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Mindfulness Meditation Helps with Difficult Emotions

by Crystal Goh Over the last decade, the scientific community has produced numerous studies looking at how mindfulness practice influences our minds, our bodies and our behavior. Today, we are beginning to understand some of the physical and mental underpinnings of how mindfulness can change our lives. Mindfulness is considered to be multifaceted within the […]

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Exercise Your Attention with Mindfulness

by Daron Larson Scientific research into mindfulness practice and its potential benefits has exploded in recent years. It has been shown to help people manage stress, decrease anxiety, and get better sleep. In addition to personal reports, technological advances have improved our ability to track the impact of meditation on the brain’s structure and functioning. […]

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Path of Freedom: Prison Mindfulness

by Hilary Hart In America, freedom is a core value, a north star in our collective compass. But this land of the free also has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.1 “More than 2.2 million people—one in every 107 adults—are in prison or jail,” says Fleet Maull, founder of the Prison Mindfulness Institute.2 “We […]

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How to Be Mindful While Surfing the Net

For many of us, the Internet represents the pinnacle of distraction. But it we don’t have to encounter it that way. This article from The Atlantic talks about simple ways to build effective mindfulness practice into the experience of surfing the Net. Every tiny action that you take in a day is an opportunity to […]

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Mindfulness Reduces Inflammation

A new study finds a link between mindfulness meditation and the reduction of a key biomarker of inflammation in the body. This reduction was not found in people who merely rested the same amount of time. From the article: “We’ve now seen that mindfulness meditation training can reduce inflammatory biomarkers in several initial studies, and […]

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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 minds are busy in the middle of the night when we’d rather be sleeping, it’s easy to convince ourselves that some personal flaw is to […]

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Anxious? Meditation Can Help

Scientists, like Buddhist monks and Zen masters, have known for years that meditation can reduce anxiety, but not how. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, however, have succeeded in identifying the brain functions involved. “Although we’ve known that meditation can reduce anxiety, we hadn’t identified the specific brain mechanisms involved in relieving anxiety in […]

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Can Virtual Reality Help Calm Anxiety?

I remember the first time I realized my anxiety had become a problem. I was with friends in a popular Glasgow bar watching Sunday afternoon soccer. It was quiet, and alongside our table stood three vacant chairs: two with sturdy wooden panels fixed to the space between the top of the backrest and the cushion, […]

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Meet Braxton Dudley

We at DY (i.e. Michael and Jessica) want to say, “Thank you!” to our student, friend, and hidden accomplice, Braxton Dudley. Braxton handles a lot of crucial behind-the-scenes functions that keep DY happening day after day. So, Thank you, Braxton! Braxton Dudley is a 24-year-old meditator, yoga practitioner, and student of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder […]

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The Nondual Roots of Indian Thought and Religion

by Michael W. Taft Nondualism was developed earliest, and was most thoroughly explored, in India. Yet the first Indian scriptures, the Vedas (roughly 1000 BCE) are completely dualistic in their outlook. These Ur-texts of human spirituality consist mainly of poems of praise to nature deities, magical spells, and ritual invocations. After the Vedas, however, we […]

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Nonduality Talk

Want a quick intro to the entire history of nondualism? Jerry Katz interviewed me about it here: ~ Michael W. Taft If this interests you, you might want to check out my book entitled, Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept. Here’s the track listing, which gives you a good idea of the material […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Mentors

                              Jessica Graham & Michael W. Taft — The Deconstructing Yourself team.   photo credit: a nice lady walking by the coffee shop      

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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 the philosophical and religious concept that all things are essentially one. It is called a philosophy of “identity” because it sees the entire universe, including […]

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