When you show up to Paris Fashion Week, you've most certainly got to look the part, and Hailee Steinfeld did just that with this chic pinned up 'do and beret last month. I'm betting you'll be obsessed with the look too, so I turned to Justine Piecuch, stylist at Boston's renowned Jeffrey Lyle Salon, to get a step-by-step how-to.
The black and white pants remind us of a jail jumpsuit, and the cut of them is giving poor Miley a serious case of camel toe. Here's Julianne Hough at the Hollywood premiere of her new movie Safe Haven, although she definitely didn't play it safe with her wardrobe that night.
The shimmery fabric on the lower half of the gown is pretty, but the beaded, embroidered and embellished part reminds us of something you'd find while snorkeling on a coral reef.
The fit also seems wide in the waist and it's also not particularly flattering to Julianne's rocking body. Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence's beautiful celebrity styles made us do a double take this week! I always love a LWD in the winter time — who makes these crazy no white after Labor Day rules anyway? — and it's so fun to watch Jennifer switch up her look these days. Whether you suffer from heart disease or simply want to maintain a healthy heart, you might want to give yoga a try.
Cunningham explains that heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and other medical issues can be debilitating, not just physically, but also are very challenging on a mental and emotional level. Place your hands and knees on the floor with your knees directly below your hips and your hands directly below your shoulders.
Did you know that one in three Americans will be involved in an alcohol related auto accident in their lifetime? In 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner was walking with a friend to a church carnival when she was fatally struck by a car.
It may be hard to believe, but every 50 minutes someone’s life is tragically taken from a drunk-driving crash. In their more than 30 years of existence MADD has grown immensely, and their accomplishments have increased as well including the formation of the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving. If you were ever wondering where the drinking age of 21 came from, you can partially thank MADD for that as their campaign was an integral part of the ruling.
Denzel Washington manages an impressive crash landing of his commercial plane — saving nearly everyone on board — but when alcohol levels turn up in his blood in the investigation that follows, he quickly goes from American Hero to scapegoat. Jesse and Celeste married fresh out of high school, replete with the butterflies and seemingly undying love. Tyler Perry takes on the classic role of Alex Cross, straight out of the pages of the famous James Patterson novels.
Ironically, the title is not supposed to allude to just how under the radar this film played out. As you kick off the new year with a commitment to good health, consider adding meditation to your self-improvement list. Meditation not only calms your mind and reduces stress, but reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Jeanne Ball: A person doesn't need to do anything to prepare for the TM technique, except sit comfortably and close the eyes, because with this particular practice one quickly, naturally transcends the physical environment and dives deep within the mind to enjoy inner silence, peace and expanded wakefulness. The deeper reason why no preparation is necessary is because the technique is motivated only by the mind's natural tendency that is always lively within everyone: the tendency to seek greater happiness.
JB: Practicing the TM technique is very easy because the process doesn't require you to think about peace or happiness or anything in particular.
JB: If a person consciously tries to let go of thoughts, to get beyond thoughts or forcefully get rid of them, it's called "straining in meditation" and usually only creates more thoughts and often causes a headache. JB: Twenty minutes of the TM technique morning and afternoon is enough to balance a full day of activity and to dissolve stress and revitalize mind and body. Quick tip: If you find it difficult to meditate on your own, try Headspace, a meditation app created by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe. SheKnows has an exclusive clip of the hilarious trio of aliens played by Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson and George Lopez in the animated film Escape From Planet Earth, set for release on Feb. The film will transport audiences to planet Baab, where the much-admired hero and astronaut Scorch Supernova resides. When the chief of BASA, Lena , informs the duo that trouble is lurking from a dangerous planet, it is Scorch who ignores the warnings and bounds off to another adventure.
This exclusive clip showcases a trio of aliens stuck on that troublesome planet — known as Earth — as they befriend Gary and plan their escape. Not only do we get the opportunity to look at these three lovable and hilarious characters, but we also get a sneak peek into the actors voicing the film at the studio.
It is also clear that even the cast had the time of their lives participating in the animated feature. As Jane Lynch says in the clip, "It fires on all cylinders for all ages, so parents will have a great time bringing their kids. Though she's infamously known for rarely cracking a smile, Victoria Beckham's sense of humor is far from lacking.
The designer has been chronicling behind-the-scenes moments for die-hard fashion fans to savor, including runway show preparations and the casting of models — complete with afternoon tea! It's rare for the star of a major network show to quit, but that's exactly what has happened with NBC's Up All Night.
Meditation not only changes our mind but also our brain – this is what more and more neuroscientific research suggests. Neuroplasticity – the change of brain structures as a result of experience – is considered to be one of the most important discoveries of neuroscience. To my knowledge this is the first study showing differences in brain structure between meditators and non-meditators. This study compared long-term meditators with age-matched controls with Magnetic Resonance Imaging and found structural differences in regions of the brainstem that are known to be concerned with mechanisms of cardiorespiratory control. While the studies listed so far merely compared existing differences between meditators and non-meditators and thus do not provide information of causality (a possible explanation would be that these people were drawn to meditation because their brains are different – rather than the difference being a result of meditation), below are two studies demonstrating actual impact of meditation practice by means of longitudinal designs (comparing pre- and post-meditation brain scans). Compared to a control group participation in an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme resulted in increased grey matter in the left hippocampus, a brain area strongly involved in learning and memory. Here we have a very exciting study showing the impact of meditation practice on the connections between brain areas using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI).
