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Love & Awareness As the Heart of Mindfulness

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I recently attended Omega NYC’s “The Neuroscience of Well-Being, Mindfulness & Love” workshop at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

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Loving-Kindness: Not Just for Some, but for Everyone - Ahh The Simple Life

Loving-Kindness: Not Just for Some, but for Everyone - Ahh The Simple Life | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
It's one of the most beautiful words in the English language. Loving-kindness can eventually spread from your heart to everyone, to all beings everywhere.
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Love & Awareness As the Heart of Mindfulness

Love & Awareness As the Heart of Mindfulness | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
I recently attended Omega NYC’s “The Neuroscience of Well-Being, Mindfulness & Love” workshop at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

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Being Thankful for Mindfulness | Sandra Fecht - Huffington Post

Being Thankful for Mindfulness | Sandra Fecht - Huffington Post | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
In that moment, I was aware of a wealth of experience for which I could be totally grateful. I could feel the wind on my face, listen to the sounds surrounding me, see and enjoy the changing colors and clouds in the sky, and ...
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Mindfulness for The Never-Ending Winter

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The Never-Ending Winter – a Mindfulness Practice: Winter provides us with so many ways to focus our mindfulnes... http://t.co/xJ49Ba037O

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craig daniels's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:44 AM

From sun and warmth to clouds and cold, many of us dread the winter season. This blogger suggests that wintertime provides us with some great opportunities in which to practice mindfulness

 

Don't like the cold, the darkness, or the snow?  Use your mindfulness practice as a way to closely examine why.

 

Truly experience what winter feels like.  Experience the freezing air -- how it feels in your nostrils or against your skin.  Fully see your breath on a cold day.  Take in the smell of fresh fallen snow.  Observe how your body protects you against frigid temperatures.  From a place of curiousity, notice how the light reflects on the icecicles hanging from the roof tops. 

 

Fully engage with your wintery surroundings, noting your thoughts and feelings.  Who knows?  You might even begin to cultivate gratitude about things that previously felt unpleasant.

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Can Mindfulness Meditation Really Reduce Pain and Suffering by 90 percent? This Three Week Course Shows You How To Begin.

Can Mindfulness Meditation Really Reduce Pain and Suffering by 90 percent? This Three Week Course Shows You How To Begin. | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Imaging studies show that mindfulness soothes the brain patterns underlying pain and, over time, these changes take root and alter the structure of the brain itself, so that patients no longer feel pain with the same intensity.
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Buddhist describe five hindrances as... - Spiritual Initiative | Facebook

Buddhist describe five hindrances as obstacles to mindfulness meditation.

The five hindrances are:
1. Sensory desire (kāmacchanda): the particular type...
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Yoga for the Mind: How to Practice the 5 Ancient Principles of Yoga

Yoga for the Mind: How to Practice the 5 Ancient Principles of Yoga | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Many believe that yoga is a set of postures and exercises that promote physical health, however, it’s actually much more than that. It is an intricate philosophical system that will take you all the way to complete enlightenment.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 23, 2013 7:30 AM


Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded Consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind.
—Patanjali


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Priyanka P. Kamra's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:25 AM

Yoga means to unify or to be one with your mind, body and intellect. You strenghthen yourself from inside out. Once the core is stable, the external environment lossens its grip on our mind and thus our lives.

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Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning by Tina Barseghian

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning by Tina Barseghian | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to motivated learning.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:06 PM

And I quote: (report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child)

 "In terms of basic brain functioning, emotions support executive functions when they are well regulated, but interfere with attention and decision making when they are poorly controlled."  

Moral? Lead with the heart. Get  your head due north –then and only then, Teach! --Lou

 

Excerpt: "...Neuroscience, too, has offered evidence to support a holistic message about cognitive, social, and emotional development. Recent scientific advances have led to rejection of a cognitive versus affective framework to describe human cognition. Evidence shows that the prefrontal cortex, considered the center of higher-level cognition in the brain, also plays a dramatically important role in emotion processing and regulation. Thus, the operation of the brain is more like an orchestra than a number of soloists. This paradigm-shifting evidence has forced us to rethink the relationship between reason and emotion. Not only does academic learning depend on social and emotional skills, but also it is virtually impossible to disentangle the two. A report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child put it this way:

When feelings are not well managed, thinking can be impaired. Recent scientific advances have shown how the interrelated development of emotion and cognition relies on the emergence, maturation, and interconnection of complex neural circuits in multiple areas of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, limbic cortex, basal forebrain, amygdala, hypothalamus, and brain stem. The circuits that are involved in the regulation of emotion are highly interactive with those that are associated with “executive functions” (such as planning, judgment, and decision making), which are intimately involved in the development of problem-solving skills during the preschool years. In terms of basic brain functioning, emotions support executive functions when they are well regulated, but interfere with attention and decision making when they are poorly controlled...."


