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Mindfulness for Worry & Insomnia

by Daron Larson Learn how to take breaks from your story and get some rest Most of us feel certain that we think and worry more than most people. When our ...

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Pain Relief with Mindfulness: The Safe Haven

by Michael W. Taft I remember throwing out my back one time, which caused terrible pain in one leg. I went to doctors, chiropractors, took medications, all of which helped. ...

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Willfully Altering Your Brain: An Interview with Michael W. Taft

  Michael W. Taft was recently interviewed about mindfulness meditation by the fabulous David McRaney on his podcast “You Are Not So Smart.” Click the white arrow in the red ...

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Meditation: Are You Doing It Wrong?

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Flow Machine: Hacking the Human Brain for Healing and Wellbeing

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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

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Concentration and Flow

by Michael W. Taft Have you ever been so involved in doing ...
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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

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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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Concentration II – Learning to Listen

by Michael W. Taft You’re having complex feelings about the things that ...
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School-based Mindfulness May Reduce Stress, Trauma

By Andrew M. Seaman for Reuters Health Middle-school students in urban areas may benefit from in-school mindfulness programs, a new study suggests. Students taking a mindfulness-based stress reduction program during the school day ended up with less symptoms of stress and trauma than children attending classes on health topics, researchers found. “High-quality structured mindfulness programs […]

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Mindful Listening For Better Relationships

By Jessica Graham At the beginning of my meditation classes we have a period of introductions and check ins. It’s a time to say, “Hello,” to the group and share anything going on with your practice or in your life. It can become quite emotional and intimate as people open up about what’s really going […]

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Coping with Emotions using Mindfulness

In this author talk at Google, Michael Taft looks at emotional intelligence — how we can work with our own emotions much more effectively using evolutionary biology, psychology, and mindfulness meditation. And Star Wars.

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Go Deeper Using the Meditation Induction

by Michael W. Taft Mindfulness is awesome because it features a few simple rules that can be recombined to create thousands of different meditation techniques. You could practice a different meditation every day for the next ten years, never repeat yourself, and continuously make progress. With all that variety, however, it helps your meditation practice […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Trumps Placebo In Pain Reduction

From Science Daily Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found new evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than placebo. This is significant because placebo-controlled trials are the recognized standard for demonstrating the efficacy of clinical and pharmacological treatments. The research, published in the Nov.11 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, showed […]

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Meditation Helps You Have Better Sex — Here’s the Science Behind Why

By Max Plenke for .Mic Stressed out? The sexier side of science has good and bad news for you. The bad news: Your stress is keeping you from having the best sex you can. The good news is you can change that with just a few minutes of meditation every day. You’ve probably heard that […]

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SATISFACTION: Getting the Most Out of Your Life with Mindfulness

by Michael W. Taft You can’t wait for your romantic getaway in paradise with your partner. You buy tickets for a dream vacation, imagine all of the things you’ll do, make the plans, the dates, the airline and hotel reservations. It’s a major effort, and finally the big day comes when you board the plane […]

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Mindful Sex: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

By Jessica Graham Do you talk about sex? Do you tell your partners what turns you on or turns you off? I can’t tell you how many people I have come across who are not enjoying sex, purely because they won’t speak up and ask for what they want. Communication is a key ingredient for […]

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The Mindful Geek Is Out!

Want to get the benefits of mindfulness without having to join a religion?  Want to learn to meditate within a completely scientific, secular worldview?   Let me tell you a bit about my new book, which just got published. Called The Mindful Geek, it shows you how to derive the real world benefits of hardcore mindfulness […]

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Mindfulness May Make Memories Less Accurate

From Medical Xpress Mindfulness meditation is associated with all sorts of benefits to mental and physical well-being, but a new study suggests that it may also come with a particular downside for memory. The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, show that participants who engaged in a 15-minute […]

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Meditate Now

By Jessica Graham You have heard that meditation is good for you. You’ve read a few articles about it or even tried a guided meditation on YouTube. You just know that meditation could help you. It might ease that anxious swirl in the pit of your stomach, sharpen your focus during crunch time at work, […]

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Meditation isn’t always relaxing, new study finds

  By Sarah Berry for The Sydney Morning Herald Meditation is many things, but it is not always relaxing. It restores clarity, relieves stress, changes our brains for the better, encourages creativity and calms our nervous system. But a new study has found that we experience elevated heart rates during certain types of meditation. Participants in […]

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Coping with Intense Emotions in Meditation

 (This is an excerpt from Michael’s book The Mindful Geek.) In the movie Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty, played by Rutger Hauer, has a problem. As a genetically-enhanced human-like Nexus 6 organism, he’s been given a brilliant mind and a super-human body by the Tyrell Corporation who created him. He is used to do […]

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