Hello, very interesting information I have a doubt, when they refer to increased grey matter volume, What do they mean? This random-assignment controlled study, which was published in Mind & Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry, found decreased symptoms of ADHD in students practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.
The study took place of a six month period of time at an independent school for children with language-based learning disabilities in Washington, D.C. All the students were pretested, then using delayed-start or random assignment comparison groups, were post-tested at three and six months. The student were given a verbal fluency test, a psychological test in which participants have to say as many words as possible from a category in a given time (usually 60 seconds).
How well students were able to perform these tasks were dependent on certain basic cognitive abilities, including attention, spelling and vocabulary knowledge. EEG (Electroencephalography, can be used to diagnose and accurately identify students with ADHD by measuring the varying relationship between theta brain waves and beta brain waves. According to co-researcher William Stixrud, PhD, a prominent Silver Spring, Maryland, clinical neuropsychologist,  “Prior research shows ADHD children have slower brain development and a reduced ability to cope with stress. Transcendental Meditation was chosen for a variety of reasons, the first being that TM has been shown to increase brain function. The number one reason that TM would be an affective type of meditation is because it’s easy to practice and easy to learn, TM is a mantra based meditation technique, which means that the students didn’t have to learn to concentrate or control their minds, at least not to the degree that some of the other techniques would require.
At the end of the research, the parents completed a questionnaire to assess their perceptions of changes in five ADHD-related symptoms in their children from the beginning to the end of the study.
It would seem that there is real hope for improved brain functioning in ADHD students who practice Transcendental Meditation or any form of mantra meditation. You can hardly get through a day without hearing something about the negative effects of stress. The good news is that benefit of meditation for college students is that it’s an antidote to all that stress, and even better it can help prevent the health problems caused by chronic stress. In a study, published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Psychophysiology, a number of encouraging results were found. The “Brain Integration Scale” scores of the meditating students was higher than the non-meditators, this means that there was more alpha activity in the brain, better match of brain activation and task demands and greater frontal coherence in the brain. Less sleepiness, even during the last week before final exams, was reported by students practicing Transcendental Meditation. This study also found that meditating students recovered faster from loud tones, which was measured by galvanic skin response (GSR).
Anxiety can be either a short term “state” or a long term “trait.” Trait anxiety reflects a stable tendency to respond with state anxiety in the anticipation of threatening situations. In another study showing the benefit of meditation for college students is one conducted by American University, and published in the “American Journal of Hypertension,” showed that students that practiced meditation improved their mental health and lowered their blood pressure. Stress is an inevitable in our culture, and as a student they best way to handle it is to prepare your mind and body to handle it. The number of mass meditations is a growing phenomenon, like the one recently held in Berlin’s Olympiastadion, part of the World Culture Festival, and that raises a couple of questions. When people meditate on their own, they create a certain balance in their physiology and that balance of body-mind-spirit authenticity influences those around them.
Research has shown that the practice of Transcendental Meditation by, even a small, group of people in one place with a specific intent had a powerful and measurable effect on the surrounding community.
Another benefit of meditating with others is the sense of belonging, a connectedness with others, which besides improving the quality of life, has been proven to increase in life expectancy.
For a second, close your eyes and picture this: 70,000 people from around the world assembled in mass meditation, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in a shared moment of silence, their eyes closed and minds free from any cultural or religious differences.
Earlier today, visitors from 150 countries did just that as an international effort of meditation. According to John Osborne, a senior Art of Living faculty member and resident of Santa Monica, mass meditating has been one of the most memorable experiences so far. Mawahib Shaihaibani, CEO of the Art of Living Gulf and Middle East, traveled from Abu Dhabi to attend the festival and believes that, as a Muslim, all religions lead to one God. To further promote physical, mental and spiritual unity among festival-goers, over 1,000 yoga instructors from around the world have joined forces at the Yoga Park to demonstrate the benefits of yoga as well as to lead workshops and seminars. Dafna Paz, PhD, a secular Jew, additionally notes that the event is an opportunity to form friendships by learning from others and their religious backgrounds. At the end of the day, among celebrations of diversity, Ravi Shankar asks that people from all walks of life view religion not as an ideology of separation but as a uniting code of conduct–in this way, diversity can be celebrated within a harmonious and kind global community, expressive of varying cultures.
One of the agreed upon benefits of mass meditation is how it enhances and motivates individual practice and will accelerate spiritual and personal growth. The benefits of implementing meditation programs in prisons have already proven themselves in a number of real world trials. In another study published by the Transcendental Meditation program, outline the benefits to both the correctional system and the prisoner themselves. And as wonderful as these benefits are for the department of corrections, they are even more powerful for those who have been incarcerated. PremaHealing began providing the classes six months ago after partnering with the support group Families of Incarcerated Individuals.
Marquetta Nebo, executive director of Families of Incarcerated Individuals, said the classes have helped many offenders vent personal anger. PremaHealing and Families of Incarcerated Individuals are currently searching for additional funding to provide meditation classes for male prisoners at the Shelby County Jail. Crane said they decided to start the classes here after similar meditation classes at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, were shown to lower disruption and violence at the facility. Nebo said she hopes they can acquire more funding, so more inmates have the opportunity to release bottled-up emotions and stress.
In an article I published awhile back, “Criminal Minds: Prisoners benefiting from Meditation,” I wrote about the effectiveness that David Krassner, a staff psychiatrist at the California Men’s Colony State Prison, had when he implemented a meditation program.
