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November is ‘Connection’

November is Connection

“Only through our connection with others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others” Harriet Lemer Recently, I was out celebrating the Spring sunshine with a friend, taking our favourite walk along the clifftop path that runs along our […]

Meditation Research Update

Brain Research Meditation

Brain changes that link mindfulness meditation with health-related benefits New research from Carnegie Mellon University provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation training with health in stressed adults. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, […]

Science of Meditation: Brain Health

QM Find The Stillness CD

We all want a healthy brain .. and in recent years there has been a growing library of research in the field of neuroscience and how the brain is positively impacted by the practice of meditation. Watch this excellent TEDxCambridge video by Sara Lazar (Neuroscientist) on how meditation can reshape our brains .. and Sara […]

What About The Research

Learn Teach

I am fully immersed in new studies at the moment .. excitedly undertaking teachings in a new meditation practice plus meditation teaching program, and loving every minute! But today I felt I had reached a tipping point in my accumulation of documents, and I really needed to take some time to get organised. Alongside the […]

Meditation In The News: May 2015

Meditation In The News

I was pulled up by someone recently .. where was my ‘meditation in the news’ report? What I had intended to be a weekly write-up .. had slipped from my view, but obviously not from one of my lovely tribe! And at a time when there is SO MUCH in the media about meditation and […]

Meditation To Work Smarter

Working Smarter Corporate Research Meditation

New research from INSEAD and The Wharton School, to be published in Feb issue of Psychological Science (journal of the Association for Psychological Science) – has shown that one 15-minute focused-breathing meditation may help people make smarter choices. Across a series of studies it was found that mindfulness meditation, which cultivates awareness of the present […]

Meditation In Education

kid deck meditating

The infographic below caught my eye (from YogaDork who is always insightful, witty and thought-provoking) on the same day as an article from ABC News (America)”Meditation Helps Kids Chill Out, Reduce Impulsivity” arrived on my desk. The article mentioned some recent research studies which support the often talked about positive benefits when children learn meditation. […]

Meditation & Multi-tasking

busy multi-tasking corporate stress

A study from the University of Washington Information School professors David Levy and Jacob Wobbrock suggests that meditation training can help people working with information stay on tasks longer with fewer distractions and also improves memory and reduces stress. “To our knowledge, this is the first study to explore how meditation might affect multitasking in […]