Trying to inject more mindfulness into your life? Good for you! Mindfulness is a complicated endeavor, full of opportunities to get discouraged and feel like you’re doing it wrong. We hope these mindfulness tips make the practice a bit easier [Read more…]
Meditation’s health benefits
Meditation and mindfulness practices have become more accepted in Western cultures since the late 1990’s. There are several reasons for this, including the research and writing of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a scientist who adapted a Southeast Asian Buddhist meditation practice for a Western audience. His work focuses on a meditation practice called mindfulness meditation. The initial focus in Kabat-Zinn’s research was on patients suffering from chronic pain. [Read more…]
How long should you meditate?
The increased popularity and research evidence for mindfulness and meditation has led many people to integrate meditation into their lives. For some people meditation is a way to stay centered and feel sane; for others it’s a way to manage anxiety; for others it’s a way to deal with stress, attention deficits, or other difficulties. Whatever the reason people practice meditation, many ask, “How long should I meditate?” This very simple question, however, does not have a straightforward answer. [Read more…]
Many people with a form of anxiety characterized by overworrying find that they spend an excessive amount of time pondering either the future or the past. New research published this month in Science suggests that doing so worsens our mood. Does this very human tendency to get caught up in thoughts about the past and future affect you? [Read more…]
Stress is unavoidable. However, we handle stress is often within our control. There are good ways and bad ways to handle stress, and meditation is considered a healthy stress reduction strategy.
To lower our stress levels, we can either reduce the number of stressors in our lives or we can try to reduce the effect of these stressors. Research suggests that meditation helps us reduce stress by limiting the extent to which each stressor bothers us. As a result, our overall stress levels [Read more…]