Mindfulness in the News


Why Should You Meditate?(Huffington Post, Mar 2016) by Jeena Cho. You are the only one who knows whether meditation is right for you or why you are interested in trying it. Still, it’s interesting to hear why someone might begin a meditation practice.


What is Happiness Anyway? (Mindfulness Magazine, June 2015) by Barbara Graham.  Happy.  What a tricky word.  Does it mean being free of all cares?  Do we suddenly let go of all our baggage?  The new science of happiness helps us find deeper meaning.


Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain (The Washington Post, May 26, 2015) by Brigid Schulte.  Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain.


Why Companies are Promoting Mindfulness in the Office (The Wall Street Journal, Mar 16, 2015) ​by Angela Chen.  It’s hardly news anymore when companies invest in lavish and quirky perks—from$10,000 furniture budgets to fancy cooking classes—but one surprising benefit has taken hold in corporations across the country: mindfulness training.


Meditation for a Good Night's Sleep (The New York Times, Feb 23, 2015) by Anahad O'Connor

You may be able to significantly improve your ability to get a restful night of sleep by practicing a popular form of meditation, a rigorous new study shows.


Study Says Meditation Could Protect The Brain From Signs Of Aging (Huffington Post, Feb 6, 2015) by Carolyn Gregoire.  A new wave of research has connected the ancient practice to many cognitive benefits, from greater attention and focus to reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression to improved cognitive control and executive functioning.


Meditation Changes the Brain’s Wiring and Mindset, Harvard Studies Show (Jan 16, 2015) by Debra Stern

Harvard University studies led by Sara Lazar proved that meditation practices actually create changes in the way the brain is wired and affects regions associated with stress, well-being and intelligence.


The #1 Health-Booster in 2015 (Parade Magazine, Jan 2015) by Virginia Sole-Smith.  Forget complicated New Year’s resolutions (you probably already have). Simply taking the time to meditate can make all the difference in your health and well-being this year.


Mindfulness (CBS 60 Minutes, Dec 2014) by Anderson Cooper. On a mindfulness retreat, Anderson Cooper puts down the microphone and learns to love silence, as well as life without a cell phone. Includes extra footage of the Newly Mindful Anderson Cooper, Mindfulness and Technology: Do They Mix?, and Why Practice Mindfulness.

Mind of the Meditator (Scientific American, Nov 2014), by Matthieu Ricard, Antoine Lutz and Richard J. Davidson.

Contemplative practices that extend back thousands of years show a multitude of benefits for both body and mind.


18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation(Mindful Magazine, Oct 2014) by Emma Seppälä. Emma Seppälä looks at the emerging science around the benefits of loving-kindness meditation. 


Mindfulness helps parents to cope with special needs (New York Times, Aug 2014), by Catherine Saint Louis.

Just six weeks of training in simple techniques led to significant reductions in stress, depression and anxiety among parents of children with severe developmental disabilities. 


Finding Peace Through Self-Acceptance, (Mindful Magazine, Aug 2014)  by Tara Brach.  

Feeling Overwhelmed? Remember "RAIN". Four steps to stop being so hard on ourselves. 

 

Learning to Pay Attention:  5 Steps to Mindfulness Meditation (Time Magazine, Jan 2014)

In the era of 24-hour digital distraction, the art of paying attention is increasingly difficult.  But for many, meditation can help.  Here are some tips to get you started.


The Art of Presence (New York Times Op-Ed Column, Jan 2014) by David Brooks.

Well written explanation of being present and "not fixing".


Teaching Mindfulness to Manage Stress (Fox News, Nov 2013)

A recent news report looks at how business leaders, politicians, and educators are using mindfulness to cope with stress. The news report includes interviews with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), author of A Mindful Nation, and Tara Brach, a long-time meditation practitioner.  


Mindfulness:  Learning to Live in the Moment  (MAYO Clinic Health Letter, Oct 2013 Supplement)

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be limited to a few minutes a day. In fact, you start to reap the most benefits when you bring a mindful approach to all aspects of your life, whether it’s washing the dishes, playing with your grandkids or having dinner with your spouse.


This is Your Brain on Meditation (Psychology Today, May 2013)
The science explaining why you should meditate every day from Use Your Mind to Change Your Brain. 

MPs Slow The Westminster Treadmill With Weekly 'Mindfulness' Meetings (Huffington Post, April 2013) by Ned Simons. The Vale of Clwyd MP is parliament's leading advocate of mindfulness - a form of meditation he describes as "the breath that allows us to anchor ourselves in the present". And the technique for battling stress has a growing fan base within the walls of the Palace of Westminster, where under-pressure politicians are being taught to spend less time focusing on the things that drain them.

Beyond the Brain (republished online from the National Geographic magazine, Mar 2005), by James Shreeve. For 2,500 years Buddhists have employed strict training techniques to guide their mental state away from destructive emotions and toward a more compassionate, happier frame of being. Spurred by the cascade of new evidence for the brain's plasticity, Western neuroscientists have taken a keen interest. Can meditation literally change the mind?