Mindfulness and Meditation
For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door. — Rabi Thakur
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Sacred Moments: Influencing our Stress and Well-Being | Mindful

Sacred Moments: Influencing our Stress and Well-Being | Mindful | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

Sacred moments are defined as day-to-day personal moments that are imbued with sacred qualities, which seem like time-outs from daily busy-ness, where a sense of stillness arises or occurs and where concerns of the every day just seem to evaporate.

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The great lesson from the true mystics, from the Zen Monks, and now also from the Humanistic and Transpersonal psychologists—that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's back yard, and that travel may be a flight from confronting the sacred—this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.
—Abraham Maslow


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How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes

How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Are you a Dr. Watson or a Sherlock Holmes?If we could choose between a Watsonian and Holmesian mind, I’m sure most of us would prefer Holmes. He’s brilliant and perceptive: the consummate problem-solver.
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How to practice mindfulness, memory storage and person perception with Holmesian devotion ... or at the very least read the new book by Maria Konnikova that says you can train your brain to be a creative problem solver just like Sherlock!


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Les Howard's curator insight, September 4, 2013 7:21 AM

Really interesting article. I particularly liked the idea of a brain break.

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Can Awe Buy You More Time and Happiness?

Can Awe Buy You More Time and Happiness? | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
A study shows feeling awe can make people feel like they have more time, and might make them more likely to help others.
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Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
On love, liberty, and the pursuit of silence.

"Good music can act as a guide to good living," John Cage (1912-1992) once said.
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How to Train Your Brain to Alleviate Anxiety

How to Train Your Brain to Alleviate Anxiety | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

Our thoughts affect our brains. More specifically, “… what you pay attention to, what you think and feel and want, and how you work with your reactions to things sculpt your brain in multiple ways.” In other words, how you use your mind can change your brain. Here are three anxiety-alleviating practices to try.


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Mindful Photography: A Simple and Fun Exercise That Boosts Well-Being

Mindful Photography: A Simple and Fun Exercise That Boosts Well-Being | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
New positive psychology exercise helps remind you of meaning and value in your life.
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What a wonderful activity ... photographing a day in your life. What intrigues you, makes you happy, inspires you ...


"You don't take a photograph, you make it."
—Ansel Adams


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Sheila Shuster's curator insight, August 1, 2013 10:52 AM

Ordinary things, when caught on film, can make us stop and think.

Joanna Boj's comment, August 13, 2013 10:02 AM
It's an interesting approach. Personally I had times in my life when I had to quit photography, because I felt it made me detach from the moment - I was more concentrated on "taking a good photo" than on what I saw. Like in this joke: - Where did you go on holidays? - I don't know, haven't seen my photos yet.
God Is.'s comment, August 13, 2013 10:30 AM
I can see what you are saying @Joanna.. Makes a lot of sense...LOL
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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.

MEDITATION and mindfulness: the words conjure images of yoga retreats and Buddhist monks. But perhaps they should evoke a very different picture: a man in a deerstalker, puffing away at a curved pipe, Mr. Sherlock Holmes himself. The world’s greatest fictional detective is someone who knows the value of concentration, of “throwing his brain out of action,” as Dr. Watson puts it. He is the quintessential unitasker in a multitasking world.
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Columbia Program Merges Therapy and Spirituality

Columbia Program Merges Therapy and Spirituality | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
A concentration at the university brings concepts like love and connection to the healing process for therapy clients.
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Beyond spirituality: the role of meditation in mental health

Beyond spirituality: the role of meditation in mental health | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Science is beginning to show that meditation can have a major impact on the way our brain and bodies function, write Jonathan Krygier and Andrew Kemp.

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Tyler's curator insight, January 10, 2013 11:04 AM

Meditation has always been an intriguing form of stress relief to me. Of the many different techniques, this one seems to be the most difficult for people to do. To be able to seperate our mind from the world around us is a daunting task, which is why I am glad that I found this article. This helped tremendously with my education on the subject, and I walked away far more intrigued than I was beforehand. Although I will probably stick to easier ways of reducing stress, I am glad that I at least was able to learn a bit more about meditation and the benefits that it brings.

Brady Wyman's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:03 PM

Shows benefits of meditation on mental health.

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How Mindfulness Makes the Brain Immune to Temptation | Psychology Today

How Mindfulness Makes the Brain Immune to Temptation | Psychology Today | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

In my new book The Willpower Instinct, I describe one of my favorite studies of self-control. I call it the "torture experiment." It reveals how mindfulness can help us break free from even the most difficult habits


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