Given the overwhelming evidence of the success of meditation, as a highly effective method for helping prisoners cope with negative feelings, like anger and stress, and realizing the possible cost saving for the correctional system, especially in this economy, I believe that it’s time to begin integrating meditation in our prison system on a large scale. The Transcendental meditation benefit is that the body shifts into a state of restful awareness, which is important because it counterbalances the fight-or-flight response. We know from our own experience that if we are awake then our minds are rarely at rest, in fact very often it’s in the fight-or-flight mode. The research on the benefit of meditation on the stress response have been ongoing for many years and the more we learn about this relationship the more we discover how powerful a tool meditation is in reducing heart attack and stroke.
Transcendental Meditation, made popular by the Beatles during the flower power era of the 1960s, could cut heart attack rates by half, researchers claim. The mantra meditation, which involves repeating a sound repeatedly twice daily for up to 20 minutes, lowers death rates from heart attack and strokes.
The relaxation technique was used by patients with heart disease during a nine year ?2.25million trial at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
It followed 201 African-American men and women with an average age of 59 who suffered from the narrowing of arteries in their hearts. They were selected to do the Transcendental Meditation technique or to participate in a control group which received health education classes in traditional risk factors, including dietary modification and exercise. The researchers did further analysis of two subgroups, those participants who had high compliance with the meditation program, and a high stress group, and found even greater reductions in death, infarction and stroke in those groups. The high compliance subgroup showed a 66 per cent reduction, while the high stress subgroup showed a 64 per cent reduction. Co-author Dr Robert Schneider claimed the results are the strongest documented effects yet produced by a mind-body intervention on cardiovascular disease. The findings were published in the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine. At a press conference two years ago before a concert to promote Transcendental Meditation, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney recalled their 1968 trip to India to learn meditation from the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Transcendental meditation benefit is that the physiological changes are almost the exact opposite of the flight-or-fight response.
Studies show that the changes that take place in the brain are different during meditation that those that take place during sleep. One last thing to keep in mind, studies have shown that the longer a person has been meditating the younger they score on tests of biological age.
Meditation can enhance the educational experience in much the same way that it promotes healing and relieves stress.
The meditation benefits of positive life choices and mind-states such as feeling at peace, finding joy, love and well-being in the body and mind, all of which promote self-confidence, effectiveness and a personal sense of power. Students today are more stressed, have more distractions, and often don’t have an effective outlet to cope with daily tension. It’s all too easy for teenagers to turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, and the media as a way of escaping the pressure of being a young adult.
Meditation is a simple and effective practice to help reduce stress, and been shown to have many other positive psychological effects. There are many schools around the nation that have already done so, and it appears that meditation can provide a positive outlet for youth. Research has shown meditation improves academic performance and results in improvement in intelligence.
This may be in part due to enhancing attention and concentration, as well as providing a method to cope with stress and anxiety that can impact academic performance.
As well, certain types of mediation have been shown to alter brain activity to improve executive functions involved with attention, focus, planning, and alertness.
Particularly, Transcendental Meditation (TM) helps the brain function in a more orderly and coherent fashion leading to improved creativity, greater emotional maturity, and stress reduction.
The emotional and mental benefits of meditation not only improve academic performance but can lead to healthier interpersonal relationships.
With less stress and agitation schools will see a decline in aggressive behavior and a more positive school environment. Overall, if these social and emotional improvements lead to greater school satisfaction for students this will have recurring benefits of its own. Research has shown that the level of school-satisfaction is related to improved academic performance and decreases in behavior problems. Meditation and mindfulness training programs are growing in several school districts around the nation, and students generally like participating in meditation. However, many parents feel that mediation is connected to religion and view it as an ancient, mystical practice having no place in public schools. Regardless of your view, if students are being pushed to work harder and expected to compete in the ever increasing globalized world we live in, it would helpful to provide them with a tool to manage enhance emotional and mental faculties. In his conclusion Joe believes that, given the expectations placed on students today, that providing them with every available tool, not just to enhance their learning but to help them cope with the pressures of the educational system, isn’t simply a good idea, it’s becoming a survival tool. And meditation is the tool that will teach them how to cultivate qualities and skills they need; to name a few, increased concentration and focus, how to be in the moment and free from expectations, developing a longer attention span, enhanced mental clarity and, frankly, all the other meditation benefits that come with a regular practice. Regular practice is the key to being able to successfully benefit from this tool, and by teaching it in the schools a regular practice is more likely to occur.


One question that comes up in my meditation classes is, “should you meditate to music and are there any meditation benefits if you do?” Paradoxically, the answer is yes and no. If you have chosen a Vedic, transcendental, mantra based approach, then listening to, and certainly playing, music is not recommended, because the focus of the approach is deep inner silence and music will draw you attention away.
Because mindfulness is the quality of being in harmony with the present moment and starts by paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, it is the perfect meditative approach to music for both listening and playing.
For me, the practice of meditating – in its more secular usage, the cultivation of mindfulness – has brought an enormous amount to my life and music-making. With my friend and colleague, Chris Cullen, an eight-week course was devised to introduce some techniques and encourage the participants to make mindfulness a part of their practice and life. Chris, a highly experienced and effortlessly motivating teacher of mindfulness, brought a wealth of warmth and kindness to the sessions. Its structure was based on the groundbreaking work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has been bringing mindfulness meditation into the US medical mainstream since 1979. It’s a piece with calm episodes, but also moments of high anxiety, excitement and violent joy. Listening to music can end up being, besides a meditation, a meditation benefit in its own right. There will be times when your slip into the “flow” and you lose yourself in the sound so that you sound merge, only the listening remains.
