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Mindfulness meditation and relaxation response have different effects on brain function – Study



There are two widely used meditation-based stress reduction courses. One is based on the relaxation response – first described by Herb Benson, MD, director emeritus of the MGH-based Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine – which focuses on eliciting a physiologic state of deep rest, the opposite of the “fight or flight” stress response. The other is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which emphasizes a particular, non-judgmental attitude termed “mindfulness” as key to stress reduction. Although both interventions are based on meditation, the scientific philosophies and meditative traditions upon which each is founded are different, and these differences are reflected in the instructions and exercises taught to patients.

“If the hypotheses proposed by the programs’ creators are in fact correct, they imply that these programs promote wellness through different mechanisms of action,” says Sara Lazar, PhD, of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroscience Research Program, senior author of the current report and assistant professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. “Such a finding would suggest that these programs could potentially have different effects on disease.”

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Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age — Our Better Health

There are very helpful tips in this post. I would like to add my own suggestion: Exercise. That gives you a two-edged sword. Check out my Page – Important facts about your brain – and exercise benefits.

As we age, it’s natural to worry about possible declines in our mental and brain health. Many older adults are concerned about things like memory loss and poorer attention, forgetting names, and taking longer to learn new things. As a result, as we get older we may feel more distress, sadness, and/ or anxiety that […]

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Think Like a Tree – Infographic

Stumbled across this somewhere surfing. Thought it was really fine.



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Mindful eating

There are some really good ideas here. I have noticed that in the past few years since starting the blog, I often find myself late in the meal simply stopping rather than just eating because it tastes good.

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Mindfulness is everywhere at the moment.  At its core, mindfulness is about focusing on the 8_Ways_Mindful_Eating_Can_Help_You_Lose_Weight.07.27.13present moment, and experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and other sensations of right here, right now.  It stems from Eastern philosophy and is a cornerstone of the eighfold path of Buddhism.

Mindful eating applies the principles of mindfulness to our relationship with food.  How many times have you found yourself snacking on something and realising you’re not actually hungry?  Or eating because you’re bored, stressed out, or because people around you are eating? Or somehow finishing the whole plate and wondering how it happened?

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