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Mindfulness for Beginners: Jon Kabat-Zinn -

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness

Via Dennis T OConnor
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 26, 2014 2:17 PM

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.

ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 2014 4:45 AM

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

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How does meditation actually work?

How does meditation actually work? | Creatively Aging |
Neuroscientists are researching centuries-old Buddhist mindfulness techniques and their effects on the brain

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 21, 2016 11:53 AM

As a life long skeptic, reasearch helps me see what has been obvious to many since the very beginning. 

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Emotions Can Change Your DNA

Emotions Can Change Your DNA | Creatively Aging |
Scientific evidence in the last half century clearly shows that your emotions, the good ones and the bad, affect you in multiple ways: health, schoolwork, job performance, relationships and much more.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, December 20, 2012 8:12 PM

Everything depends on our internal consciousness and external awareness. The KEY is translating this knowledge into practical everyday actions that will enliven and enrich our body, mind and spirit. For me, it starts and ends with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE!

The BioSync Team's comment, December 20, 2012 8:15 PM
And, another interesting read:
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Meditate Your Way To A More Creative Mind

Meditate Your Way To A More Creative Mind | Creatively Aging |

Re: the research of therapist and meditation teacher named Ron Alexander.


"Mindfulness helps you to build what I call 'mind strength,' " Alexander says. "Your awareness and consciousness become really toned. This is an excellent strategy for becoming successful in your profession, as well as the bigger game of transforming yourself and the people who work with and for you."


Alexander's metaphor is grounded in science. In a move partly spurred by recent improvements in the resolution of computer-generated brain images as well as advances in stem-cell research, neuroscientists have been learning that our brains are more malleable than was once presumed. "A decade ago, we thought you got what you were given at birth and that was pretty much it," says Joshua Aronson, a psychologist at New York University who studies intellectual performance. "But now we know the number of brain cells can increase throughout your life through neurogenesis. There's great evidence that shows if you really work on a skill, the part of the brain associated with that skill grows. The mind is like a muscle. If you don't keep exercising it, it will atrophy."


When adults practice juggling, for example, gray-matter volume in motor areas increases after just two weeks. A classic series of experiments showed that London taxi drivers, who go through detailed training to memorize their city's layout, emerge with enlarged hippocampal regions, which are associated with memory.

But can intelligence and creativity really be as "neuroplastic" as memory and motor skills? Intelligence, much less creativity, has not been conclusively linked with any one area in the brain. The closest analogues are the so-called executive functions, brain systems involved in planning, integrating of sensory information, and abstract thinking, that are thought to be concentrated in the prefrontal cortex. There is, says Aronson, a way to improve executive functioning, and it's the very same practice prescribed by Alexander: mindfulness meditation. In fact, Aronson is currently planning a meditation study with undergrads at NYU. "Some studies show that people who do mindfulness meditation gain as much as 10 IQ points," he says. "What that seems to indicate is that it works on the ability to screen out irrelevant information, to clear out the mind of distractions, and to focus intently on relevant stimuli, which frees up resources to solve problems."


Fast Company

Anya Kamenetz

18 May 2011

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Dibyendu De's comment, December 5, 2012 11:09 PM
Thanks for sharing.. Some quantification as justification for obsessively Left Brained ones.
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Nurturing the Divine

Nurturing the Divine | Creatively Aging |
Nurturing the Divine is your source for collectible Tibetan Singing Bowls, Chocolate Buddha...
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I am not familiar with the products, but wanted to share this in case someone knows of them.

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DailyOM - Pema Chödrön

DailyOM - Pema Chödrön | Creatively Aging |
Pema Chödrön: How to Meditate with Pema Chödrön

A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind 

When it comes to meditation, Pema Chödrön is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost teachers. Yet she's never offered an introductory course on audio—until now.

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Silent retreats’ rising popularity poses a challenge: How to handle the quiet

Silent retreats’ rising popularity poses a challenge: How to handle the quiet | Creatively Aging |
People visiting silent retreats in a noisy, plugged-in world can stress about how to handle the quiet. Although participation in silent retreats is on the rise, many of those preparing to spend time at the hermitage said they were so unaccustomed to unstructured time alone that they made to-do lists — then feared they were doing “solitude” wrong and scrapped them. They agonized over what to bring and wear and eat, as if they were traveling to an exotic land.
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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, December 13, 2012 11:46 AM

Silence is a practice. You want to begin with cultivating quiet at home in small increments. Even on a daily basis, taking 5 minutes here and there can build up your silence "muscle." I've written about silence a lot. See these links: AND

Brooke Levis, MA CPC's curator insight, January 24, 2013 10:38 AM

Having ventured into "silent retreat" zone, I can understand the anxiety in preparation.  I initiate a 24 hour loving kindness contract with myself after I check-in at Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas, CA.  I fully acknowledge that my nerves, muscle tension and attention focus may be on hyper alert and I may feel significant discomfort the first 24 hours.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapuetic tools are my lifeline enablingt transition into mindfulness and sink into the peace of being in the moment.

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Spanda! | Creatively Aging |

Spanda is a Sanskrit term – derived from the root spadi: “to move a little” (kimcit calana) – for the subtle creative pulse of the universe as it manifests into the dynamism of living form. (...)


It might be described as the essence of a wave in the ocean of consciousness. An impulse or desire to create and enjoy, likened to an eternal spring, joyfully overflowing its inner essence into manifestation and inspiration, yet ever full, complete and unchanging. (...)

"Spanda is the pulsation of the ecstasy of the divine consciousness", as Abinahavagupta (975-1025 c.e.) defines it. When we sense this pulsation inside us, we are sensing our own personal spark of that huge, primordial life force. It is the energy behind the breath, the heartbeat, and the movement of our thoughts and feelings. It is also the source of all our inner experiences. When we get deep into ourselves, we realize that this throb, this subtle pulsation, is actually ‘meditating’ us.


Image via @SpandaNetwork

HT @cyber_shaman


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Danijel Drnić's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:29 PM

..i stvarno je tako.

Danijel Drnić's comment, March 19, 2013 7:31 PM
..there is circle I like to take for good example..and it goes something like this : TOUGH-WORD-LETTER-DEED. How can't this be real. I love this article. It say the true.