Meditation: The Power of Daily Practice

by Dan Gould Looking after our minds should be as natural as brushing our teeth. The recently launched Action for Happiness movement suggests daily habits – doing good to others, taking exercise and nurturing relationships – can improve our mental health, just as five-a-day fruit and veg portions improve our physical health. The psychiatrist Dr Norman Rosenthal, best known for …

Meditation Teaches Us about Productivity

by Chris Edgar Most productivity writing is about tips for organizing our workspace — creative ways to arrange our e-mail inbox, write to-do lists, color-code folders, and so on.  These techniques can be useful, but they don’t deal with one of the biggest obstacles to getting our work done:  our own minds. As I’ll bet you’ve experienced, if your attention …

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Concentration: An Iterative Approach to Focusing the Mind

by Michael W. Taft Concentration is the eternal secret of every mortal achievement – Stefan Zweig There is an ancient story from India that tells of five young princes who were practicing archery in the woods with their teacher, named Drona. One day Drona decided to test the boys by having them shoot birds—an extremely difficult thing to do with …

Meditate to Live Longer

 by Miriam Stoppard, Daily Mirror 19/05/2011 The benefits of meditation are many, as anyone who meditates knows, but claiming it can help you live longer seems a trifle OTT. However, a good study from a meditation centre in Colorado, US, suggests that the practice can actually add years to your life. Reported effects of meditation include lowering blood pressure, …

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Multitasking Fail

by Michael W. Taft You’re working on a paper, and the kids need dinner. Music is playing in one room, and the tv is on in the other. You don’t want to miss tonight’s episode of Futurama, so you peek at that while you type in your notes, getting up every once in a while to stir the pasta. Maybe …

Meditation to Support Cancer Treatment

How Meditation Can Support Cancer Treatment by Joseph Nowinski My two previous blogs in this series have focused on several different treatments that are used as adjuncts or complements to contemporary medical treatments for cancer (chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy). While some people advocate for these treatments as alternatives to such medical treatment for cancer, to this point I have …

Meditation Benefits Explained

MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice helps tune out distractions and relieve pain. Studies have shown that meditating regularly can help relieve symptoms in people who suffer from chronic pain, but the neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Now, MIT and Harvard researchers have found a possible explanation for this phenomenon. In a study published online April …

Zen Meditation Helps Lawyers De-stress

by Amanda Enayati “Does scratching my eyes out count as a stress reliever?” asks Pamela, an attorney with whom I am discussing ways in which lawyers attempt to alleviate anxiety. “Well, no,” I say. “It’s quite the opposite, really.” “That’s all I know,” shrugs Pamela, done with the topic. “And don’t use my last name cause of, you know, the …

Meditation Helps Women with IBS

Article by Deborah Ross This Article Improved My Health Changed My Life Saved My Life Relax and let yourself focus on this for just a moment: mindful meditation might ease the pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It’s no surprise that for a long time medical practitioners and others have suggested meditation for IBS — particularly because of the …

Meditation, Yoga Prescribed More by Doctors

Mind-body therapies such as yoga, meditation and deep-breathing exercises appear to be gaining more acceptance in mainstream medicine, according to a new study. Mind-body therapy is used by more than one-third of Americans, and that number is rising, the researchers noted. They found that one in 30 Americans using some type of mind-body therapy was referred to the treatment by …