Meditation alters your grey matter, studies show

February 22, 2011


February 20, 2011
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Brain scans of participants in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training show density changes in key regions

Move over cryptic crosswords and Sudoku, and make way for the ultimate mental workout. It’s called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR for short. Recent neuroscience research shows that novices using the method – developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the 1970s – can get results in just eight weeks.
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7 Ways Meditation Can Save Your Life

February 15, 2011


From The Huffington Post
Ed and Deb Shapiro, Spiritual teachers; award-winning authors, ‘Be the Change’; columnists,

Why do more people drink alcohol than people who meditate? Why do more people eat fast food than get exercise? Smoking is a leading cause of death in the U.S., as are poor diet and alcohol use, so why do we love everything that is bad for us and keep away from things that do us good?

Presumably it’s because we really don’t like ourselves too much. Once the cycle of self-dislike gets started, then it takes a huge amount of determination and effort to make changes. And the mind is a perfect servant, as it will do whatever it’s told, but it’s a terrible master as it fails to help us help ourselves.
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