Not too long ago, most of us thought that the brain we're born with is static-that after a certain age, the neural circuitry cards we're dealt are the only ones we can play long-term. Fast-forward a decade or two, and we're beginning to see the opposite: the brain is designed to adapt constantly.
Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her - that meditating can literally change your brain.
The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven't heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working in today's complex business environment, and certainly every leader, should know about.
Mindfulness, the practice of staying aware and in sync with yourself and your surroundings often characterized by sitting in total silence with legs crossed, eyes shut and palms facing upwards, would seem like something only monks would appreciate. But mindfulness is a practice that all of us could use, especially in our stressful, fast-paced, 9-to-5 city lives.
Many people practice meditation in hopes of staving off stress and stress-related health problems, even though the evidence for doing so is spotty. A new study that analyzed the results of nearly 50 solid clinical trials of meditation shows that mindfulness meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain.
Many educators are introducing meditation into the classroom as a means of improving kids' attention and emotional regulation. A five-minute walk from the rickety, raised track that carries the 5 train through the Bronx, the English teacher Argos Gonzalez balanced a rounded metal bowl on an outstretched palm.
The practice of intentional, nonjudgmental awareness of moment-to-moment experience has been practiced since ancient times in both East and West. Wisdom traditions have for thousands of years recommended mindful practice in a variety of forms to cultivate well-being in an individual's life. Now science is confirming these benefits.
Could the practice of mindfulness meditation work as a drug-free pain reliever? A new study puts it to the test, and finds the alternative therapy really can help ease pain. Not only that, it appears to do so using a different pathway in the body than addictive opioid painkillers.
If you've been struggling with losing weight, reducing stress, keeping your blood sugar levels under control or minimizing your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, and success has eluded you, researchers say learning how to practice more mindfulness may help.
Over 100 million Americans are impacted by chronic pain, which is the leading cause of disability in the United States. The financial toll of pain is estimated to be $560 to $630 billion annually between the cost of medical expenses and absenteeism.
Meditation isn't just for monks seeking enlightenment -- scientific research shows that athletes can also benefit from the practice. The improved concentration, relaxation and endurance that result from meditation help athletes of all ages excel. Visualization techniques employed during meditation can also lead to success on the track, court or...