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2010-07-21 11:54:10

Different practices often produce different results As doctors increasingly prescribe meditation to patients for stress-related disorders, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how different techniques from Buddhist, Chinese, and Vedic traditions produce different results. A new paper published in Consciousness and Cognition discusses three categories to organize and better understand meditation:    1. Focused attention"”concentrating on an object or...

2010-07-15 03:00:28

It's nearly impossible to pay attention to one thing for a long time. A new study looks at whether Buddhist meditation can improve a person's ability to be attentive and finds that meditation training helps people do better at focusing for a long time on a task that requires them to distinguish small differences between things they see. The research was inspired by work on Buddhist monks, who spend years training in meditation. "You wonder if the mental skills, the calmness, the peace that...

2010-04-15 08:19:08

Some of us need regular amounts of coffee or other chemical enhancers to make us cognitively sharper. A newly published study suggests perhaps a brief bit of meditation would prepare us just as well. While past research using neuroimaging technology has shown that meditation techniques can promote significant changes in brain areas associated with concentration, it has always been assumed that extensive training was required to achieve this effect. Though many people would like to boost their...

2010-04-07 14:23:20

Virginia Tech is one of few universities to integrate mindfulness meditation into its Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program curriculum, according to Eric McCollum, professor of human development and MFT program director in the National Capital Region. "Mindfulness meditation helps students improve their ability to be emotionally present in therapy sessions with clients," he explained. "It helps beginners, who can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stop focusing on themselves and think more about...

2009-11-10 18:25:18

Living with pain is stressful, but a surprisingly short investment of time in mental training can help you cope. A new study examining the perception of pain and the effects of various mental training techniques has found that relatively short and simple mindfulness meditation training can have a significant positive effect on pain management. Though pain research during the past decade has shown that extensive meditation training can have a positive effect in reducing a person's awareness...

2009-05-25 16:58:21

Push-ups may lead to a better body, but meditation may lead to a better brain, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, said. The researchers used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of people who meditate. The study, published in the journal NeuroImage, found certain regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger than in a control group. We know that people who consistently meditate have a singular ability to cultivate positive...

2008-10-08 09:00:12

By HOWARD COHEN Our worries. They're pounding like Beethoven's Fifth: Bailouts, buyouts. Recession, depression. Enter the meditative practice of mindfulness. Born of Buddhist roots, it's increasingly recognized as a measure to calm the mind's chatter and elevate the brain's thinking and organizational processes. Mindfulness seminars. Mindfulness books. A place in Virginia Beach - the labyrinth paved into a patio at the Association for Research and Enlightenment - where visitors can...

2008-09-05 15:00:31

SURRY - The Center for Studying Mindfulness will hold the following workshops in September: . "Monday Night Drop-In: Exploring Meditation for Everyday Life," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22 through Dec. 16. Contact before attending. . "Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction" (eight Thursday sessions) begins 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. . "Friday Night Couples Connecting," 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 14. . "Mothers Connecting with Their Babies," 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept....

2008-09-03 16:59:03

The seemingly nonsensical Zen practice of "thinking about not thinking" could help free the mind of distractions, new brain scans reveal. This suggests Zen meditation could help treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (so-called ADD or ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, major depression and other disorders marked by distracting thoughts. In the last decade, there has been a resurgence of scientific research into meditation, due in part to the...

2008-09-04 00:00:05

By Sandra Barrera Meredith Rose had just moved to Los Angeles when the advertising saleswoman decided to give meditation a try. The reason? "I. Was. Stressed," she says matter-of-factly. But a few years later, that's no longer the case for the 27-year- old New York City transplant, thanks to her 20-minute, twice-daily transcendental meditation sessions. Rose's experience with meditation -- offering the mind something to focus on, such as her breathing, an object or a word -- is hardly...


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