Is there a “best way” to learn meditation?

Categories: Developments, Top stories

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…

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

Categories: Developments, Top stories, Uncategorized

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…

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

Categories: Developments, Integration, Purpose, Top stories

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…

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Can meditation slow down ageing?

Categories: Anti-ageing, Reduce stress, Research

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….

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

Categories: Developments, Fight depression, Research

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…

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

Categories: Business, Developments

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…

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Meditation, goal-setting, and the purpose of life

Categories: Purpose, Research

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]…

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

Categories: In the brain, Reduce stress, Research

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:…

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Connection vs loneliness: the role of meditation

Categories: Compassion & connection, Happiness, Research

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…

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Meditation and the creative muse

Categories: Creativity, Research

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…

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

Categories: Business, Developments, Focus attention

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…

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

Categories: Developments, Happiness

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…

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The corporate world’s flirtation with meditation

Categories: Business, Developments

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…

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The link between happiness and meditation

Categories: Happiness, In the brain, Reduce stress, Research

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…

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Meditation: Focus On-demand

Categories: Focus attention

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….

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How mindfulness meditation changes the brain

Categories: Compassion & connection, In the brain, Reduce stress, Research

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…

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Can meditation really make us nicer people? Really?

Categories: Compassion & connection, Research

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…

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Mindfulness meditation stops rumination, a danger to mental health

Categories: Fight depression, Reduce stress, Research

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…

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

Categories: Reduce stress, Research

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…

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What is compassion meditation?

Categories: Types of meditation

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”,…

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

Categories: Developments, Research

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…

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy prevents relapse into depression

Categories: Fight depression, Research

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…

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