Meditation and brain waves

Friday, March 3, 2017
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The brain is an electrical organ. Brain waves are features of the brain’s electrical activity, produced by synchronised electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other. Different…

How mindfulness improves workplace performance

Monday, January 23, 2017
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The growth of mindfulness training at the workplace can finally be quantified; a 2016 study conducted by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments found…

Compassion meditation: Bringing together Self & Other

Monday, December 19, 2016
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The holiday season raises interesting questions for our self-interest and sense of “self”. Between numerous social events, obligatory family gatherings, and an overall orientation towards charity, the “season…

Is there a “best way” to learn meditation?

Monday, October 17, 2016
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With a plethora of apps, books, sites, and videos offering guidance on meditation, it’s a fair question to ask: what is the best way to learn meditation? Shall…

2 years on: the top 10 meditation trends in the UK

Monday, March 7, 2016
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It’s been exactly 2 years since I last posted here on March 2014. In this hiatus I’ve observed how meditation, in particular mindfulness meditation, has come to the fore…

Can you be a mindful murderer? Interview with an ex-monk

Monday, March 3, 2014
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As interest in the term “mindfulness” continues to snowball, I wondered whether we are doing justice to how we talk about it, understand it, and practice it. To…

Can meditation slow down ageing?

Monday, February 10, 2014
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The desire to prolong youth is one of the most powerful drivers in human beings. Modern science is showing that meditation may have anti-ageing effects on our cells….

Mindfulness for mental health: snail’s pace provisioning in the NHS

Friday, January 31, 2014
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Mental health: neglected at a cost On 20th January the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave a speech to launch the government’s “Mental Health Action Plan”, a…

Tackling from the top: mindfulness meditation at the peaks of Davos

Friday, January 24, 2014
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It is a sign of the times that this year at the World Economic Forum, there were six sessions devoted to the topic of “Mindfulness”. As the great…

Meditation, goal-setting, and the purpose of life

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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A few weeks into a new year, it’s as good a time as any to wonder what we want to do with our lives. Or as Jon Kabat-Zinn[1]…

A little less worry, little more peace: how meditation reduces stress

Monday, January 6, 2014
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It is the first benefit of meditation to be researched and recognised since the late 60s , and the reason medical practitioners brought it into Western public awareness:…

Connection vs loneliness: the role of meditation

Monday, December 23, 2013
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As the year ends with the festive season, as work grinds to a halt, families re-unite and all the focus is on togetherness, for many people this is…

Meditation and the creative muse

Monday, December 16, 2013
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More common sense, less evidence If we think about the process of meditation, it makes sense that it might hone our creative capability. One of the key stages…

Business leaders who meditate: why they do, why they should

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Reading “Zen and the art of management” in the Financial Times, we get a good view of why business leaders meditate. “Meditation, more than anything else, is responsible…

On positive psychology, pain, and happiness: Happier Human’s Amit Amin

Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Earlier this month I posted about  research linking meditation and happiness. Browsing through the material I came upon Happier Human, a company devoted to spreading the message of…

The corporate world’s flirtation with meditation

Thursday, November 21, 2013
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It’s almost old news: the business world’s new interest in meditation The Financial Times reports regularly on it, Forbes, Wired, Business Insider, the New York Times all have…

The link between happiness and meditation

Thursday, November 14, 2013
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The world’s most famous Happiness expert on meditation Shawn Achor is arguably the world’s most famous expert on “happiness”.  With 12 years spent researching the subject at Harvard…

Meditation: Focus On-demand

Thursday, November 7, 2013
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The wandering mind, the restless gaze, the lure of a distraction… they get in our way when we want to do something well or do it at all….

How mindfulness meditation changes the brain

Friday, November 1, 2013
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Technologies such as fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and EEG (electroencephalography) make it possible for neuroscientists to see exactly what goes on in the brain, and these are…

Can meditation really make us nicer people? Really?

Monday, October 28, 2013
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It appears so. Psychologists and neuroscientists have designed some interesting experiments that show we really do become nicer after practicing meditation. Would you give up your chair to…

Mindfulness meditation stops rumination, a danger to mental health

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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There is a theory that it isn’t only what happens to us but equally how we choose to think about it, that determines our mental wellbeing; now the…

Meditation may lower blood pressure: but which type should we choose?

Friday, October 18, 2013
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Different meditation practices shown to reduce blood pressure Many studies have researched meditation’s effects on blood pressure and indications are that some types of meditation have modest but…

What is compassion meditation?

Thursday, October 10, 2013
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One of the main types of Buddhist meditation, compassion meditation is intended to cultivate loving-kindness, friendliness, and goodwill towards oneself and others. It is referred to as “mettā”,…

World’s best universities lead the way for research into meditation

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
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1968 marks a real turning point for scientific research into meditation, when a group of Transcendental Meditation (TM) practitioners turned up at Harvard Medical School and asked to…

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy prevents relapse into depression

Sunday, September 29, 2013
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For people suffering from recurrent depression, one of the therapies increasingly available through the NHS is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT is a skills training programme that combines…

Who is bringing meditation to the masses?

Thursday, September 26, 2013
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If you want a quick dip into meditation to see what it’s all about, classes are easy to find in most parts the country. But to get a…

Mindfulness training shown to improve children’s attention

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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New research carried out by Dominic Crehan and Dr Michelle Ellefson at the University of Cambridge shows mindfulness training may improve children’s ability to concentrate. The study was…