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Two Ways to Clarify and Try Mindfulness and Meditation


 

Research has shown mindfulness and meditation-based programs to hold promise for treating a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression,anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Adding to this, a recent study by Harvard researchers soon to appear in Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging will report that participating in an eight-week mindfulness mediation program actually appears to make changes in the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. The study validates that reported improvements are not just a result of people spending time relaxing but of actual changes in brain structure.

Since this is too significant to ignore, it raises the question for many as to how to understand mindfulness and meditation in a way that makes a first step possible. If you are confused and a bit hesitant – you are not alone.

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Two Ways to Clarify and Try Mindfulness and Meditation

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  1. Meditation, as understood by those in the East, is about getting in touch with the divine within. It is not another technique like the guided relaxation techniques for just about anything. Or Hatha Yoga which is done here in the West for weight reduction or a slim figure. There is a tendency in the West to forget the importance of the soul in personal development or issues involving the psyche.

    • Mark — thanks for this comment. I think it adds to the potential of meditation. I think as people take steps they find paths to self expansion – they never considered – Thanks, Suzanne

 

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