Nondualism Book by Michael W. Taft Released

Deconstructing Yourself is pleased to announce the release of a new book by Michael W. Taft, entitled Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept. From the Introduction: Nondualism is ...

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Just Let Go — Surrender Everything in Meditation

by Michael W. Taft For many years, I took my meditation practice very seriously. I dedicated a significant portion of my life to daily practice and long retreats, which over time ...


Flow Machine: Hacking the Human Brain for Healing and Wellbeing

How one scientist is blending ancient philosophy with modern neuroscience to fight addiction by Michael W.  Taft Heart racing and fists shaking, I stood ready to fight. I was moments ...


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Escaping the Observer Trap

Are you feeling stuck in your practice? Did meditation lead to big, ...
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Undoing Distraction, Technology Edition

by Michael W. Taft Does anyone you know not have a problem ...
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Mindful Sex: Getting Off Without Checking Out

by Jessica Graham When I was fourteen I decided it was high ...

Listening to the Body

by Jessica Graham “In these bodies we will live. In these bodies ...

Five Easy Ways of Undoing Distraction

by Michael W. Taft If you cannot focus on one thing at ...

Broken Heart/Open Heart

By Jessica Graham   “Like someone is trying to slice my sternum ...

Losing Control

By Jessica Graham In mindfulness meditation we observe and explore our experience ...

Deconstructing the Self

I remember as a teenager, feeling that the Monty Python joke “my ...

Dying With Dad

by Jessica Graham Part One My meditation practice has helped me with ...
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Downtime for the Stone Age Brain

by Michael W. Taft Recently, I found a meditation retreat center in ...

I’m Glad I Took the Red Pill

By Jessica Graham Pressure above the eyes and in the middle of ...

Concentration IV: Why Bother?

by Michael W. Taft In the last three articles, I wrote about ...

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12-Minute Meditation To Avoid Temptation

By Tom Jacobs for Business Insider New research finds brief mindfulness training can make that slice of pie, or inappropriate partner, less appealing. By now, you have probably read or heard about the benefits of mindfulness. So why haven’t you tried it? You may believe those advantages are too ephemeral (what does “inner peace” even […]

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Cognitive therapy, mindfulness may help with menopausal depression

By Janice Neumann for Reuters Psychotherapy and mindfulness techniques could help many women who experience depression during menopause, according to a review of existing research. Too few studies have looked at whether cognitive therapies are good alternatives for women who can’t or don’t want to use pharmaceutical treatments, the authors conclude, but the handful that did […]

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Mindfulness Makes A Huge Difference In Heart Health; Improves Self-Awareness, Reduces Cravings

By Stephanie Castillo for Medical Daily More often than not, you hear “mindfulness” ahead of “meditation,” a practice in which people train to be more aware of their every moment. Mindfulness meditation has been linked to lower emotional and chemical stress levels; the ability to ease depression and anxiety; and reduced arthritis pain, asthma, risk […]

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Mindfulness Protects Adults’ Health From The Impacts Of Childhood Adversity

From Science Codex Adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have poorer health, but adults who tend to focus on and accept their reactions to the present moment—or are mindful—report having better health, regardless of their childhood adversity. These findings, to be published in the October issue of Preventive Medicine, are […]

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Getting the Commitment You Deserve

By Jessica Graham I’m at the age where everyone around me is getting married and having kids. Watching this can be very hard for those who want to get married but have not yet met a life-partner or are with someone who isn’t ready for that kind of commitment. For example, I was recently talking […]

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Meditation May Mitigate Migraine Misery

From Science Codex Meditation might be a path to migraine relief, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Stress is a well-known trigger for headaches and research supports the general benefits of mind/body interventions for migraines, but there hasn’t been much research to evaluate specific standardized meditation interventions,” said […]

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Meditating with Constant Distraction

by Michael W. Taft When I first started meditating, one of the hardest things was trying to stay focused. There were just so many things to do, people to interact with, noises like music or blaring car horns that shattered and upset my nascent meditative vibe. I felt like I was drowning. How could I […]

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Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits

By Benita Matilda for Science World Report A mindfulness-based therapy for depression reduces healthcare visits among those who often see their family doctors. The study, led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, found that frequent health service users – after receiving mindfulness-based cognitive therapy – exhibited a […]

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Eat Less Chocolate, Enjoy It More

by Jessica Graham The first time I thought of chocolate as a drug was a few years ago. I was having a day that was heavy with sadness. I had been moving through tender achy stirrings in my chest and teary interactions with my partner. It was late afternoon and the melancholy was not letting […]

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Dan Harris: Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation


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Study Shows Addicts are Lower in Mindfulness

By Richard Taite for Psych Central Studies have shown the benefit of mindfulness training added to substance abuse treatment. Now a study from the National Institutes of Health show that lack of mindfulness may be one of the causes of substance abuse, in the first place. The study calls mindfulness, a “way of being that is focused on the […]

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No Time to Think

By Kate Murphy for The New York Times One of the biggest complaints in modern society is being over-scheduled, overcommitted and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore. When people aren’t super busy at work, they […]

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Proven Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

by Michael W. Taft I started meditating over 30 years ago, and it has proven to be a life-changing practice for me. When I reflect on my own experience, or listen to that of my friends and students, I realize that there was almost no area of life that meditation doesn’t improve or enhance in […]

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