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Effectively Stabilize Your Emotions: Don't Let Your Amygdala Hijack Your Brain.

Effectively Stabilize Your Emotions: Don't Let Your Amygdala Hijack Your Brain. | Mind | Scoop.it
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10 Easy Ways You Can Practice Mindfulness - Huffington Post

10 Easy Ways You Can Practice Mindfulness - Huffington Post | Mind | Scoop.it
We're literally missing out on most our own lives, which leaves us feeling shallow, empty and deeply unsettled. The great news is you can learn to be more present and mindful. Here are 10 easy ways you can practice mindfulness in your daily life.
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Neuroscience of Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence

Neuroscience of Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence | Mind | Scoop.it
The growth of Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been driven by some significant steps in our understanding of how the brain works. To understand and develop EI we
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7 Reasons You Should Start Meditating Right Away

7 Reasons You Should Start Meditating Right Away | Mind | Scoop.it
Still not convinced that sitting still and focusing your mind will do you a world of good? Here are seven reasons you should start meditating, stat.

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Morgan Dix's curator insight, January 20, 2015 4:25 PM

"Meditation is kind of weird. When you meditate, you’re trying to lose yourself, and in the losing, find a deeper you. Isn’t that the opposite of what it means to be a productive and contributing member of society? Well, there’s a lot of research showing that regular meditation practice can enhance your productivity and focus. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t use a deep infusion of calm focus? Here are seven reasons you should start meditating right away."

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How to Train the Compassionate Brain

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A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.

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Doug Breitbart's curator insight, May 28, 2013 1:12 PM

Thoughts to actions can create more altruism. . . very powerful idea.

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Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks | Mind | Scoop.it
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Mindfulness: the saddest trend of 2015 - Telegraph.co.uk

Mindfulness: the saddest trend of 2015 - Telegraph.co.uk | Mind | Scoop.it
The growing popularity of mindfulness, a meditative practice with Buddhist roots being offered offices and schools, conceals a dark truth society must confront, argues Emma Barnett
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Zen Brain: Exploring The Connection Between Neuroscience And Meditation

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Freedom from suffering can be found through realizing that the fundamental nature of our mental experience is ever-changing, interdependent and without any fixed, unchanging self at its core.

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4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart, brain and creativity

4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart, brain and creativity | Mind | Scoop.it
Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I kn...

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All it takes is 10 minutes...

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How Mindfulness Lets Us Listen to Our Hearts - Huffington Post

How Mindfulness Lets Us Listen to Our Hearts - Huffington Post | Mind | Scoop.it
If you were to have told me six months ago that I would start an Instagram account spreading love, originality and positive energy, I would have thought you were kidding.
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How Neuroscience Is Helping Answer the Question ‘Who Am I?’

How Neuroscience Is Helping Answer the Question ‘Who Am I?’ | Mind | Scoop.it
Diseases of the mind like Alzheimer’s help us understand what it means to exist or, conversely, feel as if we don’t exist.
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6 Ways To Hack Your Stress - Yahoo Health

6 Ways To Hack Your Stress - Yahoo Health | Mind | Scoop.it
Don’t let stress control you — take control of your stress.
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Stress is considered a necessary evil of the 21st century!! This is far from the truth. This is a great article on stress, its causes and effects and ways to manage and reduce it.


We would add yoga to this list as well - an incredibly beneficial and powerful practice for balancing the nervous system which has direct effect on the health of the immune system.

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Compassion and the true meaning of empathy: Joan Halifax on TED

Compassion and the true meaning of empathy: Joan Halifax on TED | Mind | Scoop.it

Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she’s learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy. 


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six insights that will change the way you think about compassion

six insights that will change the way you think about compassion | Mind | Scoop.it

In the so-called age of narcissism, it's been said that empathy is declining -- and some research has shown that social media is causing us to become more self-obsessed than ever before. But whether or not selfishness is actually on the rise, it's safe to say that we need compassion more than ever.

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Doty and other neuroscientists and psychologists have made compassion a growing field of study, looking at how empathy and altruism work in the brain and how we can increase our capacity for goodness. Here are six insights that will change the way you think about compassion -- and revolutionize your approach to giving and social connection.


We're wired for compassion.

For thousands of years, scientists and philosophers have asked whether humans are self-interested or altruistic. Historically, it's been thought that our actions are largely selfish in motivation (look no further than the popular theory of Social Darwinism), but that school of thought has started to give way to a new, and more compassionate, picture of human behavior.

 

Many psychologists have suggested that we developed altruism as an evolutionary advantage -- helping others is in fact a powerful way of helping ourselves, and key to the development of tribes and social groups. Datcher Keltner of the University of California has presented a wide body of research to support the idea humans have a "compassion instinct" -- in other words, there is a biological basis for treating others well.

