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Meditation Types – Choose Your Style of Meditation

Which Type of Meditation Should I Choose? Meditation has been around for thousands of years. Although no one knows exactly when it began, variations of the practice were recorded in India, China, and Japan around 1500 BCE. Today, there are dozens of different styles of meditation – so many that it can be hard to […]

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Thought Patterns That Keep Us From Meditating

3 Thoughts that Keep Us from Meditating Meditation is the practice of “cultivating” our minds to be aware of our experiences as they happen and to gain an understanding of how our minds function. There is a bit of a paradox involved in the effort, however. While practicing meditation can help us train our minds […]

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Mindfulness in School to Improve Concentration

Mindfulness for Students Can Improve Concentration and Regulate Emotions The waterfall of mindfulness training that’s pouring into sports, the military, mental health therapy and business has dipped down into younger generations. Mindfulness is in schools. Mindfulness meditation is the practice of quieting the mind to bring awareness and attention to the present moment. It’s increasingly being […]

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Benefits of Meditation: Brain Exercise

Can We Change Our Minds? No one doubts that we can improve our physical health by exercising regularly. We know that if we lift weights we will build muscles. We see them and feel them and know that change is occurring. Wouldn’t it be nice to know if mental health “exercises” were making tangible, physical […]

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Downsides of Mindfulness Meditation Without Guidance

Mindfulness Meditation: The Good, the Bad and the Dangerous Mental health professionals and people around the globe have increasingly been embracing the positive benefits of mindfulness and guided meditation for several decades. But like all good things, there can be a down side. So beginners to mindfulness, especially those who browse online meditations and experiment […]

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Anxiety and Synchronicity: Living in the Real World

The concept of synchronicity was initially posited by the psychoanalyst C. G. Jung as being an incident in our lives that reveals itself as a significant, or consequential, coincidence, which apparently has no causal relationship to one another yet seems to be, in fact, directly related. The psychic healer and medical intuitive, Caroline Myss, claims […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Calm Anxiety

A person who lives life in the midst of chronic anxiety often suffers many trials in the course of an average day. Getting stuck in a traffic jam or being on a train that’s delayed may push a person with anxiety to thoughts of, “I’m late. I might lose my job if I don’t get […]

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Compassion Meditation Trains the Brain to Improve Relationships

At first it may seem silly or naïve to believe that thinking good thoughts about other people will improve your relationship with them, whether it’s in marriage, friendship, with colleagues at work or even strangers. But brain science has found that it works. Psychologist Brent Atkinson, author of Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from […]

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Mindfulness in Mainstream Therapy Brings Possibilities Of Healing, Mediocrity and Warnings

A small, visionary project originated more than 35 years ago by Massachusetts Institute of Technology molecular biologist and student of Buddhist meditation Jon Kabat-Zinn has brought Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction into the mainstream of medicine and psychotherapy. The far-ranging expansion of programs and teachers of mindfulness has become something akin to a big box store – […]

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