Research Reveals How Mindfulness Reduces Pain

Research has shown that mindfulness is effective at reducing pain, but the lingering question has been how does mindfulness practice achieve this? A new study from collaborators at Giessen University in Germany, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Massachusetts General Hospital sheds light on this process. During the practice of mindfulness, experienced meditators experienced the pain as significantly less unpleasant. In …

Multitasking Makes Us Poor Listeners

by Lindsay Stärke Have you ever been so deep in a task or activity that you completely couldn’t hear somebody else talking to you? If so, you’re not alone. Scientists call this occurrence “inattentional deafness,” where people are so involved in a visual task that they involuntarily mute all sounds that might interfere with concentration. Though its sister phenomenon inattentional blindness has …

Dying with Dad, Part 4

by Jessica Graham In self-help books, recovery programs, and spiritual communities there is a lot of talk about “letting go.” We are all urged to let go. But what does letting go really mean? The experience of being with my father’s dying forced me to cope with this question, and my meditation practice helped me enormously. Letting go means being …

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Freshness

by Michael W. Taft   I remember how painful boredom used to feel as a teenager. It was crushing. New television shows, movies, and music just felt like rehashes of old ones. New people reminded me of people who I already knew. Life felt like an endless rerun of the same stale old patterns, and nothing was interesting or new. …

Mindfulness Helps Breast Cancer Recovery

Story Source COLUMBIA, Mo. –Women recently diagnosed with breast cancer have higher survival rates than those diagnosed in previous decades, according to the American Cancer Society. However, survivors continue to face health challenges after their treatments end. Previous research reports as many as 50 percent of breast cancer survivors are depressed. Now, University of Missouri researchers in the Sinclair School of …

Meditation and Pain Reduction Link Found

Meditating over the years, I have experienced the pain reduction effects of meditation personally. This applies to the discomfort of illness, the soreness or sharp pains of injury, or  even extremely chronic pain. Shinzen Young’s techniques, in particular, have been designed with pain reduction specifically in mind. But no matter how many experiences and stories of pain relief we as …

Nondualism: The History of an Idea

In November, I spoke about the history of non-dualism at the Science and Non-duality Conference, in San Rafael. I decided to give this talk because although a lot of people talk about nondualism, Advaita, and related concepts, I find that very rarely are they aware of the historical background and development of nondualism as a concept. This video moves through …

Eating Mindfully

When I quit drinking,  I acquired a sweet tooth. For the first time in my life I started eating until I was painfully full. I very unconsciously tore though whole pizzas and third helpings of ice cream. Clearly I was coping with the loss of alcohol by overeating, and for a while that was okay. It was better than a …

Your Brain on Bliss

Sex in the brain, and what it reveals about the neuroscience of deep pleasure By Nadia Web on Scientific American In studies that observe the brain in action, the right hemisphere seems to be the sexy hemisphere. It lights up during orgasm—so much so that, in one study, much of the cortex went dark, leaving the right prefrontal cortex as …

War and Peace

Veterans learn to use yoga and meditation exercises to reconnect with their emotions in a UW-Madison study By Jeanne Kolker from madison.com Rich Low of Madison served as an infantry officer in the Army in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, leading some 280 combat missions. When he came back from the service, he didn’t think his experience affected him in any …