Meditations on Mindfulness

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Mindfulness in Brain How It Works: The Science of Meditation

There is a lot of talk these days about mindfulness meditation and its role in depression and anxiety. But what is it, really? And does it actually work? Let’s see what people are saying:

Is Mindfulness Good Medicine?(information from: Scientific American Mind; September/October 2014)

Mindfulness meditation can be defined as “maintaining attention on present experiences and adopting an attitude toward them characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance” (Scott Bishop; University of Toronto). Mindfulness has shown to be effective in relieving negative thoughts and anxieties instead of obsessing over them. A study in 2010, performed by Stefan Hofmann from Boston University showed that regular mindfulness meditation sessions helped to improve the symptoms of both anxiety disorders and major depressive disorders. However, other studies have shown that mindfulness meditation in people with anxiety is not significantly successful.

Presently, the evidence for mindfulness meditation as…

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What is “Mindfulness”

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Philippe Goldin, PhD, wrote about the importance of mindfulness.

All of us do daily activities without giving them much attention. We may brush our teeth without giving this activity itself much attention since our minds are mostly off thinking about something that happened yesterday or making plans for later today. We might give most of our available attention to the person we are talking to on our cell phone, leaving little left over for the car we are driving. We might be only “half listening” during a conversation with a friend because at the same time our minds are mostly drawn to thinking through our upcoming to-do lists. “Automatic pilot” is a term we like to use to describe this process of doing things without giving them much attention. Most everyone has the ability to run on automatic pilot. In many ways, having this ability, and not having to be…

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Fat Talk, Body Shaming & Other Forms of Self-Bullying: A Call for Loving Kindness

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Most of us have been guilty of engaging in “fat talk” and other forms of self-shaming. In fact, it’s common enough among women (although men do it too) to be considered “normal.” However, we know that fat shaming is associated with poorer body image, depressed mood, and other negative effects. Click here to read my post about the negatives of self-bullying in this way, and some tools for breaking the habit and feeling better.

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