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Mindfulness Is A Useful Business Skill, New Research Suggests - Forbes

Mindfulness Is A Useful Business Skill, New Research Suggests - Forbes | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness Is A Useful Business Skill, New Research Suggests Forbes The new research out of the University of Toronto suggests that higher levels of trait mindfulness provides some protection against potentially dangerous emotional highs by...
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Mindfulness is Not Hitting Someone in the Mouth

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This is the final post of Stress-Less Parenting Club's workshop on mindful parenting. This week, our leader Carla Naumburg explains how we can teach our kids mindfulness.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 11, 2013 1:41 PM

The title of this Scoop are the words of an 11-year old boy who had just completed a mindfulness training program offered by his school. 

 

I think it's fair to say that most teachers and parents would prefer a child learn early on how to keep calm during intense situations.  But how can we teach our children mindfulness?

 

(1) Practice mindfulness yourself.  You cannot teach what you do not know.

(2) Your children will benefit from your mindfulness practice, whether you teach it to them or not.

(3) Teach your child in a way that resonates with them personally.

(4) Unlike older children, younger children need a "prop" to help them focus on their breath.

(5) Don't force it; mindfulness should never be a punishment.

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Happiness Tool: Mindfulness

Happiness Tool: Mindfulness | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
My 3 year old son (Ari) and I were heading to daycare the other day – the same exact route we always go.
Yep. Every day, we walk down the same street to get there.
I like to talk with him, as we walk – always pointing out things to notice.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:20 AM

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
—Paulo Cuelho


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Shalini VadheraPotts's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:40 PM

I love this as a reminder to staying mindful and living in the now.  It always amazes me how much time we spend (and waste) during our day thinking of the past or living in the future.  

 

What can you do for 10 minutes each day to acknowledge the NOW?

 

Here are a few of my favorite daily rituals to living in the NOW...

 

1. Breathe

 

Taking a few minutes a day to stop and do some breathing techniques is a great way to shift your focus on the moment.  Counting to four on your inhale and extnding your exhale to the count of 5 keeps you in a place of NOW.

 

2. Tapping

 

One of my favorite yoga practices, Dahn Yoga, teaches the art of tapping.  I love to spend a few minutes everyday tapping pressure points on my chest, legs and abdomen.  Not only does it release a lot of stress and tension, it allows me to get in touch with my body.

 

3. Getting In Touch With Nature

 

Taking a walk beachside, sitting under an old tree and smelling the roses are all ways I've learned to appreciate spending time in the now. As I've gotten older, I've come to cherish my time with nature as "my time".  Its not time to lament the past or worry about the future.  It's just time to stop... and smell the roses.

 

4. Gratitude

 

Taking a few minutes out of your day to acknowledge the things in your life that you are grateful for not only helps you stay in the now but fills your mind in body with such positivity. Spend a few minutes a day creating a gratitude list.  I like to do mine before bed.

 

xo

Shalini

 

 

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How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge 2011

Neuroscientist Sara Lazar's amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us ...

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Loving-Kindness: Not Just for Some, but for Everyone - Ahh The Simple Life

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Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppala Ph.D.

Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppala Ph.D. | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. This infographic summarized some of the key findings about the benefits of meditation.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 26, 2013 8:14 AM

What's not to LOVE ... Meditation gives you a BADASS BRAIN with increased WISDOM and PERSPECTIVE!


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Claudia Morcueto's curator insight, October 27, 2013 3:39 PM

Diez razones científicamente probadas para comenzar a meditar hoy mismo.

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:13 PM

I started meditating a few months ago. It's the best thing I have done for myself in years. It's incredibly calming and helps me focus on what's important.

