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A Fear-Orientation is Killing You!

  • October 26, 2012
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In our modern world of green-house fears, war atrocities, environmental pillaging, and global threats the social media is rife with stories of conspiracy, fear, and apocalyptic preparedness. What is this focus doing to us? While it's not advisable to put…

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Physiological effects of Transcendental Meditation

  • September 21, 2012
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It seems like it should almost be common knowledge that meditation has direct and beneficial physiological effects and vast health benefits, yet there are still many who either don't know this, pretend it's not validated by science, or deny its…

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What’s Your Excuse?

  • September 18, 2012
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Recent research this century has shown that meditation is applicable to, and effective for, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, stress, emotional regulation, addictions, psychosis, neurogenesis, dimentia, memory recall, cognitive acuity, pain management, somatic symptom control, hormonal regulation, genetic functioning, sports performance,…

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The Depression-Disease Domino Effect

  • August 22, 2012
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Your thoughts and perception create the environment of the brain and vice versa.  It's the chicken and egg conundrum--is the thought the signal for the strss response, or is the brain chemistry the signal for the thought?  No matter which…

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Minimize Stress, Extend Your Life

  • August 21, 2012
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Sometimes we search for cures for symptoms and ignore the cause.  Stress, even low but chronic levels, is the most important variable factor in determining life-span according to "Wired" (neuroscience magazine).  It's no joke that meditation is at the top…

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Raising Your Sword to Battle an Illusion

  • August 2, 2012
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Our nervous system is a miraculous and complex network of information and control mechanisms.  Our SNS (sympathetic nervous system) readies us for action, to mobilize, to activate, charge, fight or flea..among many other things.  Our PNS (parasympathetic nervous system) calms…

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Meditation, an Anti-Inflammatory?

  • July 30, 2012
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The PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) did a study in 2010 with 124 adults which showed that social stressors and pressure (such as public speaking) greatly increased an individual's inflammatory markers. Inflammation is the result of free-radical…

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How Can Memory Improve Your Life?

  • July 26, 2012
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According to Congressman Tim Ryan in his book A Mindful Nation, "When people have higher working memory capacity they can pay better attention, can solve problems more readily, and have more fluid intelligence--they use facts rather than just know them.  Those…

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Oxytocin…it isn’t all good!

In Dr. Stephen Porges' profound book The Polyvagal Theory, he notes the "neuroendocrine and autonomic systems that permit high levels of social behavior and social bonds regulate the management of stressful experiences and the capacity of the mammalian body to heal…

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You are Five Times More Likely to Stress

  • June 20, 2012
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Science now says we have 100 billion neurons in the brain. There are 5 times as many neuronal networks allocated for threat detection than there are for non-threat input. This is why negativity is so easy to default to AND so…

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