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All things calm in the center of what it means to be a human being, embracing the moments of our lives with joy, fullness, and hope.  www.calm.amyfullerphd.com
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How a Surprising Gift Changed the Meaning of Christmas

How a Surprising Gift Changed the Meaning of Christmas | CALM | Scoop.it
Although she did not mention anything to me about it, she was quite purposeful in choosing this very special gift. While her 10-year-old brother and I were busy gathering the decorations, she was p...
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Free meditations from Mindfulness | Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Free meditations from Mindfulness | Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World | CALM | Scoop.it

All of the meditations on this page are taken from our book ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. The book contains the complete 8 week mindfulness course developed at Oxford University. 

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Free meditations to listen to from Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:40 PM

Great self-care practices! Practical ways to destress and slow down a little bit as the year speeds up. 

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Strengthen the Connection Between Your Brain and Heart

Strengthen the Connection Between Your Brain and Heart | CALM | Scoop.it
Your brain and heart have the ability to communicate with each other and they always do to a certain extent. This connection can be strengthened and developed
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I like theses instructions for increasing the connection between head and heart:


Quick Coherence® Technique:

  • Heart Focus: Shift your attention to the area of the heart and breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Heart Breathing: Keep your focus in the heart by gently breathing – five seconds in and five seconds out – through your heart. Do this two or three times.
  • Heart Feeling: Activate and sustain a genuine feeling of appreciation or care for someone or something in your life. Focus on the good heart feeling as you continue to breathe through the area of your heart.


- See more at: http://www.thehealersjournal.com/2013/06/15/heart-and-brain-connection-intuitive-strengthen/#sthash.LeJfHMz8.dpuf

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:22 PM

Human beings are a whole. The heart and the brain work together along with the body to make us who we are.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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This is a slideshow that defines the basics of mindfulness with an emphasis on suffering/stress. Easy to follow and great introduction to what mindfulness is. 

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The Mindfulness Practice of "Stopping & Dropping" - Stress Manual by the mindful coach

The Mindfulness Practice of "Stopping & Dropping" - Stress Manual by the mindful coach | CALM | Scoop.it

The Mindfulness Practice of "STOPPING & DROPPING"   The 3 Goals of Stress Reduction Meditation are to:

  • Release daily stress.
  • Restore the emotions.
  • Reduce future stress.

PRACTICE: We practice the development of intention and attention. The 3 practices are:

  • “Stopping & Dropping” (to release daily stress)
  • “Opening & Smiling” (to restore the emotions)
  • “Inquiring to Understand” (to reduce future stress)

Via Fuller Life Family Therapy
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easy to understand basic practice of mindfulness...

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, September 5, 2013 12:17 AM

The Mindful Coach offers tools for mindfulness stress reduction, grounding with stoping and droping. 

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Whole Life Unschooling: It’s For More Than Just Kids | The Organic Sister

Whole Life Unschooling: It’s For More Than Just Kids | The Organic Sister | CALM | Scoop.it
Zeb: always running ahead for what he loves. Justin: We watched him watch this giraffe for a full 20 minutes. Me: They waited for me while I read every
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How to unlearn what we mis-learn

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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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7 Reasons You Should Meditate

7 Reasons You Should Meditate | CALM | Scoop.it

Sitting in total silence, palms facing upward and eyes closed, mouthing the traditional "Ommmmm" sounds, would seem a practice for monks and other ascetic humans. Turns out, various types of mindful meditation (no Tibetan temple needed) can fit perfectly into the lives of a 9-to-5 business man or woman. And plenty of science suggests the benefits can be great. Here are seven enlightening benefits from Mind Games.

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Better sex, better problem-solving, the list goes on ...

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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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My two selves went walking

My two selves went walking | CALM | Scoop.it

My two selves went walking through the woods of Glad Mountain. 

The first Me took my iPhone, complete with the RunKeeper app to track my progress. My stride was purposeful and measured. My goal: to walk the 1.9 mile loop of descents and inclines at a brisk enough pace to strengthen muscles, burn calories, and build bone mass.

Later, the other Me took a walk. I took my iPhone, but this time the app was set on Instagram. My stride was easy and relaxed. My goal: to walk the 1.9 mile loop and drink in the beauty of God’s creative genius.

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An illustraion of intentionality and life balance. 

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Meditation for Beginners | The Mindfulness Meditation Institute

Meditation for Beginners | The Mindfulness Meditation Institute | CALM | Scoop.it
Meditation for beginners is often quite confusing. This article takes the mystery out of meditation for beginners through clear and simple guidelines.
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The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

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The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

8 habits that stimulate your vagus nerve and keep you calm, cool, and collected.

When was the last time that you had to perform gracefully in a high-pressure situation? How did you handle it? Did you choke or did you have grace under pressure? Researchers continue to confirm that daily habits of mindset and behavior can create a positive snowball effect through a feedback loop linked to stimulating your vagus nerve.

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This is an excellent explaination of how calm looks and is created in the body. The author describes in plain language how the vagus nerve creates calm and provides practices which are not exacty what you would expect, but definelty worthy of reading! 

Quote: As with any mind-body feedback loop, messages also travel "downstream" from your conscious mind through the vagus nerve signaling your organs to create an inner-calm so you can “rest-and-digest” during times of safety or to prepare your body for “fight-or-flight” in dangerous situations.

The neurobiology of grace under pressure

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | CALM | Scoop.it
Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:46 AM

Greenberg provides basic concepts of mindfulness. A mindfulness practice fosters a deeper connection to self and grounds your very being in the present moment. In the Christian tradition centering prayer opens oneself to the presence of God within and deeply into the experience of the sacrament of the present moment. Learning to say 'Yes!' is an invitation to living beyond words, emotions, and thoughts and leading from within. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:42 PM

No need to add.. Read Annette Schmeling's insight. For those that have read Melanie's blog post, it is a good reminder and also a good piece to share with others inquiring about Mindfulness.


Thomas Aquinas said when asked how do you explain the world. Explain the world in terms of God.  The follow on question flowed quite naturally: How do  you explain God.  He said: You explain God in terms of complete and absolute Mystery.


Lee Thayer's next book in process is on Mental Hygiene. All that we address and talk about are human explanations and interpretations. What we speak of as reality is something that we will never know as it is always seen through the eyes of the beholder.


We say: I learn from my experience. What we mean is: I learn from my interpretations of my experience. I realize I may have the same  near death experience as you and our interpretations of that experience may be polar opposite.

Peter L Wiltshire's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:23 AM

Mindfulness is a way of being present to yourself and the present moment. It is also a process of becoming your true self.

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