Category Archives for "Exercises"

Mindful magazine: Taking Time for What Matters

Mindful magazine provides a wealth of research and resources on the impact of mindfulness and compassion practices on our society today. From the February 2014 issue, in-depth articles on Taking Time for What Matters: In education: “A Matter of Death and Life” explores the experiences of high school seniors in Rochester, NY who practice both […]

Coming to Terms with the Teenage Brain

These weekly/monthly posts began January 28, 2008, with the e-newsletter: Mindfulness and Empathy Create Conscious, Compassionate Connection based on hearing Dan Siegel speak at Spirit Rock Meditation Center about his latest book Mindsight: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. I heard Dan speak at Spirit Rock Meditation Center again last week about his […]

Mindfulness is Time magazine’s cover story

(Mindfulness made the front cover of Time magazine last week; great timing with today’s e-newsletter on Daniel Goleman’s new book Focus. May both inspire you to focus attention on focused attention.) The Mindful Revolution by Kate Pickert Finding peace in a stressed-out, digitally dependent culture may just be a matter of thinking differently The raisins […]

Stoplight Exercise Gives a Green Light to Learning

(This post is excerpted from Daniel Goleman’s new book Focus) When second and third graders in a Seattle school are getting upset, they’re told to think of a traffic signal. Red light means stop – calm down. Take a long, deep breath and as you calm down a bit, tell yourself that the problem is […]

A Meaningful Life Is Healthier than a Happy One

The Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley posts research findings every day about The Science of a Meaningful Life. (I encourage you to subscribe and avail yourself of this amazing resource for recovering resilience.) A recent post reported on a research recently published in the Journal of Positive Psychology that discovered significant differences between […]

Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life

I’ve just read Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life by Michael Merzenich, PhD. Dr. Merzenich is considered by many to be the “father of brain plasticity.” After nearly five decades of research at the University of California – San Francisco into the functional organization and rehabilitation of the brain, […]

What Orbiting in Space Taught Me about Resilience

You may have already seen the YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield making a peanut butter and jelly burrito in outer space – on his 5-month mission on the International Space Station last year, orbiting the earth at 17,500 mph, seeing a sunrise every 92 minutes. Or heard his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh […]

The Benefits to the Brain of a Good Night’s Sleep

Dr. Matthew Walker at U.C. Berkeley’s sleep research lab has discovered some essential correlations between a good night’s sleep and better brain functioning. Whether you still sleep like a baby or struggle with stress or pain induced insomnia, it’s fascinating to learn what our brain is doing the one third of its daily life while […]

Meditation Changes Gene Expression

New research by scientists in Wisconsin, Spain and France indicates that even eight hours of intensive mindfulness practice by experienced meditators can reduce the activation of pro-inflammatory genes, which is turn correlates with faster physical recovery from stressful situations. Here’s the link to the study: http://www.news.wisc.edu/22370.  I’ve also included the entire article below. This week’s […]

Pause…for Presence…and Awe

Two poems, one practice below. As we enter this season of holy-days, spiritual traditions throughout the centuries and around the world have led us to moments of prayer – pausing to notice with reverence the miracles of creation, the light in the darkness, the turning of the spirit toward renewal and hope. The first poem […]

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