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  • Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain - Christina Conglton, Britta K. Hölzel,Sara W. Lazar - Harvard Business Review, Jan, 2015 -This year, a team of scientists from the University of British Columbia and the Chemnitz University of Technology were able to pool data from more than 20 studies to determine which areas of the brain are consistently affected. They identified at least eight different regions.
  • Mindfulness holds promise for treating depression - Stacey Lu, American Psychological Assn, Apr. 2015 - A new study on the approach to be published in a forthcoming issue of The Lancet found that MBCT helped prevent depression recurrence as effectively as maintenance antidepressant medication did. The study also found that MBCT had a larger effect on people with histories of more severe childhood abuse, which has been associated with a greater risk of relapse, than on participants overall. Strengths include is its lack of side effects, and that it can be used as an adjunct therapy.
  • Study shows clear new evidence for mind-body connection - Alberta Health Services - Nov. 2014 - For the first time, researchers have shown that practising mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. Telomeres – protein complexes at the end of chromosomes – maintain their length in breast cancer survivors who practise meditation or are involved in support groups, while they shorten in a comparison group without any intervention.
  • The Muddied Meaning of ‘Mindfulness’ -NY Times Magazine, Apr. 2015 - In the 1970s, Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist in New England and a longtime meditator in the Zen Buddhist tradition, saw in Rhys Davids’s word a chance to scrub meditation of its religious origins. Kabat-Zinn believed that many of the secular people who could most benefit from meditation were being turned off by the whiffs of reincarnation and other religious esoterica that clung to it.
  • Future Of Work: Mindfulness As A Leadership Practice - Jeanne Meister, Forbes - Apr. 2015- Office workers are interrupted or self-interrupt every three minutes during the day, with distractions coming from both digital and human forms. At this year’s World Economic Forum, mindfulness was one of the hottest topics, with multiple sessions not only devoted to the science behind mindfulness but also how to practice it.
  • Does Mindfulness Mean Anything? NC Public Radio -Jul. 2015 - Is there a problem with this tsunami of support for a scientifically based version of mindfulness? Thoughtful critics come in two flavors: those worried about the validity of the science; and those worried about the meaning of a secular "mindfulness" relative to its origins in the definitely spiritual practices of Buddhism and yoga.
  • Mindfulness, Getting Its Share of Attention - NY Times, Nov. 2013 - Everywhere lately, the here and now is the place to be.
  • Meditation as Object of Medical Research - News from Brown, Apr. 2014 - Mindfulness is always personal and often spiritual, but the meditation experience does not have to be subjective. Advances in methodology are allowing researchers to integrate mindfulness experiences with brain imaging and neural signal data to form testable hypotheses about the science — and the reported mental health benefits — of the practice.
  • Mindfulness helps undergraduates stay on track - Univ. of Miami - Jan. 2014 - For the study, 58 UM undergraduate students participated in an experiment testing the effectiveness of a seven-week mental training program designed to tame the mind wandering and increase focus. By the end of the training interval, the control group showed diminished attention and reported increased mind wandering, while those who participated in the program showed significant improvements in attention and no increase in reported mind wandering.
  • Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression, anxiety - Science Daily - Nov. 2014- Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and Region Skåne. This is the first randomized study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioral therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care.
  • Mindfulness protects adults' health from the impacts of childhood adversity - Temple Univ - Sep. 2014 - "Our results suggest that mindfulness may provide some resilience against the poor adult health outcomes that often result from childhood trauma," he said. "Mindfulness training may help adults, including those with a history of childhood trauma, to improve their own well-being and be more effective with children."
  • Mindfulness Associated with Better Health - News from Brown, Oct. 2014 - As noted more precisely in a new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, researchers at Brown University found a significant association between self-reported “dispositional mindfulness” and better scores on four of seven cardiovascular health indicators, as well as a composite overall health score.
  • Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity- Harvard Business Review, Mar. 2014 - There are many other advantages to mindfulness. It’s easier to pay attention. You remember more of what you’ve done. You’re more creative. You’re able to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. You avert the danger not yet arisen. You like people better, and people like you better, because you’re less evaluative. You’re more charismatic.
  • Mind over cancer: can meditation aid recovery? - The Guardian, Feb. 2014 - Breast cancer survivors who practised mindfulness were found to have increased calm and wellbeing, better sleep and less physical pain. Clinical trials by Oxford University have shown that mindfulness is as effective as antidepressants, and in patients with multiple episodes of depression can reduce the recurrence rate by 40-50% compared with usual care.
  • Only 25 Minutes of Mindfulness Meditation Alleviates Stress, According to Carnegie Mellon Researchers - Jul. 2014-New research from Carnegie Mellon University is the first to show that brief mindfulness meditation practice — 25 minutes for three consecutive days — alleviates psychological stress.
