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The Meditating Brain

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We live in a time when scientific research is finding the same results that the meditative traditions have clearly explained, advocated and shared with humanity through the ages.

 

An encouraging finding in many of these studies is that the measureable benefits of meditation are available to use with relatively short training, and positive effects remain well after each meditation period. In fact, certain ways of being and thinking can become lifelong.

 

Meditation increases concentration. It leads to better decision-making by removing emotions that may cloud clarity. Self-awareness is boosted because meditation works in the area of the brain associated with it. Several studies have shown that there’s a greater activation in the left prefrontal cortex as a result of meditation. This area is linked to positive emotions and greater responsiveness to negative events.


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Meditation is one of the most productive and healthy exercises you can do.

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Positive effects of meditation and mindful awareness of self, and the present moment. Positive emotions for greater Well-Being.

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Why You Hate Work

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Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.
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Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met:

1. physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work;

2. emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions;

3.mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done;

4.spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.

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The Healthy Breakfast That Keeps You Fuller, Longer

The Healthy Breakfast That Keeps You Fuller, Longer | Wellness Articles for work | Scoop.it
Are you starting your day off with a hunger-crushing meal?
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Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60

Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60 | Wellness Articles for work | Scoop.it
People tend to relax as they get older, and most people sit more. Each extra hour of sitting increases the odds that they won't be able to get out of bed or do other daily activities.

 

The more you sit, the less physically active you are, which can lead to all sorts of health problems, including an early death.

 

But too much sitting increasingly looks like a health risk all its own. Researchers at Northwestern University say that for people 60 and older, each additional hour a day spent sitting increases the risk of becoming physically disabled by about 50 percent — no matter how much exercise they get.


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Employee Recognition Programs | Employee Reward Programs

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Employee recognition programs and employee reward programs from Hallmark Business Connections help to increase overall employee productivity and morale.

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How Inactivity Changes the Brain

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Being sedentary appears to alter the brain in ways that may affect heart health, a new study found.

 

A number of studies have shown that exercise can remodel the brain by prompting the creation of new brain cells and inducing other changes. Now it appears that inactivity, too, can remodel the brain, according to a notable new report.

 

The study, which was conducted in rats but likely has implications for people too, the researchers say, found that being sedentary changes the shape of certain neurons in ways that significantly affect not just the brain but the heart as well. The findings may help to explain, in part, why a sedentary lifestyle is so bad for us.

 

Until about 20 years ago, most scientists believed that the brain’s structure was fixed by adulthood, that you couldn’t create new brain cells, alter the shape of those that existed or in any other way change your mind physically after adolescence.

 

But in the years since, neurological studies have established that the brain retains plasticity, or the capacity to be reshaped, throughout our lifetimes. Exercise appears to be particularly adept at remodeling the brain, studies showed.

 

But little has been known about whether inactivity likewise alters the structure of the brain and, if so, what the consequences might be.


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Pete Carroll Makes All Seahawks Players Take Yoga And Meditate

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The Seahawks believe their kinder, gentler philosophy is the future of football.

 

The big idea is that happy players make for better players. Everyone in the facility, from coaches and players to personal assistants and valets, is expected to follow Carroll's mantras regarding positivity of thought, words and actions. "Do your job better than it has ever been done before," he tells them. Yelling and swearing are frowned upon, and every media interview with a player or coach ends with a thank-you to the reporter. And in a trial program entering its second year, a group of 15 to 20 players is undergoing Neurotopia brain-performance testing and has worked with Gervais to create status profiles -- updated every week on an iPad app -- of what's going on in their lives, how much sleep they're getting, their goals and how they're dealing with stressors.

 

Offensive tackle Russell Okung raves about the program Pete has in place, saying that meditating is now one of the most vital parts of his training.

 

“Meditation is as important as lifting weights and being out here on the field for practice,” Okung said. “It’s about quieting your mind and getting into certain states where everything outside of you doesn’t matter in that moment. There are so many things telling you that you can’t do something, but you take those thoughts captive, take power over them and change them.”


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For all who have rescooped this or anyone trying to read the full article, I had linked to a text-only version but that service is not available. Here's the original on ESPN:

 

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9581925/seattle-seahawks-use-unusual-techniques-practice-espn-magazine

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Brisk walk healthier than running – scientists

Brisk walk healthier than running – scientists | Wellness Articles for work | Scoop.it
Both produce benefits but walking cuts risk of heart trouble by a greater amount when the same energy is expended

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The chance of injury is much less with walking. I walk every day. Fast.

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The Meditating Brain

The Meditating Brain | Wellness Articles for work | Scoop.it

We live in a time when scientific research is finding the same results that the meditative traditions have clearly explained, advocated and shared with humanity through the ages.

 

An encouraging finding in many of these studies is that the measureable benefits of meditation are available to use with relatively short training, and positive effects remain well after each meditation period. In fact, certain ways of being and thinking can become lifelong.

 

Meditation increases concentration. It leads to better decision-making by removing emotions that may cloud clarity. Self-awareness is boosted because meditation works in the area of the brain associated with it. Several studies have shown that there’s a greater activation in the left prefrontal cortex as a result of meditation. This area is linked to positive emotions and greater responsiveness to negative events.


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Meditation is one of the most productive and healthy exercises you can do.

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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, April 13, 2013 11:14 AM

Another post from my own Reiki Help Blog with many links to other scoops here, and on the blog itself...

Randy Bauer's curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:25 PM

Positive effects of meditation and mindful awareness of self, and the present moment. Positive emotions for greater Well-Being.

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Compensation Cafe: 3 Things to Never Say in Employee Recognition

Compensation Cafe: 3 Things to Never Say in Employee Recognition | Wellness Articles for work | Scoop.it
“Thank you for all you do.” “Great work, but your time to delivery was a little slow. You’re a terrific employee, though and I know you’ll do better next time.” “Can I give you some feedback?” What’s wrong with these three phrases? Reading from the top down, these phrases seem to flow from quite good to potentially negative but could be positive, too. So, why have I said, “Never say these things in employee recognition?” “Thank you for all you do.” – This is far too vague, leaving the recipient wondering, “Do you even know what I really do around...
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Health Philosophy : Healthy Eating : M&S Health & Nutrition : Marks & Spencer

Health Philosophy : Healthy Eating : M&S Health & Nutrition : Marks & Spencer | Wellness Articles for work | Scoop.it
Our delicious treats and snacks satisfy your cravings without over indulging > http://t.co/xIYaZCSHtQ http://t.co/dwC87j0blq
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How to Detox Pesticides: 7 Tips for Pesticide Detoxification

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Pesticides are on our food, in our water, and in the air. So how can you detox from pesticide exposure? Here are 7 ways on how to detox pesticides.

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Smoking During Pregnancy Affects Kids' Reading Abilities

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A Yale University study has found that children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy have poor reading abilities.

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Career Journal: Seven Tips on Balancing Work and Family

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http://bit.ly/ecugHR Career Journal: Seven Tips on Balancing Work and Family


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Assertive Behavior – Pathway to a Healthy Relationship - LoveIndoors.com

Assertive Behavior – Pathway to a Healthy Relationship - LoveIndoors.com | Wellness Articles for work | Scoop.it
People relate with each other by using three different approaches:  passive, aggressive or assertive behavior. While most of us are familiar with the passive (Assertive behavior! a healthy relationship?
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Career Journal: Seven Tips on Balancing Work and Family

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6 ways to get out of your rut

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Discover the 6 keys to breaking free from negativity
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