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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 circle below to listen to the interview. Here is part of David’s intro to the interview: In a way, you can simply will yourself into a new physical form – that …

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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 on. There is a deep …

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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. A crash course in mindfulness of emotions.   Although emotional sensations can arise anywhere in the body, they are much more likely to arise in the …

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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 if you begin each session …

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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 that study participants who practiced …

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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 and fly away to heaven. …

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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 a hot, healthy, and mindful …

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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 meditation without having to drink …

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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 mindfulness meditation session were less …

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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, or maybe (fingers crossed) improve …

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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 the study were asked …

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Coping with Intense Emotions in Meditation

Using Mindfulness to Work with Big Emotions  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 dangerous and difficult work in space and off-world colonies. …