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Let It Be – Meditation

by Michael W. Taft   Your life is filled with too much business, too much hurry, too much stress. Just for a moment, let go of all that. There are ...

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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 ...

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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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Take Your Body with You

by Michael W. Taft When I was 33 years old, I became ...
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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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Harvard study suggest mindfulness makes measurable changes in brain

By Sue McGreevey, MGH Communications Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) […]

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Mindfulness Intervention Boosts Brain Activation For Healthy Pleasures

From MedicalXpress How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? Learn to enjoy other aspects of their lives. That’s the key finding in a new study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine by Eric L. Garland, associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work. Garland and colleagues […]

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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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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 away from sparring with the top student in my karate class in Japan: a fast, coordinated monster who had defeated all challengers. But nanoseconds before […]

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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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