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Mindfulness Meditation: A Miracle Drug August 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Mindfulness Meditation technique is taught at over 200 hospitals around the country for good reason:

* it lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and minimizes the risk of stroke

* it causes physical changes in the brain that protect us as we age.

* it tunes out the mind’s inner chatter and allows people to really notice what’s going on around them

* it allows participants to anchor their awareness in the present

* it reshapes the brain in beneficial ways, and protects cells from damage associated with aging

* it increases pain tolerance, improves cognitive functioning, and decreases the risk of depression

* it decreases anxiety, and protects against normal deterioration in the brain from aging

Ahh . . .

The magic sound of Ohmmm . . . .

To read the entire AARP article:  Mind Changing Meditation

Related articles:  Meditation Goes Mainstream * Take A Break:  Meditate * Meditation:  Not Just For Yogis * 5 Myths About Meditation (Find Your Middle Ground)

Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Rr August 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness.
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Reflection

The roads are different, the goal is one.

Look deep ~ the answers lie within.
The spark of divine spirit knows where it’s been

Pause and Reflect.

Silence the mind, just be, focus on your breath.  It bubbles with energy, and overflows with bliss.

Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits. ~ Satchel Paige

Don’t just do something, sit there.

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~ William Penn

In stillness lies truth.

Religion

God has no religion. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

God requires no synagogue, except in the heart. ~ Hasidic saying

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. ~ Lenny Bruce

I’m giving up Catholicism for Lent.

What we do with our attention is more important than symbolic sounds and gestures. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we focus on rites and rituals, we risk losing touch with the essential meaning behind the practice, which is to connect with the Spirit within.

Going to church is against my religion. ♥ ♥ ♥ ~ J.F.

Moving from the outer forms and institutions of religion to the more essential principles of spirituality is a good and significant option ~ as is any sacred tradition which encourages us to be open to divine presence, both within and without. ~ Lama Surya Das

Relinquish

Donald-DirectorWhen we release our attachments, we open our hearts to the world, and see the path unfolding before us.

When we hang on to our opinions and judgments, there is no room for anything else. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we let go of all attachments and expectations, we see through the roles, veils, and masks that obscure the Spirit within. 

You must empty yourself of the past, in order to receive the present. ~ Zen Parable

Letting go is the path to freedom. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we relinquish, or renounce, the extraneous, we are left with the essential, which cannot be lost.  ~ Lama Surya Das

When we stop clinging to ego attachments, we lighten our load and learn who we truly are. ~ Lama Surya Das

How refreshing the whinny of a pack horse fully unloaded! ~ Classic Haiku

When we choose to just be, our authentic presence is revealed.

Risk

Life is a daring adventure, or it is nothing. ~ Helen Keller

Take risks.

I would rather be a failure at something I love to do, than a success at something I don’t. ~ George Burns

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

Rock the Boat

Shake yourself loose from your moorings.

Ships are safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. ~ Michael Lillie

Revel in uncertainty.

Life is a series of bizarre twists and turns.  Enjoy the ride.