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Mindfulness Meditation Defined?

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Mindfulness Meditation Defined?

Why All This Buzz About Mindfulness? In order to effectively practice mindfulness meditation, it's important that we understand its meaning and origin. The University of California Center for Mindfulness defines mindfulness meditation as a quality form of meditation which human beings possess and is cultivated through paying attention that is based on purpose. Since 1967, there have been over 1500 studies that have touched on mindfulness meditation. One of the most recurring findings of those studies is that mindfulness meditation plays a major role in reducing or eliminating stress, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, emotional reactivity, and excessive thinking.   Origins of...

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Can You Meditate All Day Long?

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Can You Meditate All Day Long?

  All Day Meditation, Too Good To Be True? As I write this, the condo above me is undergoing massive renovations.... aka hammer, hammer, pound, pound. Years ago this very loud and relentless noise would have really driven me a bit bonkers. Not now. Why is that?  Well, I honestly credit that to the act of being present in the moment. Some call it mindfulness. Some call it presence. Regardless, it's not even bothering me at all, which is really a massive change from my "old self". Do you want to be more calm, at peace, and smiley all day long? Then...

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How About Kindfulness?

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How About Kindfulness?

Are You Including Kindness In Your Mindfulness?   Have you heard of mindfulness? I'm sure you may have since it's been a buzzword for a few years now. I love the simple act of remaining present in the moment....when I remember to ;) Perhaps there's a missing element from mindfulness though, and that's what Shamash Alidina talks about in this great article.....kindness - or kindfulness. What a great word! =>I've included Shamash's article below: Earlier this year I attended a talk by my favourite monk, Ajahn Brahm. He was speaking at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California—a cool place for a forest monk to hang out. Brahm...

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Can Gratitude Help Your Brain?

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Can Gratitude Help Your Brain?

Are You Truly A Grateful Person? I don't mean just at Christmas, on birthdays, or when someone surprises us in a good way. I mean real appreciation and gratitude for our life, and the daily occurrences (whether pleasant or unpleasant) in our lives. I've been practicing gratitude daily for a couple of years now - and I especially enjoy the practice of writing in a journal. The daily practice of putting my goals, thoughts, and most importantly my gratitude down on paper is very therapeutic. Yes physically writing down my daily appreciation! It's been an absolute game changer in the way that I...

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5 Ways Meditation Benefits Companies & Individuals

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5 Ways Meditation Benefits Companies & Individuals

  Meditation Can Benefit Us All! Science and even mainstream media are beginning to convince meditators, non-meditators, and even companies these days that sitting in silence really is beneficial for our well being - and in the case of companies....the bottom line! If you're an entrepreneur, a business owner, or just someone who wants to experience more calm and relaxation - and less stress then this article is for you.... ScienceDirect’s research article shows how long term meditation increases grey matter in the brain. NCBI’s article shows how meditation experience increases cortical thickness in the brain.   5 Ways That Meditation Can...

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