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LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress

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 Historically, the majority of stressors facing humans were physical (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), requiring, in turn, a physical response. "We are not particularly splendid physical creatures," says David Spiegel, M.D., director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford School of Medicine, who explains that plenty of other animals can outrun us, overpower us, out-see us, out-smell us. "The only thing that has allowed us to explore the planet is the fact that we can respond effectively to threats."


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Without the stresses of life we would not be here today reading this article.  The issue is that when I stress in situations that are not life threatening or overreact to situations and events that shoot a squirt of adreneline into my system 200 times a day, I am training myself to be anxious...almost all the time.  I like to say: When this occurs I am swimming in an adreneline stew. When you stew me enough, my autoimmune system gets compromised. My normal and natural defenses wear down...andI wear out.


The trick is to train myself to become a non-anxious presence in an anxious and overstressed world. 


The aphorism is: I learn from my experience.  The trust should I look a little deeper is: I DO NOT learn from my experience.  I LEARN from my interpretation of my experience.  Two people can have the same experience. One sees it as a learning lesson, grows from it and continues on with life. Another person sees it as a horrible experience that  they will never get over, and remain a victim of that experience for the rest of their life.


This is where an attitude of gratitude and appreciation come in. Take a breath in, and then out.  Move on to the next breath. I only have this moment.

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It is important to understand how our brains and bodies react to stress. This article also includes an infographic.

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The evolution of the fight or flight response is no longer as adaptive as it once was

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They climb highest who lift as they go. Sharing wisdom from the past and present to let go and be present in the present.
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Top 3 Reasons to Try Mindfulness: For the Children's Sake and Yours

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Practicing mindfulness meditation creates a steady, calm space so that what used to overwhelm me is far more manageable. I understand from my own observation that what I am feeling in the moment is like a passing cloud....


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Mindfulness for Beginners: Jon Kabat-Zinn -

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness

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Shared by Dennis O'Connor. Jon Kabat-Zinn's helpful guidance for Beginner's Mind.

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This short body scan meditation is superb. Kabat-Zinn leads your attention to that place we seek. I found my breath synchronizing with the words.  I'm a beginner. I'm grateful for this guided mindful meditation practice.

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A Science Icon Died 17 Years Ago. In His Last Interview, He Made A Warning That Gives Me Goosebumps.

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His dark prediction about the future has become our present.
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Buddha talking to the people of Kalama told them to be skeptical of all those who come and say they have the truth or use their authority, knowledge, wisdom to persuade others that they hold the truth. Read the Kalama Sutra.  He ends up by saying:


"However, after thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it."


These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.

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Mindfulness & Movement: A Movement To Help Children Move

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Caring for the Future


My daughters from early childhood were raised with the saying: If you want to know the future, create it.

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Leah Kalish and a growing group of teachers and educators have committed to bring a mindfulness approach along with movement to school children of all ages from early childhood development through K to 12.  UCSD Center for MIndfulness holds it yearly conference in early February: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: MIndfulness in Clincal Practice, Education and Reserach where the growing number of educators, researchers, and clinicians come together to share what is working.


Google "Mindfulness & Children" to see what is being done around the globe. So much good information and sharing is available.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 17, 3:04 PM

Leah Kalish and a growing group of teachers and educators have committed to bring a mindfulness approach along with movement to school children of all ages from early childhood development through K to 12.  UCSD Center for MIndfulness holds it yearly conference in early February: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: MIndfulness in Clincal Practice, Education and Reserach where the growing number of educators, researchers, and clinicians come together to share what is working.


Google "Mindfulness & Children" to see what is being done around the globe. So much good information and sharing is available.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 22, 7:45 PM

Recommended by the remarkable Ozzie Gontang.

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Vulnerability

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Your weirdness will make you stronger. Your dark side will keep you whole. Your vulnerability will connect you to the rest of our suffering world. Your creativity will set you free. There's nothing...

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Just sitting there breathing, I am enough.

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#connection #creativity #mindfulness #vulnerability

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Coping with stress: can mindfulness help?

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Dealing with human suffering and an exhausting schedule often leaves many development workers burnt out.


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When one is had by their Vision and is working on their competence of accepting themselves and at the same time with the commitment to be better tomorrow than I was today at being me and being better at the work I do it changes one's perspective. 


We each have a unique contribution because no one has had another person's experience. Being present. Being aware. Being intentional. Mindfulness like any human endeavor is about practice. Regular practice.  No matter how I am feeling it is there as my teaching.  Can I slow myself down? Can I focus on doing here doing what I need to be doing.  We are mindful  or mind full.  It is always a choice   

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Mindfulness: 5 Practical Methods for Your Daily Life - Huffington Post

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Mindfulness: 5 Practical Methods for Your Daily Life Huffington Post Mindfulness implies balance, focus and living in the moment. We often associate mindfulness with meditation and dedicated practice.


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Do c heck out Brenda Bentley's  MIndfulness for Everyday Living.

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[video] Exercise Your Mind Just Like Your Abs With 10-Minute Mindfulness - Huffington Post

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Exercise Your Mind Just Like Your Abs With 10-Minute Mindfulness Huffington Post As Konnikova recently wrote in the New Yorker, achieving mindfulness can be just as easy as "10-Minute Abs." Faithfully practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes each day...


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A reminder that Mindfulness is a "practice."

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, February 20, 3:51 AM

Core Mindfulness  Core Value  Core Abs

ROI =Breathing for Business.

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A Lifetime of Amazing Generosity: 98-year-old Dobri Dobrev : Our Collective Good – a Wishadoo! Initiative

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How hard it is for us to be non judgmental when biased by our pre-judgdments.