Meditation is known to lower blood pressure, reduce the heart rate in other words reduce the stress response.
If even a small percentage of people with PTSD were to obtain the kind of benefits Joe reports, then teaching our wounded warriors to meditate promises an abundant return on our investment.
Being able to even provide treatment programs for all those suffering from PTSD, based on the standard of treatment, has been sorely lacking, because the facilities that can provide aversive deconditioning are limited.
If, as the preliminary studies suggest, meditation can help control or alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, then a very accessible and inexpensive treatment will be available to all those who suffer from the syndrome, including earthquake, tornado or any other victims of devastating natural disasters. Tip: Experience stillness in the body in other situations, for instance sitting where you are right now, just close the eyes and experience motionlessness in the whole body for a couple of minutes.
The Main Menu you can access by clicking on the icon “3 lines”, at the top right of the screen. The Submenu of each menu item under the main menu will be visible when you click on the icon “3 dots and lines”, at the top left of the screen. Practicing some technique that allows quieting the mind and stilling the body has been a fundamental part of most spiritual traditions. It was until very recent times that science began to look into the veracity of such claims and attempted to understand both the physiological as well as the psychological effects that such practices have on those who practice those techniques. In an effort to compile the most important findings from such research, and increase our acceptance and understanding of the positive effects that meditation has on our body and minds, Dr Shanida Nataraja published a book called, The Blissful Brain.
Dr Shanida Nataraja has a BSc (First Class Hons.) in Human Science and Neuroscience and a PhD in Neurophysiology, both from University College London. SuperConsciousness recently spoke with Dr Shanida Nataraja, about the most recent scientific findings on the connection of meditation and the brain as well as the implications that such understanding could have on healthcare, education and our spiritual development.
SuperConsciousness: How did you become interested in doing research on the relationship between meditation and the brain? Dr Shanida Nataraja: I grew up in a household in which meditation was very much part of everyday life. SC: There is a large variety of meditation techniques and names given to these techniques, and for someone who is not familiar and just beginning to explore meditation this can be a bit confusing. SN: Meditation, irrespective of the form it takes, has a number of defining characteristics.
SC: What are the most relevant findings that science has discovered in regards to the effects of meditation on the brain? SN: There are a number of key findings, and the first is that we have two sides of our brain and each of those sides contains a different way of thinking and perceiving. The other thing the research shows is that there are a number of changes in the brain during meditation that can perhaps shed light on the subjective experiences that people have when they meditate. During mediation, you first have to still the mind and switch off all the thoughts, and in that silence, having access to the right brain way of thinking and perceiving, as well as the left brain way of thinking and perceiving, insights can spontaneously occur.
SC: Different instruments are being used to study the brain when people are meditating, and you have mentioned that some of these instruments could be used as tools for a person to get feedback as to how they are meditating. Knowing what the brain wave pattern is that’s best for creativity or for relaxation has allowed people to come up with technologies that basically entrain the brain to specific brain wave patterns, thereby promoting creativity or encouraging relaxation.
SC: Has there been any data or research done with instruments that measure the effects mediation has on the environment around the people meditating?
SC: When it comes to the effects of meditation in our body and particularly in health, what are some of the most relevant findings that have come out from this research?
There has been an enormous body of research that’s looked into the health benefits of meditation. SC: You are an advocate for the use of meditation in different areas of our modern-day life.
SN: I think that meditation has a number of potential applications, if you want to discuss it in that way. I also think that meditation plays a huge role in terms of optimizing our performance and that is especially relevant in the case of the work place. SN: I think the key problem in many cases is being able to provide a compelling argument to the funding bodies within the health system that dictate how the money is spent and what treatments, including supportive treatments, can be made available for patients. The key is to be able to demonstrate to those bodies that even though the effect on disease may not be as dramatic as giving an anti-hypertensive medication, for example, that actually in the long run what you’re doing is empowering patients, giving them a tool that they can use to manage their health and support the other treatment that they receive. If we are saying that this is a tool by which we can optimize the performance of our brains, that we can access the left-hand side of the brain or the right-hand side of the brain and the two different ways of thinking and perceiving that those two sides of the brain offer us, then why aren’t we teaching this technique to our kids in school?
SC: From your personal experience as someone who has been practicing meditation for some time, what are the benefits that you experience? In terms of my own health, I’ve seen that meditation has taken me from being someone who was borderline hypertensive, to someone who has perfect blood pressure. SC: Are there benefits in practicing meditation as part of a broader spiritual perspective or does it really matter? SN: So far what we have talked about in terms of the benefits of meditation and the effects on the brain and the body of the practitioner is one level of understanding the effects of meditation. Spirituality provides a richer context for the experiences that we begin to have as a result of the practice of meditation.
What the plasticity of the brain really does is it gives us the hope that all behavior can essentially be changed, can be replaced by more positive and constructive behavior. With that analogy, what I was really trying to do is just give people an idea of the scale involved here. The sheer number of brain cells that we have, and how those brain cells connect with each other to form a biological network that can adopt an infinite number of possible configurations, is mind-boggling.
How advanced will our education systems be if meditation was part of the normal curriculum in schools?
To give the hair a little bit of grit to work with, gently spray the curls with a dry shampoo or a light hairspray. We know she can't be tamed, but it just seems like she's trying too hard to be funky these days. This isn't our favorite look for Miss Miley, but we do love her black oversized Versace bag and cute loafers. While it looks like something's growing on Julianne in this dress, it's really not growing on us, sartorially-speaking.
