background preloader

Meditation

Facebook Twitter

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind. By Leo Babauta The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation.

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

Hands down, bar none. Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. I’m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way. Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. So … I highly recommend this habit. How to Deal with Distractions While Meditating. Meditation is a skill like learning to ride a bike or drive a car.

How to Deal with Distractions While Meditating

It takes time, effort, and making mistakes before you feel you’ve mastered the skill. A Novel Mechanism Regulating Stress is Identified. Neuroscience researchers from Tufts identify potential target for drug therapy for wide range of disorders associated with stress Neuroscience researchers from Tufts have demonstrated, for the first time, that the physiological response to stress depends on neurosteroids acting on specific receptors in the brain, and they have been able to block that response in mice.

A Novel Mechanism Regulating Stress is Identified

This breakthrough suggests that these critical receptors may be drug therapy targets for control of the stress-response pathway. This finding may pave the way for new approaches to manage a wide range of neurological disorders involving stress. The stress-control pathway, more technically known as the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis, determines the levels of cortisol and other stress hormones in the human body. 40 Quotes that Will Quiet Your Mind. Post written by: Angel Chernoff Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.

40 Quotes that Will Quiet Your Mind

Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. You know how you always turn down the volume on the radio when you need to think clearly about something complicated or confusing? Modern Meditator - Register. Study Determines This Is the Most Relaxing Song Ever. Looking for something to help you relax before bed that doesn't involve popping a pill?

Study Determines This Is the Most Relaxing Song Ever

You might want to load up your iPod with a song by Manchester band Marconi Union. Sound therapists were able to rate ten of the most relaxing songs, with Marconi Union's 8 minute trance-inducing tune, "Weightless", coming out on top thanks to its continuous rhythm of 60 BPM, an ideal tempo for synchronization with the heart and brainwaves, making it an ideal audio accompaniment for a good night's rest.

Listen to it after the jump… Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy notes: "While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat. Bone Breathing: Making Your Breath Reach the Bones. “Remember to breathe.

Bone Breathing: Making Your Breath Reach the Bones

It is, after all, the secret of life.” ~ Gregory Maguire Prana or life force is the vital energy that keeps the body alive, and channeling that energy to the different organs in our body is equally important to maintain a state of good health. Our bones are living organs too that provide structure for our body, protect all our important organs and help us nourish our entire body by producing red and white blood cells. An ancient Taoist practice that uses this life force to restore health and give strength to the bones, is ‘Bone Breathing’. Meditation as a Self-Healing Tool. By Lissa Rankin MD Guest Writer for Wake Up World The body is equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that can be flipped on or off with thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that originate in the mind.

Meditation as a Self-Healing Tool

This is great news, because it means, in essence, that you can heal yourself. Mindfulness meditation trumps placebo in pain reduction. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found new evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than placebo.

Mindfulness meditation trumps placebo in pain reduction

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 mindfulness meditation reported greater pain relief than placebo. Significantly, brain scans showed that mindfulness meditation produced very different patterns of activity than those produced by placebo to reduce pain. "We were completely surprised by the findings," said Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist and lead investigator of the study. The study used a two-pronged approach -- pain ratings and brain imaging -- to determine whether mindfulness meditation is merely a placebo effect. The Two Most Important Things We Can All Do To Protect Our Brain Health. When I was in medical school in the 1960s, the prevailing belief was that once we reached physical maturity, our brains ceased to make new brain tissue.

The Two Most Important Things We Can All Do To Protect Our Brain Health

Therefore, all of the conditions associated with aging gradually depleted the neurons in our brains, causing them to atrophy until we eventually succumbed to dementia … Depressing, right? Fortunately, we were wrong. We’ve since learned that our brains are not the static organs we once thought they were. They are actually dynamic and have the incredible potential for growing, rewiring, and healing. Neurogenesis, or the ability to make new neurons, and neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to reorganize and build new neural pathways, continue well into old age, which means that we are, in fact, "architects" of our own brains.

Evidence Mounts That Mindfulness Breeds Resilience. The benefits of mindfulness are both well-established and wide-ranging.

Evidence Mounts That Mindfulness Breeds Resilience

Studies on subjects ranging from college students to Marines have found the practice reduces stress and leads to higher levels of well-being. Our Mindful Mondays series provides ongoing coverage of the exploding field of mindfulness research. Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks. Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University. The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter.

“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,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. How to Beat the Boredom in Meditation. Our results-driven society can make it difficult to slow down, let alone stop and sit in silence. At times, launching a successful business and raising a family can seem easier than sitting in quietude for 20 to 30 minutes a day. The idea alone is enough to make some people squirm. Meditation is a way of steeping ourselves in "beingness"—which is who we are at the core of our foundation. Yoga Is Better Than Caffeine: 5 Yoga Exercises for Energy.

