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The benefits of meditation

The benefits of meditation
Studies have shown that meditating regularly can help relieve symptoms in people who suffer from chronic pain, but the neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Now, MIT and Harvard researchers have found a possible explanation for this phenomenon. In a study published online April 21 in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, the researchers found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms. “These activity patterns are thought to minimize distractions, to diminish the likelihood stimuli will grab your attention,” says Christopher Moore, an MIT neuroscientist and senior author of the paper. “Our data indicate that meditation training makes you better at focusing, in part by allowing you to better regulate how things that arise will impact you.” A 1966 study showed that a group of Buddhist monks who meditated regularly had elevated alpha rhythms across their brains. Related:  Neuroscience & the Benefits of Meditation

How to Meditate - Guided Meditation Techniques - Buddhist Meditations Mindfulness gives you time to make choices Blog » Blog Archive » 23 Surprisingly Effective Treatments for Depression (One Year Later) For the live-updated, interactive version of this infographic, click here. A year ago, we published one of our most popular findings – 6 surprisingly effective treatments for depression. I went ahead and repeated the analysis today, and now we have 23 treatments in the “surprisingly effective” category for depression. This chart is based on 4,956 people with depression who participated in CureTogether surveys, compared to 944 people last year. The top treatments are still exercise, sleep, and talking to others – they are popular and effective ways to feel better when you’re depressed. But here are 23 things you may not have tried that thousands of others say worked well for them: 1. Another new thing on this chart: alcohol was added as a treatment, and was rated to make depression worse instead of better. To navigate the graph above: Where did this data come from? This is part of our regular series of research findings.

BRAINMETA.COM - NEUROSCIENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS, BRAIN, MIND, MIND-BRAIN, NEUROINFORMATICS, BRAIN MAPS, BRAIN ATLASES New neurons help us to remember fear Fear burns memories into our brain, and new research by University of California, Berkeley, neuroscientists explains how. Scientists have long known that fear and other highly emotional experiences lead to incredibly strong memories. In a study appearing online today (Tuesday, June 14) in advance of publication in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, UC Berkeley’s Daniela Kaufer and colleagues report a new way for emotions to affect memory: The brain’s emotional center, the amygdala, induces the hippocampus, a relay hub for memory, to generate new neurons. The figure shows newly born nerve cells (green) colocalizing with a neuronal marker which indicates immature nerve cells (red). In a fearful situation, these newborn neurons get activated by the amygdala and may provide a “blank slate” on which the new fearful memory can be strongly imprinted, she said. “Many affective disorders involve disordered emotional memories like PTSD, depression and anxiety. For more information:

The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Habits – A Guided Tour | zen habits By Leo Babauta I know a lot of people who fall into a slump, losing the habit of exercise, procrastinating with work, slipping into a bad diet, and generally not feeling motivated. It’s hard to get out of a slump like that. It’s hard to get going again, to get started when all the forces of inertia are against you. Here’s how to get started, in just a few easy steps. Pick one thing. With every single step, you’ll feel better. Just announced: Dealing with Your Struggles video course. 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health… 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success! I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. 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? 8 — Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and — by yours truly — here) 9 — Makes you more compassionate (see here and here and here) 10 — Makes you feel less lonely (see here) It Boosts Your Self-Control 12 — Improves your ability to introspect (see here & for why this is crucial see this post)

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