This week, I'm crushing hard on the LWD she wore to the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon. The strapless silhouette is one she's been rocking a lot lately — the Golden Globes, anyone? — and it's working for her. She says yoga provides tools, strategies and techniques to help patients prevent heart disease as well as rehabilitate from heart disease.
A few days after the accident, Cari’s mother, Candace Lightner, found out that the driver was not only drunk, but that this accident was his fifth drunk-driving offense in four years. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, is a social activist group formed with the purpose of raising awareness about the dangers and frequency of drunk driving.
In 1982 Ronald Reagan formed the commission and enacted a bill that awarded federal highway funds to states taking action against drunk driving. The organization also provides resources for victims of drunk-driving accidents and helps inform these people about their rights regarding compensation for financial issues stemming from these tragic accidents. The money raised will go toward resources for victims like legal aid, equipment for police officers to better detect drunk drivers, education programs, and many other necessary programs to help stop the epidemic of drunk driving. We've got you covered, from compelling dramas to romantic comedies and flicks fit for the whole family. Flight is an incredible investigation of consequence, ego and temptation, and it's an all-around compelling drama that critics adored. Fast-forward a few years: The couple has outgrown the euphoria, and Celeste is moving up in the world. In fact, it's been years since he wrestled, but he's putting all that behind him in a ridiculous effort to salvage his failing high school.
This flick's a high-energy, action-packed experience that didn't quite get the love it hoped for, but Perry fans may still consider this a worthy watch.
Meditation not only calms your mind and reduces stress, but also reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
He also adds that transcendental meditation may reduce heart disease risks for both healthy people and those with diagnosed heart conditions. We asked meditation teacher Jeanne Ball to share her tips on how to begin and what to expect.
During TM, there's no outside preparation or internal effort required, because attention settles inward spontaneously, drawn by the mind's own nature, to fields of greater happiness and dynamism, and there's no obstacle to that natural inward progression. Scorch swoops in to help whenever there is trouble in the blue alien nation, assisted by his uptight, nerdy brother, Gary .
Of course, he finds trouble in the evil Shanker , so it is up to Gary to save the day, save the planet and rescue his wife, Kira , and their son, Kip.
There is truly something for the entire family: humor, adventure and even a song on the soundtrack by teen hunk Cody Simpson. Proving she's anything but immune to the pressures designers face as the fashion world looks on, the mother of four tweeted the photo funny below. Seen here Thursday evening as New York Fashion Week fervor carries on, the mom of four carved out a little time for a sanity check by popping a bag over her head. David Beckham told Love magazine, "I do what I do because I love women; I'm a real girl's girl. According to TVLine, Applegate's departure comes weeks after that of series creator Emily Spivey, whose leaving was also chalked up to the show's new direction. Over the last 10 years evidence has been growing that not only the acquisition of navigational knowledge by London Taxi drivers (see video) or learning a new motor task like juggling (see article), but also meditation practice can lead to significant changes to brain structures.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) revealed that experienced meditators had a thicker cortex than non-meditators.
The main findings were that meditators had larger gray matter volumes than non-meditators in brain areas that are associated with emotional regulation and response control (the right orbito-frontal cortex and the right hippocampus).
After only four weeks of meditation changes in white matter – which is strongly involved in interconnecting brain areas [see myelin] – were present in those participants who meditated but not in the control participants who engaged in relaxation exercises. The students in the delay group began learning TM after the first three month period, when they were once again post-tested.
This test measures the executive functions of the brain, including systematic retrieval of knowledge, initiation and simultaneous processing. TM has been shown to effectively reduce stress and because stress is a key component effecting the lives of students with ADHD, for this reason Dr. Travis notes that TM, like all forms of mantra meditation or “automatic self-transcending meditation,” creates an experience known as restful alertness a state that’ associated with increased activity in the frontal and parietal portions of the brain, as opposed to the reduction in metabolic activity in the thalamus which is linked to hyperactivity. While further research is needed, it is seems there is hope for parents looking for a way to reduce their child’s need for medication.
And college students must find a way to deal with multiple stressors, such as finance problems, balancing work with study and simply trying to find their way in a time in their lives of intense personal and academic growth; all in addition to the everyday stresses of the modern world. This study on a group of students practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for 20 minutes, twice a day, for a period of ten weeks (as opposed to a control group), showed a number of positive benefits. The sympathetic nervous system will respond to loud new tones, and the study found the meditators sympathetic nervous system stopped responding quickly as compared to the non-meditators, whose system and a prolonged response.
Such individuals can feel that their self-worth depends on a consistently spotless performance.
Of course the right diet and exercise are important and key to reducing the effects of stress, but with so many mental stressors in our lives that to maintain balance meditation has become crucial, for all of us but especially for students. First of all why, and second, is there a benefit, beyond the benefits an individual receives when they practice meditation? By gathering in groups to meditate there is a reinforcement of the other’s practice, which in turn, has a powerful effect on those in their environments. The event is just one of many at the World Culture Festival, hosted by the International Art of Living Foundation to commemorate the organization’s 30th anniversary. Osborne, who was raised in a devout Catholic household, describes the 25-minute long session as an awe-inspiring step toward international unity. Folks may also participate in a variety of mass musical performances, designed to literally and figuratively fuse the voices of diversity.
