Research has shown inexplicably that meditation/mindfulness assists with aging challenges, weight loss, addiction, sleep issues, improving mood (happiness, resiliency, optimism), decreasing stress, strengthening immune systems, to name just a few. The list goes on and on as you can see below.
RESEARCH & ARTICLES:
• TED video – How Meditation Changes the Brain w/neurologist Sara Lazar
• Mindfulnet.org (their research page has over 600 studies in mindfulness)
• Pro-Talk / A Rehabs.com Community: Is Mindfulness an Emerging Treatment for Addiction?
• The Atlantic: Treating Chronic Pain with Meditation
• NY Times: How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body
• Harvard Gazette: Meditation’s Positive Residual Effects
• Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, PhD’s website… view over 20 science papers on mindfulness and meditation (subhead #4)
• Medical News Today: Cognition Improved by Mindfulness Meditation
• From OM to OMG: Science, Your Brain, and the Productive Powers of Meditation from Fast Company
• Psychiatry Research: Mindfulness Practice Leads to Increases in Regional Brain Gray Matter Density
• NY Times: Can Meditation Curb Heart Attacks?
• NY Times : Study Suggests Meditation Can Help Train Attention
• UCLA Study on Mindfulness by Greg Flaxman and Lisa Flook, PhD
• National Center for Biotechnology Information: Meditation Creates Genetic Changes
• Video – Science of Mindfulness (based on an eight year study)
• NY Times: How Meditation May Change the Brain
• Meditation’s Positive Residual Effects (study of compassion meditation and mindful attention meditation)
SPECIFICALLY FOR BUSINESS:
• Just read this… The average worker is interrupted once every 11 minutes; it takes @ 25 minutes for that worker to regain focus.
• Why CEO’s Need Expanded Awareness by JD Messinger
• Bill George/Harvard Business School: Resilience Through Mindful Leadership/The Huffington Post
• Video – Mind and It’s Potential: You Are Not Your Brain (:30 w/Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz on science of mindfulness and brain change)
• The Huffington Post: Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America’s Bottom Line by Arianna Huffington
• Time Magazine: Just Say Om
• Powerful video – The Mindful Revolution: Exploring How Mindfulness Can Transform Education
• Quote from Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan’s book, A Mindful Nation, How a Simple Practice Can Help us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.
“A recent CASEL (Collaborative for Academics, Social & Emotional Learning) meta-analysis of reports on 213 programs for children age 5-18 indicates that SEL programs (ie, mindfulness programs) improve students’ social-emotional skills, attitudes about self and others, connection to school, and positive social behavior; and they reduce conduct problems and emotional distress. Students’ achievement-test scores increased by 11-17 percentile points.”
• Video – How to Make Stress Your Friend.
• Video: Train Your Brain to Relax.
• Video – Sogyal Rinpoche answers the question “Why meditate?” We meditate to return to full knowing. A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is also the author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. The Ultimate Goal of Meditation—Discovering Who We Really Are
• Videos – Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (Jon is a scientist, writer, and meditation/mindfulness teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society). See him here: Life is Right Now, What is Mindfulness?, Compassion and Mindfulness, Befriending Our Bodies, As Good As It Gets
• Just read this – Several years ago, the National Science Foundation published a study which quantified the activity of the brain. According to that study, the average person thinks one thousand thoughts per hour, or about twelve thousand thoughts per day.
• Video – Andy Puddicombe: All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes
• Video – Jack Kornfield, PhD – author and speaker. He is one of the key teachers in introducing mindfulness and vipassana meditation to the West. See him here: Body Meditation
• Just read this… Research has also proven that meditators, as they age, secrete more of the youth-related hormone DHEA than non-meditators. Women and men in their mid forties had, on average, respectively, 47% and 23% more DHEA than non-meditators – DHEA helps decrease stress, heighten memory, preserve sexual function, and control weight. Low levels of DHEA have been linked with a variety of diseases and with increased mortality.
Always more to come…