Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation

With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation. The study investigated the effects of […]

Developing the Observer Self, or Witness, aids growth and awareness

If all of a person’s consciousness is tied up with experiencing, say, pain, sadness, or anger, it is as if that person is living in a small trailer home: existence is cramped and uncomfortable; there is much suffering. But if that same person is able to disidentify, or do what mindfulness advocates call centering (Segal, […]

What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness?

Research suggests that mindfulness practices offer psychotherapists a way to positively affect aspects of therapy that account for successful treatment. This paper provides psychotherapists with a synthesis of the empirically supported advantages of mindfulness. Definitions of mindfulness and evidence-based interpersonal, affective, and intrapersonal benefits of mindfulness are presented. Research on therapists who meditate and client […]

Alan Wallace on Genuine Happiness

This is a great 30 minute video by Alan Wallace on cultivating mental and emotional balance, thus finding genuine happiness.  

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them without believing, for instance, that there’s a right or wrong way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, […]

Benefits of Mindfulness – Harvard

Practices for Improving Emotional and Physical Well-Being Posted at www.helpguide.org Understanding mindfulness Key Points Practicing mindfulness improves both mental and physical health. Mindfulness involves both concentration (a form of meditation) and acceptance. Deliberately pay attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. It takes practice to become comfortable with mindfulness techniques. If one method does not work for […]