And on a practical note, having the opportunity to meditate with others can help keep your own practice from getting stale and it provides a place where questions that come up, can be discussed or answered.
In a five year Harvard University study on meditation and the at-rick population, indicated those who learned and practiced meditation, had significant reductions in stress, aggression and mental disorders along resulting in a reduction in violence. These benefits included substantial cost saving by lowering staffing needs, lowering health cost, reduced recidivism and shorter prison stays. Although meditation isn’t a panacea, it can help prisoners, which have become accustomed to failure, succeed by giving them the tools they need to take responsibility for themselves. Luttrell Correctional Center, are getting the chance to reap the benefits of meditation before returning to a world without bars. If they do have emotions arise as a response, they can use these techniques to process through those emotions, instead of having to react to them,” Crane said. Luttrell have to be within 12 months of their release and recommended by correctional faculty. Fight-or-flight is the body-minds natural stress response that occurs when we feel threatened in any way, which can be as simple as not getting what we want. This occurs because some of these changes, that accompany the response, are a rise in blood pressure, increase in heart rate, breathing becomes shallower and faster, the release of stress hormones, a lower immune response and it goes on.
The fascinating thing about the physiological changes is that even as the body is resting in meditation the mind is awake. In fact, stress reduction itself allows anyone, including students, to function more effectively.
All qualities which are immensely valuable to students navigating into today’s culture and educational systems.
Mediation offers a way to train the mind toward optimal emotional states, such as compassion, loving-kindness, joy, and empathy.
Proponents would claim that it is unrelated to religion and is simply a practice that offers physiological benefits, just the same as yoga or cardiovascular exercise. In a formal educational environment students can be exposed to other beneficial forms of meditation such as guided imagery.
Musicians spend a lot of time – even as children – in a state of solitary absorption, called practice. A version of his mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course is recommended by Nice (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) in the UK for sufferers of recurrent depression and anxiety. The time is filled with a guided meditation, a discussion relating to their progress with the practices they have been taught, and suggestions of ways in which they can develop mindfulness as a tool in their musical lives. Norman Rosenthal, and will appear in the June 1st issue of “Military Medicine,” a great deal of promise in treating the symptoms of PTSD using Transcendental Meditation. At some point or other it is a good idea to find a yogi who lives and teaches here and now. But, Savasana, lying completely still on the back, is not the same as flopping down in front of the TV, or dozing off on the sofa (which might not be so bad either).What makes all the difference to the experience is your alertness. Lie full length on the back with the feet a little bit apart and the arms comfortably extended alongside the body; you can if necessary cover yourself with a thin blanket.
Or do the same thing in a meditation pose.Try also to lie down, completely still in Savasana, immediately after exhausting yourself physically. Both my parents meditated and I was therefore exposed to a number of different meditative traditions as I was growing up. I was very musical at a young age, and playing the piano and singing were my way of de-stressing and centering myself.
How can we know that what we are learning and practicing falls within what can be called meditative practice? If we look at all the different types of meditation, we can see that they usually involve a technique or practice that is very clearly defined and is taught to the practitioner.


Importantly, it is a self-induced relaxation, in contrast to hypnosis, and it is often taught within the framework of a spiritual tradition. Is there any research that has identified an area of the brain that’s activated when people have precognitive images or thoughts of future events come to them? Cornell Professor Daryl Bem recently did a study that revealed that the human brain does seem to have some kind of innate precognitive powers, but pinpointing where in the brain these powers arise is near to impossible.
I imagine that what you’re describing, in terms of precognition and having a sense that something might occur or making a choice that in hindsight ends up being a good one, does come back to having access to a different way of thinking and perceiving that is offered by our right-hand side of the brain. And you’ll see that there are countless different systems and CDs out there that are focused on either specifically increasing one of the different types of brain waves, or in fact, reproducing a certain type of optimal brain wave pattern in people that has been associated with high performance.
I know there have been a lot of psychology experiments in terms of the effects that positive thinking or prayer can have, even at a distance, or the effect of the laying of hands on patients. And to me, that is really a key step forward for us, in that, here you have an illness that is an area of huge unmet need, and meditation has been shown to really help those people and give rise to a lot of benefit in terms of their emotional state. Jon Kabat-Zinn has done research in a wide range of different patients, including those with chronic pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis and anxiety.
We are now seeing a large number of companies, such as Google, that are now providing meditation to their employees.
Meditation addressing the psychological impact of disease on patients and their need for psychological and emotional support. The benefits of meditation extend far and beyond the time you may actually sit in a room meditating. The effects of meditation on the spiritual well-being of the practitioner, as well as the effects on their life and their way of interacting with the world, is another layer. As meditation offers you access to a different way of thinking and perceiving, a spiritual framework to the practice of meditation gives the practitioner some way of reconciling the experiences that they have during their meditation into their everyday lives. I would like to read it to you and see what are your thoughts and why you chose to put this in your book? Subjective experiences of meditators with this optimal brain wave pattern reveal that they experience bliss in this state. The research I did for both my PhD and my first post-doctoral research job was very much focused on the plasticity of the brain. If our neighborhoods are noisy, dangerous, hot, do not have trees, and are crowded, we will not live in physical peace.
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Cyrus wore this fashion fail while filming a music video with Lil' Kim, and no, that's not a joke. And this week, the multitalented actress looked slinky and sexy in black at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night. Jennifer's hair is beachy and beautiful, her accessories are minimal, and her makeup is flawless as usual. Use a pillow under your feet or bottom if needed in order to make sure your knees are level with your hips and your feet touch the floor.
