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Video: Train Your Mind / Mindfulness Practice

Video: Train Your Mind / Mindfulness Practice

Train Your Mind / Mindfulness Practice

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Improve Health and Well-Being with the Mind

Many of us living with chronic health challenges have become interested in learning how conscious intention and mindfulness may be able to improve health and well-being. Frustration, sadness, fear and dread are just some of the feelings to which we can all too easily succumb if we don’t actively and consciously train our minds to […]

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The Mind and Cancer

What causes cancer? Cancer has many causes. In most people, it is the result of a complex interaction between many factors. For many people, cancer is the result of having contracted certain viruses decades before the cancer diagnosis. For even more people, cancer is the result of exposure to environmental toxins; just living in the […]

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Self-Acceptance Practice

Ralph Waldo Emerson once complained to his physician that he felt depressed. His physician recommended a long sea voyage. Emerson later wrote this in his diary: “It didn’t work; when I got off the ship in Naples, the first person I met was myself!” According to psychooncologist Lawrence LeShan, sometimes it’s important to change our […]

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The Practice of Living Mindfully

  Can’t Meditate? The practice of mindfulness is available to everyone. And as the definitions and descriptions in my April 20th post show, mindfulness is not complicated. Still, it isn’t easy to do, for three reasons: 1. It requires strong intentionality and clarity of purpose. 2. It requires enormous self-discipline on a daily basis. 3. […]

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What is mindfulness?

Wearing a 128-channel geodesic sensor net, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard sits in a soundproof room and talks with Dr. Richard J. Davidson. Why Is Mindfulness A Valuable Practice? One of the great values of mindfulness practice is that it helps us become aware of habitual and problematic behavior. Once we become aware of our behavior, […]

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Experiential Avoidance: What We Resist Persists

Experiential avoidance is a term that originated in contextual behavioral science research. It refers to a common psychological pattern to which we are all susceptible: the attempt to avoid unpleasant thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, and emotions. Experiential avoidance prevents us from being accepting of and present to our natural inner impulses, and this is problematic […]

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Practicing in the Eye of the Hurricane: Part Two

Ordinarily, when we are fully engaged in the activity at hand, fully aware in the peaceful eye of the present moment, we are unflappable when things go wrong and we can actually thrive when they do. We accomplish this by training ourselves to develop and practice mindfulness of present-moment thoughts, images, emotions, and sensations and […]

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Practicing in the Eye of the Hurricane: Part One

Growing up in New England, I was always fascinated by the eye of a hurricane—the peaceful realm at the center of a rampaging storm. When a hurricane blew up in our area, its destructive winds and heavy rain battered us. But then there was a period of absolute calm and quiet before the violent weather […]

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Meditation Reduces Age-related Cognitive Decline

Brain research Brain researcher Sara Lazar has demonstrated that a serious meditation practice protects against the cortical thinning that normally occurs in old age. This is believed to result in higher cognitive functioning in an age group that has traditionally been seen to have diminished cognitive functioning. This study demonstrated that one small region of the prefrontal […]

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