Caffeine might be your favorite way to start the day, but too much can lead to sleepless nights, anxiety, anger, and a case of the jitters. One of my mantras is “no coffee no prana!” However, I have to limit my intake of caffeine because my dominant dosha is Vata. Through yoga and meditation, I’ve become more aware of my body’s reaction to caffeine. I can still enjoy my morning Americano, but I can’t have more than that. When I need an energy boost without the negative side effects, I turn to specific pranayama and asanas. 8 Quick Ways To Improve Your Attention Span. If your mind tends to wander, you’re not alone. Turns out, human brains are in the moment for just over half of our waking hours—a sad 53%—according to a study from Harvard University. The other 47% of the time we’re zoned out, thinking of something else.

Tibetan Singing Bowls. Buteyko Breathing Method Helps Reverse Health Problems. By Dr. Why Savasana Is the Hardest Yoga Pose. Vacuuming the Lungs. Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of ‘Fight or Flight’ 6 scientifically proven ways to have a better day. Mindful Walking Practice: How to Get Started. After a long day sitting in an office, seated meditation might seem unappealing.

On days when you want to get out into nature, try walking meditation instead. Walking meditation, also known as mindful walking, is an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting down with your eyes closed. The practice brings you closer to nature and your body. 3 Techniques to Help You Embrace Change. Release Toxins With Kapalabhati Breath. Unlocking the brain's secrets using sound. The brain is a reclusive organ. Neurons -- the cells that make up the brain, nerves, and spinal cord -- communicate with each other using electrical pulses known as action potentials, but their interactions are complicated and hard to understand. Just getting access to the brain itself is difficult: inserting devices through the skull into the brain requires surgery. 9 Reasons to Try Mindful Walking. Regular meditation is the foundation for mind-body wellness and a consciousness-based approach to life.

The daily practice can improve quality of sleep and relationship skills, enhance concentration, reduce stress, and provide a deeper connection to spirit. However, daily meditation doesn’t have to mean sitting passively. Walking meditation, also known as mindful walking, is an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting down with your eyes closed. The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation. The following text is based upon a talk given by Mr. Release Toxins With Kapalabhati Breath. How and Why to Perform Bhastrika Breath. Meditations for Vatas: 5 Healing Techniques for the Wandering Mind. Meta-Meditation: A Skeptic Meditates on Meditation - Cross-Check - Scientific American Blog Network.

The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds. 7 Discipline-Mastering Practices. The Stoic: 9 Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos. Activating Your Pineal Gland. Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. Zentangle. Nijikokun/the-zen-approach. Tibetan Yoga meditation methods revealed - General Discussion. Guided Meditation Audio - Listen for free. Mindfulness and Meditation. Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy. How Meditation Changes Your Brain Frequency. Zen Guide: The Comprehensive Guide to Zen & Buddhism - Principles, Discussion, Practice, Community and Resources including RSS feeds. - ZENGUIDE.COM.

Zentangle: Pattern-Drawing as Meditation. 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating. LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit. A Novel Mechanism Regulating Stress is Identified. This Moment. Breathing. Ancient Hand Gesture (Mudra) for Receiving Intuitive Guidance.

True Health: How to Tap Into the Healing Abilities of Your Chakras. Pineal Gland. Reflect. Zentangle: Pattern-Drawing as Meditation. Best Advice: Balance Work & Life Via the Brain. This Moment. Yoga Motivation, Gratitude & Inspirat… Mindfulness/meditation. Health Tips : Benefits of Meditation. Nsciousness-The Three States. Advanced Meditation Guide. The Process of Meditation - How to Meditate. 9 Ways To Meditate Anywhere And Anytime You Want. 8 Basic Kinds of Meditation. Meditation. Activating Your Pineal Gland. Look Into Your Mind. How to Meditate: 10 Important Tips. A Layman’s Guide to Mindful Meditation. Men's Health - Yoga - Get Started Guide.

Zen Guide: The Comprehensive Guide to Zen & Buddhism - Principles, Discussion, Practice, Community and Resources including RSS feeds. - ZENGUIDE.COM. Learn massage therapy online with free video, text, and graphics help. Mantak Chia - Healing Love Through the Tao - Cultivating Female Sex... Mantak Chia - Sexual Reflexology. GeneticRejuvenation : Message: AMBROSIA OF MANTAK CHIA. THE DOCTRINE OF THE ELIXIR - R. B. Jefferson.