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Letting Go of Expectation During Meditation - Yoga for Men

Letting Go of Expectation During Meditation - Yoga for Men | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
A close friend of mine was asking me about meditation. He knows I practice yoga and meditation and he was picking my brain to find out a little bit more.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 9, 2013 8:20 AM


It takes a lot of practice but eventually it becomes close to automatic. It’s almost like computer coding, which quite honestly is essentially what you’re doing to yourself: you’re reprogramming your mind to go against the grain of years of conditioning and become still.

—Jonathan Creamer


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Can Meditation Increase Synchronicity? | Deus Nexus

Can Meditation Increase Synchronicity? | Deus Nexus | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Because synchronous events usually take place between two people, and they are rare and unplanned, scientific study of them is few and far between. But that doesn't mean that they are outside our experiences.
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Mindfulness Meditation-Creating Awareness of Habit - NewsReleaseWire.com (press release)

Mindfulness Meditation-Creating Awareness of Habit - NewsReleaseWire.com (press release) | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
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Why Do Humans Meditate?

Why Do Humans Meditate? | Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Meditation is essentially the quest for understanding and meaning. It’s a way for humans to find their place both in a cultural and cosmical context.


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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 23, 2013 7:40 AM


When we look backward at the patterns of our thoughts, we can sometimes observe and identify the deceptions created by our self-images. We can learn to see through the mind’s posturings and pretenses and through all our explanations and excuses. We can realize we are still just playing games and are far from genuine self-knowledge.

— Tarthang Tulku


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:29 AM

I meditate because it creates a space where things are welcome to enter that in the busyness of my life I don't provide that opportunity.

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7 Myths of Meditation Dispelled For Beginners

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If you ask why we meditate, I would say it’s so we can become more flexible and tolerant to the present moment. ~ Pema Chodron

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Sacred Moments: Influencing our Stress and Well-Being | Mindful

Sacred Moments: Influencing our Stress and Well-Being | Mindful | Mindfulness | 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 BioSync Team's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:06 PM

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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Neurons that Fire Together Wire Together: The Benefits of Meditation

Neurons that Fire Together Wire Together: The Benefits of Meditation | Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Science underpins what has been common sense all along: Commitment to a regular practice is the single most important key to recognisable progress in almost everything we do.


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Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 24, 2013 1:09 PM

We've known it for thousands of years.  Meditation is serious business for your brain.  And now science has proven that repeated practice allows for "neurons that fire together wire together."

 

Commitment to a regular mindfulness practice is the single most important thing you can do for almost everything you do.  Daily meditation offers tremendous benefits such as the ability to better focus your mind; the capacity to center yourself; find more clarity; and become more fluid in adapting to "life's ever changing nature."  Yet one of the most challenging aspects of meditation is to make the commitment to establish it as a regular practice in your life. 

 

This article shares 5 inspirational tips to help you get started in a regular practice or to re-establish a routine that you can stick to.

Terry Elliott's curator insight, September 2, 5:31 PM

Famous expression firing and wiring is the key to good habits.

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Business Executives Embrace Mindfulness

Business Executives Embrace Mindfulness | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
A recent Financial Times article outlines how executives are starting to practice mindfulness, some even bringing meditation into their companies. (The corporate world now seeing the benefits of meditation.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:44 AM

A recent Financial Times article shares that some executives are bringing meditation and mindfulness into their companies.

 

For the past ten years, mindfulness in business has become more mainstream.  First within Google and General Mills -- and now within the finance world.

 

As stated by  vice-chairman of BlackRock and a former head of Swiss National Bank, “In a world of screens, texts, cell phones, and information all over you, spending 20 minutes purposefully not thinking of anything is a wonderful thing.  It's a pause that refreshes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, November 17, 2013 4:31 AM

Yes!

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5 Essential Elements For Staying Present

5 Essential Elements For Staying Present | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Before even attempting to do any practice it's important to understand that your practice is not a performance. Each practice doesn't need to be evaluated about whether it was a "good" meditation or a "bad" meditation.
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Mindfulness arrives in the workplace - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mindfulness arrives in the workplace - Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness arrives in the workplace Minneapolis Star Tribune Golden Valley-based General Mills is a pioneer in bringing “mindfulness,” or meditation, to the workplace, and the practice is becoming increasingly popular across corporate America,...
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