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Mindfulness & Self Compassion can help you to be more present, live more, love more, laugh more.
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Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness and Challenging the Negative Self-Image - YouTube

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness and Challenging the Negative Self-Image - YouTube | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Mindfulness expert Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn on the importance of challenging the negative self-image. To rent or stream the full interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn clic...
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Acknowledge and inquire, is my awareness in pain? #mindfulness #awareness
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Don't Get Addicted to Busyness | Mindful

Don't Get Addicted to Busyness | Mindful | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
In the first installment of Mindful's relationships Q&A series, Dr. Cheryl Fraser answers your questions about managing work and life.
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Take in the Good - Dr. Rick Hanson

Take in the Good - Dr. Rick Hanson | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Do Positive Experiences “Stick to Your Ribs?” The Practice Take in the good. Why? Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in “negativity bias.” In other words, as we evolved over millions of years, dodging sticks and chasing carrots, it was a lot more important to notice, react to, and remember sticks than it was
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Let *that* sink in! #mindfulness #takeingood 

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Mindfulness Beats Exercise, Healthy Diet in Resistant MDD

Mindfulness Beats Exercise, Healthy Diet in Resistant MDD | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is better than a healthy exercise and nutrition intervention in reducing treatment-resistant depression and has positive changes in areas of the brain linked to depression.
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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is more useful with treatment-resistant depression than focused treatments focused on exercise and healthy eating in patients new research shows.


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Mindfulness in the Middle of the Mall

Mindfulness in the Middle of the Mall | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Brenda teaches mindfulness to the public in the middle of Selfridge's Department Store in support of the Work It Hub campaign to promote self development
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#mindfulness #birmingham #selfridgesxworkit

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Let GPs offer mindfulness meditation to patients, say experts

Let GPs offer mindfulness meditation to patients, say experts | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
one in four (29 per cent) of Britons regularly suffers from stress.
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Mindfulness is cost-effective and the only side effect is health and wellbeing - let's make a shift to getting mindfulness available to everyone who needs it on the NHS. 

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Self Compassion: What It Really is and Why It's So Practical in Psychotherapy - NICABM - YouTube

In this clip, Dr. Ruth Buczynski interviews Dr. Christopher Germer about the relationship between mindfulness, self-compassion, suffering and healing
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Short video interview with Christopher Germer #mindfulness #mbct #selfcompassion

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Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression - study

Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression - study | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Medical best practice is for people with history of depression to take antidepressants for two years – but cognitive therapy may be equally effective
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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study. #mbct #depression

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In Pain? Try This One-Minute Mindfulness Practice | Mindful

In Pain? Try This One-Minute Mindfulness Practice | Mindful | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Unexamined pain often feels like it’s unchanging or always present. Prove that wrong by paying attention.
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Jon Kabat-Zinn Video Series on Mindful.org | Mindful

Jon Kabat-Zinn Video Series on Mindful.org | Mindful | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
When he started MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn didn't have a detailed plan—just a passion and an inkling that lots of good would come of it. Now, 35 years later, he talks with us about the present and future of mindfulness.
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Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it

Patricia A. Jennings explains why teachers should cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

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You Need More Than a Book to Learn Loving-Kindness

You Need More Than a Book to Learn Loving-Kindness | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that experience trumps intellectual knowledge when it comes to fostering compassion.
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I always say "the practice is the teacher" now science is too.

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5 Steps to a Better Relationship With Yourself | Mindful #selfcompassion

5 Steps to a Better Relationship With Yourself | Mindful #selfcompassion | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Want to be more mindfully compassionate of others? Direct some of those feelings towards yourself first.
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interesting strategy #selfcompassion
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How Meditation Helps Me Deal With Anxiety | Mindful

How Meditation Helps Me Deal With Anxiety | Mindful | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
After 15 years of meditation, Ed Halliwell says he regularly draws on the practice to help maintain a healthy balance between work and life.
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What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain? | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
No fear

MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.

As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker.

The “functional connectivity” between these regions – i.e. how often they are activated together – also changes. The connection between the amygdala and the rest of the brain gets weaker, while the connections between areas associated with attention and concentration get stronger.
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Mindfulness changes brain functionality. 

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Hooked on Anti-Depressants - Mindfulness Meditation Centre | Birmingham | Solihull | Leamington | Stratford

Hooked on Anti-Depressants - Mindfulness Meditation Centre | Birmingham | Solihull | Leamington | Stratford | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
antidepressant prescriptions soar to 50m a year
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I discussed this with participants last evening during Week 3 MBCT course - I couldn't remember the name 'hedonic treadmill' - so here it is for those who follow.

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Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling

Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
It's no wonder the bicycle is often called the best invention in history, writes Ben Irvine, author of Einstein & The Art of Mindful Cycling.
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"On a bicycle, you can achieve in a few weeks an art that Buddhist monks spend decades learning, and which the great Einstein encapsulated effortlessly: mindful living. No wonder the bicycle is often called the best invention in history – it’s a simple, easy-to-use device that can inspire us to wonderful psychological heights. Now that’s what I call a miracle."

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Mindfulness 'as good as drugs for preventing depression relapse' - Health News - NHS Choices

Mindfulness 'as good as drugs for preventing depression relapse' - Health News - NHS Choices | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is BETTER than drugs as it's all natural, non-addictive and the side effects are health & wellbeing.

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Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise'

Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise' | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.
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 #mbct #depression

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What Does Mindfulness Really Mean Anyway?

What Does Mindfulness Really Mean Anyway? | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Mindfulness and meditation are becoming pop culture buzzwords. But it isn’t just about hearing, seeing, or observing a particular feeling; it’s about doing so in a certain way — with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Our columnist Sharon Salzberg walks us through the deeper case for mindful attention.
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A great article on mindfulness in action.

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5 Strategies for Self-CompassionWorld of Psychology including guided meditations

5 Strategies for Self-CompassionWorld of Psychology including guided meditations | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Many of us are all too used to bashing ourselves. And it’s not surprising. In our society, we’re taught that being hard on ourselves and ashamed of everything from our actions to our looks gets results.
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This is a moment of suffering.Suffering is part of life.May I be kind to myself in this moment?May I give myself the compassion I need?
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Mindfulness: Old Wisdom for Modern Times, Heart and Soul - BBC World Service

Mindfulness: Old Wisdom for Modern Times, Heart and Soul - BBC World Service | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Can therapies based on these ancient techniques help modern afflictions?
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"Mindfulness has been perhaps the most helpful approach in terms of dealing with what life throws at you."

Sunday's BBC World Service includes interviews with Professor Willem Kuyken and Mark Williams, and explores the effects of mindfulness practice on body and mind, as well as the science behind its various benefits.

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Think You're Thinking? 6 Reasons to Think Again

Think You're Thinking? 6 Reasons to Think Again | Living Mindfulness & Compassion | Scoop.it
Why your mind isn't the steel trap you think it is. #MBCT
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Learning about brains is cool. #MBCT
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