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LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit

LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, meditation has evolved from an of-the-moment fad to a legitimate health craze, as research has linked the practice to everything from improved cardiovascular health to cognitive benefits. Science has even shown that mindfulne...

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Studies show #meditation can rewire your brain to be more connected and less reactive.

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Kat Tansey's curator insight, May 14, 2014 2:01 PM

Very nice graphic and summary of studies in this article about how meditation benefits us in so many ways.

 

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Shakia's curator insight, May 19, 2014 12:37 PM

Meditating will put your mind at restaurant and get rid of the stress. It helps you calm your nerves and be peaceful. It takes your mind away from everything and focuses you on what's better for you. 

Christine Blyth's comment, June 23, 2014 7:37 AM
good informative web site
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10 Remarkable Ways Meditation Helps Your Mind

10 Remarkable Ways Meditation Helps Your Mind | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Studies find meditation provides lasting emotional control, cultivates compassion, reduces pain sensitivity, boosts multitasking and more...

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Meditation has been shown to reduce pain, improve blood pressure, focus, immunity, life quality.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 19, 2013 7:42 PM

Jeremy Dean, author of "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick", explores the multiple benefits of meditation spilling over into everyday life.


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Shalini VadheraPotts's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:11 PM

Through my own personal growth and search to find balance, a day doesn't go by that I'm told to meditate.  There are so many ways to do meditation and even more benefits. My latest practice is a walking meditation where I repeat a mantra while walking through nature.  I love it and the affects it has on my overall well being are amazing.

 

Here are some more reason why you just need to meditate!

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 20, 2013 7:43 PM

I am getting more out of guided meditation than anything I have done for myself in a long time.

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.

 

Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.

 

Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggests that we can better cope with others’ negative emotions by strengthening our own compassion skills, which the researchers define as “feeling concern for another’s suffering and desiring to enhance that individual’s welfare.”

 

“Empathy is really important for understanding others’ emotions very deeply, but there is a downside of empathy when it comes to the suffering of others,” says Olga Klimecki, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and the lead author of the study. “When we share the suffering of others too much, our negative emotions increase. It carries the danger of an emotional burnout.”


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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:18 PM

Such an important topic and distinction. I've been teaching this to my Reiki students for years and years. I'm glad there's now research being done about it. We can help others without causing harm to ourselves! We can help and still remain functional.

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 24, 2013 12:40 AM

empathy works best when paired with compassion

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Introduction to Mindfulness | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures

Introduction to Mindfulness | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
Professor Mark Williams introduces Mindfulness in the first of four short videos in this series.

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Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes with Meditation

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With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.

 

A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of meditation.

 

After eight hours of practice, meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.


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"After eight hours of practice, meditators showed altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation."

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Neuroscientists and the Dalai Lama Swap Insights on Meditation

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An encounter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the scientific study of meditation

 

What passed between these representatives of two distinct intellectual modes of thinking about the world were facts, data—knowledge. That is, knowledge about the more than two-millennia-old Eastern tradition of investigating the mind from the inside, from an interior, subjective point of view, and the much more recent insights provided by empirical Western ways to probe the brain and its behavior using a third-person, reductionist framework. What the former brings to the table are scores of meditation techniques to develop mindfulness, concentration, insight, serenity, wisdom and, it is hoped, in the end, enlightenment. These revolve around a daily practice of quiet yet alert sitting and letting the mind settle before embarking on a specific program, such as “focused attention” or the objectless practice of generating a state of “unconditional loving-kindness and compassion.” After years of daily contemplative exercise—nothing comes easily in meditation—practitioners can achieve considerable control over their mind.

 

Twelve years of schooling, four years of college and an even longer time spent in advanced graduate training fail to familiarize our future doctors, soldiers, engineers, scientists, accountants and politicians with such techniques. Western universities do not teach methods to enable the developing or the mature mind to become quiet and to focus its considerable powers on a single object, event or train of thought. There is no introductory class on “Focusing the Mind.” And this is to our loss!


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We need to learn how to be present with ourselves and to tune out all the chatter.

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10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9C Adjust your thermostat then check out these 10 quick tips for maximizing mirth.

 

1.  Exercise more—7 minutes might be enough
2.  Sleep more—you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions
3.  Move closer to work--a short commute is worth more than a big house
4.  Spend time with friends and family--don’t regret it on your deathbed
5.  Go outside--happiness is maximized at 13.9°C
6.  Help others--100 hours a year is the magical number
7.  Practice smiling--it can alleviate pain
8.  Plan a trip--but don’t take one
9.  Meditate--rewire your brain for happiness
10. Practice gratitude--increase both happiness and life satisfaction




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Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:09 AM

Often, when we take steps towards happiness, it all seems so slow.... But this is the perspective of the mind, Which is different from the soul!

 

When nothing seems to happen, let's remind to ourselves that our higher self knows exactly what to do and where to go! 

 

Once we have expressed a TRUE INTENTION to be happy, we will make it!