The purpose of this charity walk is to prevent drunk drivers from ever even hitting the road. Not only that, but at the time of the crash that killed her daughter, he was out on bail from a previous drunk-driving offense!
MADD’s mission is also to pass legislation to increase the severity of the punishment for both first-time and repeat drunk drivers.
MADD also supports legislation that requires judges to make ignition interlock devices part of the sentence for both repeat and first-time drunk-driving offenders and the development of vehicles that do not allow drivers to operate the vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration higher than 0.8 percent.
In a fleeting effort to truly make a name for herself and her media firm, Celeste divorces her apathetic husband, Jesse, who seems to have lost all his drive. He's setting his biology lab coat aside and trying his hand at the world of competitive mixed martial arts. One can effortlessly practice TM in an airport, in the same house with kids running around, or at the office during break. The technique is designed to effortlessly allow the mind to settle inward to quieter levels of thought in the direction of greater energy and happiness within. People find their physical and mental health improves, their relationships become more harmonious, they have more energy and become more productive. I want to empower women, I want them to feel good about themselves and that's what the feedback is. This was particularly true for brain areas associated with attention, interoception and sensory processing. Interestingly, these changes involved the anterior cingulate cortex, a part of the brain that contributes to self-regulation, an important aspect when people start engaging with meditation practice. You may republish this post in unaltered form – On republishing it you must provide the link to this original post.
Our goal was to carefully, objectively, assess how effective TM would be, and we were impressed with the results, especially in the areas of trait anxiety and perfectionistic thinking,” she said. Researchers are finding that perfectionism can be a factor in those suffering from depression, eating disorders, social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. The belief is that when enough people begin practicing meditation that a critical mass will be reached and that it will positively impact to whole of society.
Here, at the two day-long affair at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, guests can experience traveling the world by taking in the sounds of Costa Rican folk music or perhaps by tasting a sweet or two from the Middle East.
It is important for me to take part in an event of this magnitude especially because of the message of peace and harmony, which is so important for me as an Israeli,” said Dr. The Harvard study also concluded that the rate of recidivism among participating inmates was 30-35 percent less than in four other treatment groups. To me, there were four key areas that might benefit: developing a practice routine, dealing with nerves, gaining an increased awareness of the body, and unlocking creativity. Kabat-Zinn has worked with the management of chronic pain as well as with specific clients with particular needs: prisoners, the mentally ill, sportsmen and lawyers to name but a few groups.
Instead of daydreaming or thinking of all the things you need to do, listen to the music with full attention. Lie for ten minutes only, so you don't get sleepy or restless.Be aware of your body, the whole body, of the stillness in the body and remain with this experience. But for a long time, these reports have mostly come from those who actually practice such techniques and the religious or philosophical texts that promoted them. At school, I became entranced by science and this interest led to me doing a PhD in neuroscience to deepen my understanding of how the brain gives rise to the human behavior that we can see. I think it was one of those things whereby, when you are a child, you don’t necessarily want to do what your parents do.
And in many cases, it is a mental technique that involves a reduction in logical processing in the brain, as well as relaxation of the body as a whole.
So we’re very rational, analytical and strategic, and our society in many ways encourages those characteristics.
You have the Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) meter, which basically measures the resistance of your skin, which seems to be an indirect measure of your level of alertness. This technology can have a lot of applications in terms of meditation because a lot of people try different types of meditation and can’t quite find the right type for them, or perhaps they are unsure about whether using a mantra or the breath as an effective way of reaching this state of relaxed alertness.
There’s been a lot of work out there that suggests that different patterns of brainwave activity can be correlated with different states of awareness or states of consciousness. Here in the UK, mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) it is now accepted by some of the regulatory bodies that dictate the types of treatment available to patients. In all of these patients, he has really shown that meditation can have a huge impact, in terms of not only alleviating symptoms and enhancing quality of life, but also just improving the individual’s ability to cope with the disease or its treatment.
Our modern healthcare systems are struggling under the burden of the number of patients that are presenting with diseases, particularly chronic diseases.
They believe that doing so is increasing productivity, reducing stress in the work place, reducing absentees from work, and boosting people’s creativity. A level of patient care that unfortunately due to time and resourcing pressure often gets overlooked. I am a strong believer that you can practice meditation, especially the kind of non-denominational MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) that Jon Kabat-Zinn put forward, and you can derive benefits from doing so.
Miley is totally trying a new edgy look lately, and while we love her cute cropped hairdo, this outfit is a total don't. Place your hands on the chair back as you gently stretch your rib cage upward and gently allow your upper body to twist as far as it is comfortable. Slowly release, then lift your chin toward the ceiling and your tailbone upward, allowing your spine to curve toward the floor. Place your right hand behind your back, a few inches from your spine, with your fingertips pointing away from your body. When Candace was told that the man would likely face little to no jail time for his crime, she decided to form MADD to make sure no other parent suffered the same loss she did and swore to make sure that stricter laws were put in place to keep people like the man that took her daughter’s life off the streets.
