All posts tagged mindfulness

Learning Mindfulness

From the NYT, In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds: “Take yourself out of autopilot,” she said. And eventually expand that “being in the moment” to other parts of your life. The idea is that over time you’ll feel more focused and more connected to yourself and others. It sounds simple, but […]

Meditation Brain

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 […]

Mindfulness Practice

Can mindfulness transform feelings? — a how-to from Psych Central.  First three steps: Sit quietly and bring your attention towards your feelings.  Notice the emotion that you’re stuck in and name it.  For example, you might say to yourself I’m feeling angry or enraged or afraid. Don’t try to push your emotion away.  Welcome your emotion.  […]

Study: Meditation Changes Brain

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 […]

Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness therapy is here to stay, reports the L.A. Times. Mindfulness therapy encourages patients to focus on their breathing and their body, to notice but not judge their thoughts and to generally live in the moment. It may sound a bit squishy and New Agey to some, but Hofmann and other experts say mindfulness has […]

Anxiety Tips

Techniques can ease fear, anxiety (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune) A technique called “mindfulness” also helps reduce anxiety and is all about keeping our minds in the present moment. Sometimes, we spend so much time thinking about the past or worrying about the future that the present day goes by without our mind spending any time in […]

Track Your Happiness

The NYT looks at the results of an app-based study:  When the Mind Wanders, Happiness Also Strays. A quick experiment. Before proceeding to the next paragraph, let your mind wander wherever it wants to go. Close your eyes for a few seconds, starting … now. And now, welcome back for the hypothesis of our experiment: […]

Stress Less, Live More

Book of the day:  Stress Less, Live More by Richard Blonna.  The book explores how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help reduce stress by getting you focused away from your anxiety and on your life as you want to live it.  Bullet pointed highlights: Learn to mindfully accept what can’t be changed Find peace and […]

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

At PsychCentral, an interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn about mindfulness, MBSR, and his coming talk at UCLA, Wednesday, Oct. 6. Elisha: What does a daily mindfulness practice for someone as busy as you, look like? Jon: (Laughing) Well, what it looks like is my life. Because, basically what it all boils down to is, as I find […]

5 Steps to Stresslessness

From msnbc:  Anxious? 5 ways you can be stress-free.  Here’s one: Take short mindfulness breaks “Even I get too busy to meditate,” says Jha. “Then I remember the Marines in the study calling my colleague while they were deployed to ask for mindfulness pointers, and I think, If they can do it in a war […]