From PsyBlog, Feeling Anxious? 5 Scientifically Proven Relaxation Techniques. The list: 1. Progressive relaxation 2. Applied relaxation 3. Autogenic training 4. Meditation 5. Cognitive behavioral therapy Details on the site.
How Meditation May Change the Brain (NYT): M.R.I. brain scans taken before and after the participants’ meditation regimen found increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory. The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress. A control group that […]
Brain Structure Changes After Meditation (PsychCentral) “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” said Sara Lazar, Ph.D., the study’s senior author. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may […]
Portrait of a holistic psychiatrist in Minnesota. Dr. Henry Emmons…doesn’t really like talking about depression and anxiety; he prefers to talk about how to bring joy and calm into people’s lives.
A study reports meditation helps cells. Emerging research suggests the positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with changes at the most basic unit of life. University of California researchers are the first to determine the positive well-being garnered from meditation is linked to improved cell health.
USA Today: Meditation reduces depression, fatigue, anxiety in MS patients Those in the meditation program, in fact, improved in almost all the measures of fatigue, depression, anxiety and quality of life, while those who received usual medical care declined slightly on most of the measures. For instance, those who took mindfulness training saw their depressive symptoms […]
Here’s a great collection of guided mindfulness meditation mp3s from UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. More than a little interested in mindfulness practice? Mindfulness author Jon Kabat-Zinn is coming to UCLA on October 6th.
A guided meditation with Bridget Woods Kramer:
“Simple Relaxation – A Guided Meditation,” from QuietMindCafe.com: