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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain. Buddhist and meditation teacher Tara Brach leads a Vipassana meditation group at the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda. (Andrea Bruce Woodall/The Washington Post) Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain. She explains: Q: Why did you start looking at meditation and mindfulness and the brain? Lazar: A friend and I were training for the Boston marathon. The yoga teacher made all sorts of claims, that yoga would increase your compassion and open your heart.

I thought, maybe it was just the placebo response. At that point, I was doing my PhD in molecular biology. Q: How did you do the research? Lazar: The first study looked at long term meditators vs a control group. Q: What did you find? 1. 2. 3. 4. Q: So, 40 minutes a day? Welcome to Forbes. Duncan Davis sur Twitter : "Good morning everyone on this beautiful start to the day! *NEWS* *NEWS* *NEWS* Introduction to Meditation &... What is Meditation / Mindfulness Good for? 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success! - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. I started meditating soon after 9/11.

I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation.

I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. It Boosts Your HEALTH 1 – Increases immune function (See here and here) 2 – Decreases Pain (see here) 3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here and here and here) It Boosts Your HAPPINESS 4 – Increases Positive Emotion (here and here) 5 – Decreases Depression (see here) 6 – Decreases Anxiety (see here and here and here) 7 – Decreases Stress (see here and here) It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE Think meditation is a solitary activity? 20. Garrison Institute sur Twitter : "How can #yoga and #meditation help you as a #caregiver? Find out at #caregiverTGI.

Sharon Salzberg, Ali Smith, Atman Smith and Andres Gonzalez: Health & Healing - Contemplative Care for Caregivers. Open to the public, especially teachers and anyone in helping professions or in a caregiving role Scholarship funds are available for this retreat. Learn more. Whether caregivers are within their family, among a network of friends or in a helping profession, many witness suffering almost everyday. They readily recognize the questions: “How does one cope with the pain of others day in and day out?”

In this retreat, we will use contemplative methods to help access the resiliency of the human spirit; to balance compassion for oneself and others; and to cultivate greater calm, clarity, and peace of mind. Whether caregivers are within their family, among a network of friends or in a helping profession, many witness suffering almost everyday. Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists. 4 February 2015Last updated at 08:36 ET The monk was found wrapped in traditional Buddhist robes A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him.

Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead. Forensic examinations are under way on the remains, found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia. Scientists have yet to determine how the monk is so well preserved, though some think Mongolia's cold weather could be the reason. But Dr Barry Kerzin, a physician to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times that the monk was in a rare state of meditation called "tukdam".

"If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha," Dr Kerzin said. The monk was discovered after being stolen by a man hoping to sell him on the black market. Worship for eternity The lama sat in the lotus position, began meditating and died. HuffPost Live. Beginners Meditation Course - Learn to meditate. The Beginners meditation course consists of five 1 hour lessons held weekly at Peace House, 19 Paradise Street, Oxford, OX1 1LD. Price: £60 for the entire course. Payment can be made on the day of your first session by cash or cheque. Next course begins: March 19th 2015, 7.30pm If you would like to book onto a course please contact Ben by email via the website.

Further course dates for 2015 available here The Beginners Meditation Course provides an introduction to the basic techniques, exercises and philosophies that underpin all the major schools of meditation in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Techniques covered include breath awareness, mantras, contemplation, visualisation, chakras and movement meditations. By the end of the course participants will possess the requisite knowledge and skills to set up their own regular meditation practice. Almost anyone from any age group can learn to meditate and Peace House has disabled access should it be required. Harvard Study Unveils What Meditation Literally Does To The Brain. Oxford Meditation Centre |