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GENEROSITY, COMPASSION, CHRISTIAN

Dobri Dobrev is a man who lost his hearing in WWII and walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of Sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.

 

Though a well-recognized fixture around several of the city’s chuches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying Bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living entirely off his monthly state pension of 80 euros and the kindness of others.

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Clip from the Center for Mindfulness DVD - YouTube

A wonderful 10-minute clip from the DVD released by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, which provides an overview of the science...


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The Center continues to add to the impact of Mindfulness.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn QuotesZen Quotes

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Quotes from Jon Kabat-Zinn who uses mindfulness meditation to help people reduce stress and deal with chronic pain. Founder of UMMC Stress Reduction Clinic (Being a parent is one of greatest mindfulness practices of all.
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10 Mindfulness Power Tips -- It's all About You - Huffington Post

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10 Mindfulness Power Tips -- It's all About YouHuffington PostEventually moving to self-observation without self-judging.
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Breathing In vs. Spacing Out

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Is mindfulness always best? (Some pros and cons of mindfulness described in the NYT:http://t.co/Ynnzel8Yb9)
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How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are)

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At one time or another, we’ve all experienced rushing mindlessly through our daily routines, missing how there are many opportunities to turn routine activities into moments for mindfulness, (How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are)...


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The operational word is: Practice.  Pema Chodron would say one is learning from the Busy Buddha or the Rushing Buddha.

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Mindfulness and Who Do I Believe

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The paths to enlightenment are as numerous as there are people. Some gain it in an instant. Others struggle for years. Some never attain it. ...
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It is as easy as it is difficult:  "Find what is true for oneself and live it in the world.”

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A Very Bad Idea That Millions of People Believe

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For the first time since the field of psychology formally became a science, which was only a century ago, serious attention is being paid to happiness. 

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Some good reflections by Deepak Chopra.


Often we think of happiness as a destination, a place to get to. It's the journey and being in the present in this journey. As every there becomes a here. There exists in my imagination.  As some say it's the only nation many pledge allegiance to.  If things are going to be better tomorrow it also means they are good today. 


Letting go and falling away are interesting concepts.  To Charlie Brown's question may be another question: Is happiness a series of incidents that allow me to see how present I am in dealing with each one. Maybe best to look at happiness as a practice.


I am taking an improv class to go along with the idea that my life is one continual Improv.  In Improv you always say yes and look for the better in the good that is always in front of oneself.  Like the world being on the backs of turtles all the way down.  My life is choices, all the way down. The one that wins is the one I feed.  ozzie Mindfulness.com



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Feeling Self-Critical? Try Mindfulness

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New research shows that mindfulness may help us to stop comparing ourselves to other people. (It's #mindfulmonday!


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#MindfulMonday is a gift from dear friend Mary Lore and her work and writings around Managing Thought. Check out ManagingThought.com

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Low-income students combat stress with mindfulness


At Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif., 7th graders are learning yoga as a way to cope with the stress of life in a community rife with homelessne...


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The practice of Mindfulness can begin at any age and in any situation.  Here is an example.

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» Should Mindfulness Be Taught In Classrooms? - Psych Central News

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The practice of mindfulness has been shown to counteract the heavy toll of anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and illness on the body and mind; and if kids could
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In some ways we are never too young to start learning.  It's something that every child does from a very early age. It's about learning the right things that need to be learned.

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, March 24, 4:59 PM

Love is mindfulness!

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Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening from Tara Brach

Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening from Tara Brach | Mindfulness.com - A Practice | Scoop.it
Listen to episodes of Tara Brach on podbay.fm.

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To remember use: VISA: Vulnerability, Intimacy, Spiritual Awakening. Besides listening for most of us it is more beneficial to be in what is hidden in 'Listen."  That is "Silent."  ozzie Mindfulness.com

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Brenda Bentley's curator insight, March 4, 1:21 AM

Tara Brach on #Vulnerability as a Path to #Authenticity. Good stuff! You can listen to this podcast on any device.

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The Top 5 Free Zen Apps : DNews

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A handful of mobile applications to help you disconnect, philosophize and relax.

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Connecting to disconnect. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 20, 5:30 PM

Mobile devises are distraction machines.  The nature of the beast is to interrupt you.  Along comes the concept of zen apps. 

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10 Great Ways Mindfulness Turns Fear Into An Ally

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At first glance you might not put mindfulness and fear together or think that one can counterbalance the other. But while mindfulness invites us to be present with fear rather than run from it, it also frees us from being stuck in fearful thoughts an...

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This article by Deb and Ed Shapiro is part of their sharing from RevolutionaryMindfulness.com. 

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Brenda Bentley's curator insight, February 19, 3:03 AM

This is a great article. I believe on of the most powerful aspects of adopting a mindfulness practice is making fear your ally. 

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The Mindfulness Revolution: How Mindfulness Meditation Is ...

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The mindfulness revolution is a movement whose time has come. Mindfulness meditation is bridging the gap between science and spirituality.
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How the Mindful Parenting Movement Is Setting Parents Up to Fail - Slate Magazine

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Slate MagazineHow the Mindful Parenting Movement Is Setting Parents Up to FailSlate MagazineIf you have never encountered “mindfulness” or tried to meditate, then congratulations, your soul must be very post-evolved (or absent).
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Mindfulness and Meditation | Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo ...

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Compassion is often seen as grounded in mindfulness, which is the capacity to sustain moment-by-moment focused awareness of and openness to one's internal experience and immediate environment, without judgement and with ...
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