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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...
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Listening to the Body

by Jessica Graham “In these bodies we will live. In these bodies ...
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Five Easy Ways of Undoing Distraction

by Michael W. Taft If you cannot focus on one thing at ...
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Broken Heart/Open Heart

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

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

I remember as a teenager, feeling that the Monty Python joke “my ...
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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 ...
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I’m Glad I Took the Red Pill

By Jessica Graham Pressure above the eyes and in the middle of ...
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Concentration IV: Why Bother?

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

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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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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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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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Step on the Clutch

by Michael W. Taft I love espresso. But I remember sometimes “waking up” suddenly and finding myself right in the middle of a shuddering caffeine meltdown. I’d been writing on my laptop at a coffee shop, focused on work. Starting out with a latté early in the morning, I’d just kept ordering and drinking triple-espresso […]

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Authentic Satisfaction

By Jessica Graham Last week my rib popped out. If you’ve ever experienced this, you know that it’s rather painful. It gives you a great opportunity to work with physical pain in your meditation practice and keeps your chiropractor fed. After a day of having a very easy to focus on spot in my meditation, […]

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Study: ‘Mindfulness’ May Help Moms Reduce Caregiver Stress

By Shaun Heasly for Disability Scoop Just six treatment sessions designed to help moms of kids with developmental disabilities manage their stress can go a long way toward reducing depression and anxiety, researchers say. Parents of children with developmental disabilities often experience greater stress than moms and dads of typically-developing kids. Nonetheless, most interventions target […]

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People Would Rather Receive Electric Shocks than Be Alone with Their Thoughts

Maybe you can’t go to bed, or even the bathroom, without your phone. Or maybe you come home from work and immediately check email, turn on the TV or hit “play” on the stereo. If you’re like most of us, you get—some might say, need—constant outside stimulation. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a moment alone […]

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Can Meditation Help Prevent the Effects of Aging?

By Jo Marchant for BBC It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. In the distance, white villas of wealthy Los Angeles residents dot […]

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