shares with us a number of ways to bring mindfulness into our life and reduce stress and tension in our lives.


Carson suggests we spend some time watching a dog go through its day and we'll see how they live in the moment. If you don't have a pet you can pick up a number of books like Full Catastrophe Living.


Learning mindfulness is probably much simpler than you think, in fact you already know how to be mindful you just need to be reminded.... Watch your neighbor's cat.

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The Many Benefits Of Mindfulness

The Many Benefits Of Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
If asked to explain the value of mindfulness, you may want to consider the following question: Can you sit for one minute and completely quiet your mind? Can you do this without feeling like you're coming out of your skin?
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The benefits of mindfulness seem to grow the more your practice it. It's kind of like a perpetual motion machine that just keeps going and going.

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The Mindful Way's comment, April 14, 2013 9:12 AM
Agreed! Becoming mindful and awakening in this way plants seeds for further mindfulness to grow. :)
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One-Moment Meditation: "How to Meditate in a Moment"

Learn to meditate in a moment with this hugely popular animated video, based on Martin Boroson's book, One-Moment Meditation. Reduce stress, improve focus an...
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What if someone gave you a gift that made you feel more relaxed, more alert and gave you more energy. Now suppose this gift also made your food taste better, helped you to sleep deeper and made your significant other want to kiss you more...:)


Meditation even just for a moment is such a gift and here's the really neat thing, it's a gift you can give yourself many times a day without having to give up anything... How does that sound? Don't you want it right now?


The above video shows us how in just a minute a path to relaxation and abundance. Now if you don't want to watch it right now, that's ok. The video by Martin Boroson will be here when the mood to watch it strikes you.


It only takes a moment to change the next moment...

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Let Your Employees Meditate At Work - Innovation Begins Individually

Let Your Employees Meditate At Work - Innovation Begins Individually | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Part of what we know about neuroscience explains why formal brainstorming fails. The brain can’t make the necessary connections needed for brilliant insight in a rigid environment. There’s too much pressure and too much influence. People instinctively mimic others’ opinions, leading to suggestions and thoughts that are often predictable and stale."


"Google allows employees to spend up to 20 percent of their time working on personal projects as part of its Innovation Time Off initiate. According to Marissa Mayer, former vice president of search products and user experience (now Yahoo CEO), half of all new product launches at the company—Gmail and Google News, for example—have come from the program."

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All of us are thinking up ideas 24/7 and many of the ideas that pass through our minds may be just what we are looking for but don' t know it. The key seems to be letting people have time to think while they are at work.


It may seem counter productive to give employees time during the work day to do their own thing but studies show it can improve productivity and help create new and exciting ways to solving problems. Ask yourself what does 3M and Google know about innovation that we don't?


I've run across a few small businesses that have mediation rooms for the employees. The rooms are available for use during the work day and you can practice mindfulness while getting paid. Everyone I've talked to about this tell me it pays off for both employer and employees.


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Meditation May Help Slow Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease - RedOrbit

Meditation May Help Slow Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease - RedOrbit | Mindful | Scoop.it
ANINEWS Meditation May Help Slow Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease RedOrbit The biological changes and stress-level reduction caused by meditation could help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease or other age-related neurodegenerative...
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Chronic Inflammation Relief With Mindfulness Meditation

Chronic Inflammation Relief With Mindfulness Meditation | Mindful | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is a type of meditation where a person focuses their mind only on the present. The goal is to be aware of one's thoughts and actions in the present, without judgment.
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So many of our aches and pains are related to inflamation that is related to how we handle stress...

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How Mindfulness Changed My Everyday Experiences

How Mindfulness Changed My Everyday Experiences | Mindful | Scoop.it
Sixteen years ago, I went on my first mindfulness retreat with Shinzen Young. My life was at a low point. I was in an unhappy relationship, struggling with chronic anxiety and depression and my
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The author shares with us that it was 16 years ago she was introduced to mindfulness, it was also 16 years ago I attended my first mindfulness class. For me it was 2 hours a week for 10 weeks. I had meditated for many years off and on prior to the class but it was the class that opened a window


For both of us Mindfulness changed out everyday experiences.

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Like Physical Exercise Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

Like Physical Exercise Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose | Mindful | Scoop.it
Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.
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Often missing in many discussions about mindfulness are the dreaded words "Practice and Purpose." Mindfulness just seems to flow off the page and tongue like a spring flower blooming outside your window but, while mindfulness is a natural part of who we are being good at it takes practice and purpose.


In the post above Alina Tugend helps us to view mindfulness in a less abstract way by introducing leaders in the field and shares with us what they are thinking and saying about mindfulness practice.


“People have the sense that mindfulness is something they can do by focusing on a raisin for five minutes,” said Michael Baime, director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “That is mindful practice, but it takes more than that.”


Writing clearly about what's entailed in the quest to learn mindfulness Tugend gives us a refreshing look into the world of mindfulness without the religious trappings or the much too common elitism that accompanies many of the discussions.

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Learning Mindfulness One Breath At A Time...

A short and very simple guided mindfulness meditation experience with Dr John Kabat-Zinn.
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Take 12:00 minutes to listen to this introduction to mindfulness practice from Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical Center.


Watch it once and then watch it again as if you were in the room, just follow his instructions and boom you'll have a deeper understanding and experience of mindfulness.


I took the 10 week mindfulness class taught by his team almost 20 years ago and found as I practiced more my mind quieted and the more my life came into balance.


You might also find a new blog about unplugging interesting when you have a moment.

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Eight weeks to a better brain

Eight weeks to a better brain | Mindful | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital find that participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.


"Previous studies from Lazar’s group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced meditation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration."

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I was glad to see some of there results of this study so that there are measurable results within the brain showing up in as little as 8 weeks. These  finding will not only spur on further study but will also and more importantly spur on more people practicing mindfulness and meditation.


I took the 8 week course at UMass Amherst about 15 years ago and I can say from my own experience there are huge benefits to the course and to continuing to practice mindfulness afterwards.


I'm looking forward to reading more about this study and to my own continued practice.


Also check out Zen Automat for more info about mindfulness.

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