"It has long been assumed that selfishness, greed, and competitiveness lie at the core of human behavior, the products of our evolution," Keltner wrote in a report for the Greater Good Science Center. "But recent scientific findings forcefully challenge this view of human nature. We see that compassion is deeply rooted in our brains, our bodies, and in the most basic ways we communicate. What’s more, a sense of compassion fosters compassionate behavior and helps shape the lessons we teach our children."

Compassion is good for business.

More than 80 percent of US workers say that their jobs cause them stress, and this high level of employee stress can have a high cost for businesses. Workplace stress can result in lower employee productivity, engagement and retention, and higher health care costs. But recent research has found that creating a culture of compassion -- a workplace in which managers and employers are friendly and help one another -- can make employees happier and more productive...............

 

Compassion makes you happy.

The Dalai Lama has long held that compassion is the key to happiness and good physical health, and recently, brain-imaging studies have shown that doing good for others does provide pleasure and boost well-being. A 2006 National Institutes of Health study showed that the brain's reward centers are activated in the same way when we give to others as when we receive money ourselves.

 

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives," His Holiness wrote in The Art of Happiness. "I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling... but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.”

 

Meditation can increase the brain's capacity for compassion.

Neuroscience research on Tibetan Buddhist monks has found that meditation on compassion (metta meditation) can produce powerful changes in the brains of experienced practitioners. When asked to meditate on "unconditional loving-kindness and compassion," the brains of the monks generated powerful gamma waves that may have indicated a compassionate state of mind, Wired reported. The research suggests that empathy can be cultivated by exercising the brain with loving-kindness meditation.

 

But meditation doesn't just boost compassion among monks. University of Texas psychologist Kristin Neff says that cultivating mindfulness -- the focused awareness on the present moment, which can be increased through meditation -- is the first step for anyone to develop compassion for the self and for others.

 

"In order for us to open our hearts in the face of suffering, we need to be mindfully aware that suffering is occuring, and we need to be able to turn toward it and be with it as it is," Neff explained in a Greater Good Science Center talk.

 

Compassion can be taught.

Just as we can wire our brains for happiness, we can also optimize the mind for altruism. Compassion training developed at Stanford has been shown to be effective in boosting an individual's level of care for others. Preliminary data shows that subjects who participated in Stanford's nine-week compassion cultivation training demonstrated significantly enhanced compassion in the three target areas of compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and self-compassion.

"There's a small subset of people on the side of extraordinarily kind, compassionate, and that's their baseline -- Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama," Doty explained. "And then there's a fairly small group who, no matter what we do to try to potentiate their capacity for compassion, don't have that capacity. Between those extremes are the rest of us, who can probably benefit from some kind of intervention or training when it comes to our ability to be altruistic or compassionate."

 

Compassion is contagious.

Here's a good reason to pay it forward: It turns out that there's scientific proof for the idea that "kindness is contagious." A 2010 social science study from the University of California and Harvard found that being kind to others is like yawning: It catches on. Small and large acts of generosity, compassion and helping others can inspire a chain of more good actions from others -- and this social influence spreads for up to three degrees of separation.


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World 3.0: Meditation promotes health and happiness - Yahoo News

World 3.0: Meditation promotes health and happiness - Yahoo News | Mind | Scoop.it
With the arrival of the New Year, millions of people resolve to get their bodies into better shape with exercise and diet.
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Using Mindfulness Exercises for Anxiety

Using Mindfulness Exercises for Anxiety | Mind | Scoop.it
For the people who are not sure what mindfulness means it is a spiritual path to enlightenment according to the teachings of Lord Buddha. It

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Marianne PokeBunny Lenaerts's curator insight, January 9, 2015 1:07 AM

For the people who are not sure what mindfulness means it is a spiritual path to enlightenment according to the teachings of Lord Buddha. It is a type of self-awareness where your mind will be trained to be in touch with the present moment and your own self.

In today’s society everyone is going through countless experiences that life throws their way and as a result it can affect their mental health. Using mindfulness exercises will teach you to stay in the moment and to accept things for what they are and how they are.

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Meditation and Our Relationship With Time

Meditation and Our Relationship With Time | Mind | Scoop.it
Slowing down and taking time for ourselves helps us feel more powerful and loved. Stillness is a rare experience but it is how we stay balanced and centered. If our internal energy is bouncing all over the place, mimicking the outside world we don'...

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American Institute Health Care Professionals's curator insight, January 6, 2015 11:18 AM

A short article from the Huffington Post and how Meditation and how we perceive time is critical to our own mental health.  Too many times we rush and are in a hurry but with proper meditation we can see existence for what it is and not be caught up in everything according to a clock

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Tantra Yoga - Being an Instrument of Life - Sadhguru

http://www.ishafoundation.org/ http://www.innerengineering.com Tantra - what used to be a whole spiritual path, has been abused and misunderstood to be mere ...
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