The organization also provides aid to victims and survivors of accidents caused by individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When she takes the time to genuinely reflect on the choice, she begins to see that her life took a harder turn than she'd anticipated without her main man around. The mind naturally gravitates to its silent source of restfulness and goes beyond thought all together. The technique is designed such that thoughts are not a problem at all and the mind effortlessly settles into the silent, rejuvenating experience of pure awareness or restful alertness, in which all thoughts and mental activity have been transcended. The underlying anatomical correlates of long-term meditation: larger hippocampal and frontal volumes of gray matter. The latter is something that people sometimes get mystical about,?but there is increasing research to suggest that it has a physiological and neurological basis. When your mind wonders off, gently return to the music, and continue to do that as often as your attention gets drawn away. Even though you might want to adjust the body as you go along or scratch yourself or the like, then relax towards this impulse and remain still, completely still. It seemed almost a natural step for me to turn my attention to meditation, to explore whether meditation has any effect on the brain, and, if so, what did that mean for us as human beings.
So it was really only in my twenties that I would say I started practicing mediation regularly. For me meditation is anything that is a mental technique that promotes stilling the mind and stilling the body. Meditation gives us a tool by which we can switch our brain activity from the left to the right brain, because sustained attention is a right-brained function, and in doing so, we gain access to a different way of thinking and perceiving.
This provides a concrete basis for an experience that meditators have been reporting over the years. When you are alert and prepared to take action, our whole body kicks into gear and parts of our nervous system kick in to make us ready for response. And so what the GSR does is it gives the meditator insight into what’s happening in their body and mind and the impact that different techniques can actually have on their internal state. So really there has to be some way of offering patients more holistic and supportive therapies, without that being associated with a dramatic increase in healthcare cost. In the work place, I can see its benefits in that I don’t become as stressed about deadlines or client problems in the way that I used to. However, there are also more deep-rooted effects of meditation that are linked to the use of meditation as part of a spiritual life.
It is therefore not an area that we would expect rational and analytical science to shed any light on. I had no siblings to share and learn the intricacies of gibing and taking with, thus I didn’t know the virtue of gibing.
Release by gently releasing your legs from the chair, rotating to one side and coming to a seated position. We find ourselves enjoying life more, and, as perception becomes clearer, finding more joy and beauty all around us. In the afternoon, for instance, after a long day full of activity, Savasana can be a good way of giving the body and nervous system a much-needed break.
If your concentration slips, and it usually does once in a while, and something else takes up your attention, then that's all right.
This is not to say that right-brained activity is better than the left-brained activity, but it complements it. Other subjective experiences have also been shown to have their basis in changes in the activity of specific areas of the brain. What the GSR is able to do is measure that response and give us a sense of how alert we are. Especially for beginners in meditation, using the GSR can give the practitioner some insight into what techniques seems to be work better than others. I just don’t think we have the instruments that can detect the subtle energy changes brought by meditation. In that respect, I see meditation as being a very cheap way of essentially giving patients a tool that they can use that really empowers them to take responsibility for their own health. Being able to put things into perspective, and being able to let go of that continuous striving and achieving, I would say is the way I have benefitted the greatest.
In the same way that connections between brain cells can be formed or strengthened, they can also be removed or weakened.
It's fitted near the top and the thigh area to highlight her cleavage and toned legs, and it juts out in multiple spots around the waist and lower bust line to create a perfect hourglass shape. Gently release, then turn your body so you are sitting on the opposite side of the chair and repeat the twist in the opposite direction. Rest your left arm in your lap or on the floor next to your right hip if it is comfortable to do so. Cindi’s daughter, Laura, became the nation’s youngest quadriplegic after a car accident caused by a drunk driver. But let go of the disturbance as soon as you discover it and return to the experience of stillness. If you start to look at where true insight stems from, it is from activity on both sides of the brain.
Meditation can be part of a new healthcare system where the patient takes as much of the responsibility as the doctor, not only tackling disease but also maintaining health. Whether enlightenment is, as some suggest, the manifestation of an optimal, high-performance brain wave pattern remains to be proven. This is a really important insight because when we look at most of us in adulthood, we have managed to accumulate what we refer to as emotional baggage during our lifetimes. Gently twist your torso, shoulders and head to the right while breathing deeply in and out for 20 to 30 seconds or until you have had enough. Laura lived seven short, medically difficult years before she succumbed to a seizure that left her brain dead as a result of her extensive injuries. You will always begin a programme of yoga poses by lying on the back for a while, while you experience the body and breath calm down. It might happen several ties; in a firm but patient way you return to the technique every time.
But we do know that meditation is a tool that can change brain activity to bring it closer to this optimal, high-performance brain wave pattern. This emotional baggage is essentially a collection of conditioned responses that are the result of our experiences. Together, the two formed an organization that continues to bring the number of drunk-driving-related deaths down and keep drunk drivers off the road.
Following a group of poses like that, lie in Savasana for a moment before doing the next group.Savasana should not be confused with Yoga Nidra, meditative deep relaxation, in which you also lie still on the back. By listening to the instructions from the teacher or the CD your awareness is guided throughout the body, to the breath and to various pictures and symbols, at a somewhat brisk but calm pace.
Every time you get lost in a thought and forget what you are actually doing, the instructions pick you up again and lead you back.
In that way, Yoga Nidra makes it easy, even for beginners, to enter a very deep relaxation. You should have a prior experience with Yoga Nidra to fully appreciate Savasana.If you meditate, Savasana can enrich your meditation, as the ability to be still is an important prerequisite if you really want to go deep.
You will also find various meditation techniques where you meditate on stillness.In Savasana you maintain, in a relaxed way, the experience of the whole body lying still.
Then you can use breath awareness for about one minute, right in the beginning of the ten minutes, to deepen your state.
But only for one minute.Savasana is silence, the body doesn't make a sound, it is completely motionless, not a finger moves.



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