A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way: How Mindfulness Changes the Structure of Your Brain. A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain. posted Feb 25, 2011 I consider myself something of a prospective meditator—meaning that a serious meditation practice is always something I’m about to start… next week.
So for years, I’ve been making a mental note of new studies showing that meditation can literally change our brain structure in ways that might boost concentration, memory, and positive emotions. The results seem enticing enough to make anyone drop into the full lotus position—until you read the fine print: Much of this research involves people who have meditated for thousands of hours over many years; some of it zeroes in on Olympic-level meditators who have clocked 10,000 hours or more.
Pretty daunting. Meditating for just 30 minutes a day for eight weeks can increase the density of gray matter in brain regions associated with memory, stress, and empathy. The upshot of all this research seems to be: Small steps matter. Mindfulness In Plain English. A PDF preview / excerpt from the 20th edition - Click Here Special Offer - 20% Off the latest edition / The 20th Anniversary Edition - eBook or paperback / See Below "Mindfulness in Plain English" has been on UrbanDharma.org a while now for free download, but the edition I posted years ago was the first edition and is now rather dated.
Over the last few months I have been in contact with the publisher at Wisdom Publications about M.I.P.E... I have come to understand any money that would have gone to Wisdom Publications (a non-profit publisher of Buddhist books) and the author Ven. Henepola Gunaratana to support his Buddhist Center the Bhavana Society, is forever lost. I think supporting both Wisdom Publications and Ven.
" Wisdom Publications and UrbanDharma.org have joined forces to offer a 20% discount code - UDMIP- on the New Edition of "Mindfulness in Plain English" which can be applied to both the 'paperback and eBook' version at check out, on the Wisdom Publications website... BEGINNER'S GUIDE ... © 1995 Dharman Craig PressonAll Rights Reserved “Zen is not what you think!”
-- anonymous Preface The purpose of this little book is to assure that all studentsunderstand the mechanics of Zen practice and the basic teachings ofBuddhism. The descriptions of practices have been generalized, andparticular schools have adopted variations. Part 1: Practice Sitting, Breathing, Walking Seated meditation (J. zazen, Ch. The Sitting Posture (asana) There are several good postures for zazen: four cross-legged, onekneeling, and one using a straight chair or camp stool, as illustrated[Add illustrations of full lotus, half-lotus, sukhasana, Burmese, seiza,and chair sitting].
Breathing One may be given specific instructions by a teacher regarding theproper focus of awareness during zazen. Do not force or control the breath in any way. Healthy Living, Nutrition, Fitness, Mind-Body, Eco-Living. Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life. “Simplicity is the peak of civilization.” – Jessie Sampter By Leo Babauta A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person.
For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value. However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. If you’re interested in simplifying your life, this is a great starter’s guide (if you’re not interested, move on). The Short List For the cynics who say that the list below is too long, there are really only two steps to simplifying: Identify what’s most important to you.Eliminate everything else. Of course, that’s not terribly useful unless you can see how to apply that to different areas of your life, so I present to you the Long List.
40 Best Sites for Home Remedies. As a nurse, sometimes it helps to have an idea of complementary medicine.
Sometimes, the remedies needed are actually those that you can find at home. Understanding that taking a pill isn’t always the preferred answer is part of being a good health care provider. If you are interested a career as a nurse, it can help to know about other options for health care and healing. Here are 40 great sites for home remedies: General Information on Home Remedies From duct tape for warts, to all natural cures, these general web sites offer interesting insights into the items you have around the house — and how they can be used to improve your health. My Home Remedies: Get great idea about remedying different discomforts at home. Natural Home Remedies If you are more interested in natural home remedies, including insights into naturopathy, TCM and homeopathy, these web sites can provide you with information on going natural in your healing.