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8 Ways Meditation Benefits The Brain & Body

8 Ways Meditation Benefits The Brain & Body | CALM | Scoop.it
Meditation and mindfulness aren't just buzz words. A growing body of scientific research shows that the simple act of sitting still in thought confers long-term health benefits -- and even changes in brain function.

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Meditation can change your brain and your life!

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Caspian Grey's curator insight, February 1, 2014 4:10 AM

Meditation training may improve the ability to focus in a high-stress environment, according to recent research from the University of Washington.

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | CALM | Scoop.it
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.

 

Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.

 

Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggests that we can better cope with others’ negative emotions by strengthening our own compassion skills, which the researchers define as “feeling concern for another’s suffering and desiring to enhance that individual’s welfare.”

 

“Empathy is really important for understanding others’ emotions very deeply, but there is a downside of empathy when it comes to the suffering of others,” says Olga Klimecki, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and the lead author of the study. “When we share the suffering of others too much, our negative emotions increase. It carries the danger of an emotional burnout.”


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empathy works best when paired with compassion

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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:18 PM

Such an important topic and distinction. I've been teaching this to my Reiki students for years and years. I'm glad there's now research being done about it. We can help others without causing harm to ourselves! We can help and still remain functional.

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Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing

Google Tech Talks March 8, 2007

Jon Kabat-Zinn (né Kabat) (born June 5, 1944) is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


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excellent video on mindfulness with John Kabat-Zinn

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How To Turn Your Run Into A Meditation

How To Turn Your Run Into A Meditation | CALM | Scoop.it

By Headspace Running most certainly has its benefits: It's good for our hearts and our heads. Many have turned running into a daily habit. And while there's much to gain from performing the physical activity, there's a lot we're missing out on when we slip into a semi-conscious state when doing the exercise. It’s pretty normal for the mind to wander when you’re running, regardless of whether the thoughts are related to the running itself, or something quite separate. But the only way to ensure that you’re performing to the very best of your ability, is to leave the thinking behind and allow the body and mind to work together with a combined physical and mental focus. So here is a mindfulness exercise from the meditation experts at Headspace to use next time you go for your run.

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Excellent step by step guide to getting more out of the mind while moving the body...

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Relaxation_Exercises.pdf

This relaxation resource guide was produced at the Trauma Center, with the funding of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), under a

federal Anti-Terrorism Supplemental Grant (ATSG), to aid Victims of and Responders to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. It is not intended to

supplant professional support.

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Relaxation Exercises

Nice simple instructions for basic and proven relaxation tecniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, meditation on the breath, and guided imagery. Scooped by Amy Fuller PhD

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enjoy a moment of calm

enjoy a moment of calm | CALM | Scoop.it
a digital relaxation experience
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Calm.com offers beautiful live digital scenes which you can choose from and a 2 minute guided meditation to set your mind, body and soul at ease. It has a great app for your smart phone to do on the go. 

This 2 minute mediation could be a great resource in those moments when we become emotionally highjacked and so full of negative emotion that it feels like we can't even breathe. 

There is a great app for smartphones. 

May you be at ease and calm. Amy Fuller Phd

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:01 PM

It was good.

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:27 AM

LOVE this! What a great way to destress and do a little self-care!

Pat Slade's curator insight, July 14, 2013 8:14 AM

Relaxation exercise that is easily accessible.

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The Breath Prayer | Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

The Breath Prayer | Contemplative Outreach Ltd. | CALM | Scoop.it

The breath prayer is simply taking a prayer/scripture phrase and praying it in rhythm with our breathing. I remember taking a phrase from the writing of St. Anthony the Desert Father: "I walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living" As I walk, I breathe in "I walk in the Presences of the Lord", and breathing out, "in the land of the living". This practice is based on the wisdom that as the phrase becomes more part of me, it is erasing or purifying some of the recurring thoughts that happen as I am going about the business of life. It really helps us put on the mind of Christ by eliminating some of the other chatter that goes on in us as a constant commentary.

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A Jesuit priest explains what the breath prayer is and how to do it. 

...The breath prayer is simply taking a prayer/scripture phrase and praying it in rhythm with our breathing. 

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Anxious? Activate your anterior cingulate cortex with a little meditation

Anxious? Activate your anterior cingulate cortex with a little meditation | CALM | Scoop.it
Scientists, like Buddhist monks and Zen masters, have known for years that meditation can reduce anxiety, but not how. Scientists have now succeeded in identifying the brain functions involved.
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New research explains how meditation affects the brain to improve emotional regulation and decrease anxiety. 

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