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  1. #11
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    Re: Free Mindfulness Resources & More

    23tana - thanks, I'm glad you are enjoying the art side of it. Mindfulness can be applied to anything but its nice to see something specific like that which can help. Art therapy is used with children too and I can that appealing to them.

    Logan_Five - your welcome mate.
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    Thanks Terry. I am currently doing the Finding Peace in a Frantic World course. It's a lovely book.
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    Yes, I have that one too. They do well to keep out the jargon and limit the user examples.

    Its very easy to follow too. Of course, it does open the door to a lot of Mindful eating of chocolate
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    Harvard University scientists have published the results of an 8-week study that used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the effects of meditation on the brain. Participants in the study practiced forms of mindfulness meditation every day for approximately 30 minutes. Mindfulness is a meditation style that emphasizes maintaining an objective awareness of sensations, feelings and states of mind.

    MRIs were taken at the beginning and end of the 8-week study. From the results, researchers determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in just 8 weeks—making this the very first study to document that meditation produces this kind of change over time. The changes observed in the meditators were not seen in the control group, signifying that they had not come about naturally over time, but rather that the daily act of meditating had produced them.
    The Harvard study found that meditation can increase the density of the gray matter in the hippocampus, specifically. According to the Harvard Gazette, the hippocampus is, “known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.”
    Participants also reported reductions in stress after the 8 weeks, which makes sense, as over the course of the study, the gray-matter density in the amygdala—which is known to play an important role in stress and anxiety—decreased.

    This study is groundbreaking and empowering in that it shows that we have the power to change the structure of our own brains: to improve our memory and learning capacities, and to become more compassionate and self-aware.
    I did not know this, very interesting

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    Yes, Sam, there are various studies available on Mindfulness in its MBCT form and many more on its MBSR form. MrAndy posted a link to the one you have found a few months back and from that I found other useful studies.

    There is also another school of Buddhism which uses Compassion meditation.

    I've read about this a while back when I was reading about a study on Mindfulness changing physical brain structures from scans and this appeared to also have merits from a different angle. I don't know much about it but I get the impression that its form of acceptance is based on compassion to oneself & others as opposed to acceptance from non judgement as seen in Mindfulness although Mindfulness is said to do some of the same things.

    They've done studies of this. There is evidence that this form of meditation engages the compassionate parts of the brain to train empathy & positive thinking:

    http://www.investigatinghealthyminds...editation.html

    Changing your Brain and Generosity Through Compassion Meditation Training

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...ssionate-brain

    Another one:

    http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/arti...th_mindfulness

    And a 2008 study from Stanford University found that teaching a loving-kindness meditation to non-meditators—a practice involving sending out good wishes to oneself, a loved one, and a stranger, often taught in conjunction with mindful breathing practices—can have positive effects on one’s mood and on positive evaluations of strangers. And this after only after seven minutes of training!

    And one for Mindfulness showing how it impacts on compassion as measured in a study:

    http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/arti...sionate_action

    Its still a school of Buddhism. So, maybe we should be studying from 2 schools to cover both angles?

    I find this interesting too because it talks about how there is an impact just by being in a room of meditators even if you aren't taking part.

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    I should also add that in some of the resources I posted in my initial post on this thread, there was also a Loving-Kindness meditation. Since its a school on its own, there are other practitioners that specialise in writing books for it so this might only be a taster of what it can achieve.
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    My name is Terry.
    Thankyou so much for all of your useful information. I have now bought myself a mindfulnes CD so am looking forward to trying it. Thanks again hopey

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    My name is Terry.
    Thankyou so much for all of your useful information. I have now bought myself a mindfulnes CD so am looking forward to trying it. Thanks again hopey

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    Thanks hopey, I hope it helps you.

    For some of us it can take some time for it to click but some seem to pick it up very easily. One thing I have also learnt is that its best to keep it up because whilst anxious you can reactivate the old thinking that remains in the subconscious. Professor Mark Williams describes it as a life skill as opposed to just a therapy and this makes sense because we really have to keep practicing CBT ongoing to avoid slipping back into the traps.
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    This is a great Thread Terry. Thank you for doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIsTerry View Post
    Thanks hopey, I hope it helps you.

    For some of us it can take some time for it to click but some seem to pick it up very easily. One thing I have also learnt is that its best to keep it up because whilst anxious you can reactivate the old thinking that remains in the subconscious. Professor Mark Williams describes it as a life skill as opposed to just a therapy and this makes sense because we really have to keep practicing CBT ongoing to avoid slipping back into the traps.
    This is the crucial element for me in relation to mindfulness. I've noticed that when I feel a little better overall and less afraid, my mindfulness is less attentive. That's how I ended up with a relapse over Christmas. Lesson learnt lol I now try and practice mindfulness as often as possible for the day now no matter what I am doing.

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    So I wonder if I do this without conscious thought. I never think about thinking positive, I just do it. It is my life now. That is probably the key to my continued recovery, it takes a negative thought to open those closed doors. They are staying closed.

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