  • The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Education Program on Pre- and Early Adolescents’ Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence - 2010 - Schonert-Reichl K. , Lawlor M. S. Report findings of the results of a quasi-experimental study evaluating the effectiveness of the Mindfulness Education (ME) program. ME is a theoretically derived, teacher-taught universal preventive intervention that focuses on facilitating the development of social and emotional competence and positive emotions, and has as its cornerstone daily lessons in which students engage in mindful attention training (three times a day).
  • Mindfulness: The Juicy Stuff Beyond the Hype: Huff Post, Mar. 2014 - It is true that mindfulness reduces stress, enhances attention and creativity, improves self-awareness and leads to pleasant outcomes like productivity, promotions and prosperity. This stuff actually works. Efficacy is the number one reason mindfulness is becoming so popular so quickly.
  • Meditation: Healing more than just minds? Mindfulness intervention for people with diabetes, coronary heart disease - Science Daily - May, 2014 - Dr. Peter Coventry has said, "mindfulness based interventions appear to be an acceptable and effective way for some people with long term conditions to regain a sense of balance and self-determination in their lives by allowing them to accept their limitations and focus on what is achievable in the present rather than worrying about the past or what they might not be able to do in the future. In this sense it is a means to help people self-manage their illness and it has the potential to offer people long term benefits if practiced regularly and built into their daily routines."
  • Mindfulness Can Increase Wellbeing and Reduce Stress in School Children - Univ of Exeter, June, 2013- The researchers found that those children who participated in the mindfulness programme reported fewer depressive symptoms, lower stress and greater wellbeing than the young people in the control group. Encouragingly, around 80% of the young people said they continued using practices taught in MiSP's mindfulness curriculum after completing the nine week programme.
  • Mindfulness-based meditation helps teenagers with cancer - Universite de Montreal, Mar. 2014 - Mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer in teens, according to the results of a clinical trial intervention led by researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital.
  • Mindfulness techniques can help protect pregnant women against depression - University of Colorado at Boulder- Nov. 2014- Pregnant women with histories of major depression are at high risk of becoming depressed again in the months before and after their babies are born. A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder found that practicing mindfulness techniques--such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga--could help protect these women against a recurrence.
  • Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation - Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison- Dec. 2013 - 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.
  • Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Creativity: An Interactive Exploration - Robert M Bilder, PhD, Tennebaum Family Endowed Chair in Creativity Research at UCLA, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Mindfulness training for memory impaired, their caregivers - Northwestern University- Nov. 2014 - Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study.
  • Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Loneliness in Older Adults, Carnegie Mellon Study Shows - Carnegie Mellon- Jul, 2013 - "We know that loneliness is a major risk factor for health problems and mortality in older adults. This research suggests that mindfulness meditation training is a promising intervention for improving the health of older adults."
  • Making a Case for Teaching Mindfulness in the Schools, By Theo Koffler on Aug 9, 2013 in August Newsletter, Lifestyle - With increasing numbers of students entering high school struggling to live happy and productive lives, the time is ripe for a type of education that serves the development of the whole person. Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) does just that. It is referred to as the “missing piece” in education and is a growing body of work that is being researched worldwide.
  • Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits - Center for Addiction and Mental Health - Aug. 2014 - The research showed that frequent health service users who received mindfulness-based cognitive therapy showed a significant reduction in non-mental health care visits over a one-year period, compared with those who received other types of group therapy.
  • Staying Well: A Clinical Trial of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Education Groups for HIV - - To examine the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and education groups on HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome) infection. Key outcomes include CD4 and viral load, stress hormones, depression and quality of life.
  • Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being - A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis - JAMA Internal Medicine - March, 2014j-clinicians should be prepared to talk with their patients about the role that a meditation program could have in addressing psychological stress.
  • Mindfulness therapy comes at a high price for some, say experts - The Guardian, Aug, 2013 - Much-hyped therapy can reduce relapses into depression – but it can have troubling side effects
  • Mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety, mental stress - researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD sifted through nearly 19,000 meditation studies, they found 47 trials that addressed those issues and met their criteria for well-designed studies. Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that mindfulness meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. a mindfulness-based stress reduction program helped quell anxiety symptoms in people with generalized anxiety disorder, a condition marked by hard-to-control worries, poor sleep, and irritability.
  • A neural basis for benefits of meditation - Brown University, Mindfulness meditation training in awareness of present moment experience, such as body and breath sensations, prevents depression and reduces distress in chronic pain. In a new paper, Brown University scientists propose a neurophysiological framework to explain these clinical benefits.
  • Mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety, mental stress - Havard Health Blog - Jan. 2014 - Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says that mindfulness meditation makes perfect sense for treating anxiety
  • Mindfulness Starts With the Body: A View from the Brain - TEDxCollegeHill - Catherine Kerr - Video
  • Say OM - Mindfulness Makes a Difference in the Lives of Urban Youth - Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health - 2011 - Teaching stressed children how to regulate emotions may provide them with new skills that promote healthy stress-response systems in the brain and may also enable them to avoid the downward trajectory faced by many at-risk youth as they progress through adolescence into adulthood
  • The role of mindfulness in the cognitive-behavioural treatment of problem gambling. Journal of Gambling Issues, Jan.2007-Given the prominence of distorted thinking among problem gamblers and the difficulty in modifying them, mindfulness meditation holds promise as an adjunctive intervention to help problem gamblers learn to cope with gambling-relevant cognitive distortions. A case study is presented illustrating the integration of mindfulness meditation into treatment for problem gambling
  • Time perception altered by mindfulness meditation - New published research from psychologists at the universities of Kent and Witten/Herdecke has shown that mindfulness meditation has the ability to temporarily alter practitioners’ perceptions of time – a finding that has wider implications for the use of mindfulness both as an everyday practice, and in clinical treatments and interventions.
  • The mindful brain: If the Buddha was a neuroscientist" by Philippe Goldin, PhD - There is an evolving contemplative neuroscience that is delineating how we transform ourselves from anxious, overwhelmed, and inattentive creatures to beings that can develop laser-beam attention, refined emotion regulation skills, and a genuine motivation to care for others. And it is all happening in the brain, body, and society. This talk will provide a glimpse into the cutting-edge field of contemplative science and how new neuroimaging research is being applied at Google, in mental health clinics, and beyond!
  • Stop Making Up the Rules, Roddy Gibbs, 2013, Mindful Way to Study, - It’s common for new meditators to question whether or not they’re doing something wrong.
  • The Mindfulness Solution Website: Meditations, articles, & more
  • You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help., Marc Parry, published in The Chronicle - Participants scrutinize their use of technology: how much time they spend with it, how it affects their emotions, how it fragments their attention.
  • Mindfulness starts with the body: somatosensory attention and top-down modulation of cortical alpha rhythms in mindfulness meditation - Catherine E. Kerr, Matthew D. Sacchet, Sara W. Lazar, Christopher I. Moore, and Stephanie R. Jones - Using a common set of mindfulness exercises, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been shown to reduce distress in chronic pain and decrease risk of depression relapse.
  • Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus -News Release from University of California - Santa Barbara. - According to a study by researchers at the UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve one's reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus.
  • Health Benefits of Reduced Stress - We share this article with you because it is a reminder that when our body is not stressed, it has more capacity to engulf bacteria without a fight. A new study suggests mindfulness training can help high-stressed U.S. military groups prepare for deployment to Iraq.
  • Using Mindfulness to Create Real Happiness at Work - Book - "We discover that it’s possible to be competitive without being cruel – and committed without being consumed.”
  • Mindfulness Training Helpful for the Military A new study suggests mindfulness training can help high-stressed U.S. military groups prepare for deployment to Iraq.
  • Mindfulness Therapy Might Help Veterans With Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Science Daily, April, 2013
  • Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. - Davidson R, Schumacher, JRosenkranz M, Muller D, Santorelli SF, Urbanowski F, Harrington A, Bonus K, and Sheridan JF
  • Mindfulness Meditation: How It Works In The Brain - Review - Huffpost, Healthful Living, June 2013 - Researchers postulate that mindfulness meditation plays a role in the controlling of cortical alpha rhythms, which have been shown in brain imaging studies to play a role in what senses our bodies and minds pay attention to.
  • What are the benefits of mindfulness? - Review - Daphne M. Davis, PhD, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, PhD - American Physcological Association, July 2012 - A wealth of new research has explored this age-old practice. Here's a look at its benefits for both clients and psychologists.
  • Meditation and exercise are effective cold and flu fighters - NY Daily News - July, 2013 - A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found 'a 40 to 50 percent reduction in respiratory infections' among subjects who followed a daily exercise routine and meditated for 45 minutes a day.
  • 5 New Year's Resolutions For The Mindful Traveler - Forbes, Dec. 2013 - Mindfulness can be, if taken seriously—but not too seriously—applied to travel as well. The way we approach visiting new places, physically getting to them, and the experience of intersecting with otherness, speak volumes about who we are as travelers.
  • Teaching Mindfulness to Your Children - pdf doc, Karen E Hooker, Psy D & Iris E Fudor, PhD

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