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Learn to Meditate
Third Wednesday of the month, 12 - 1pm
Please register prior to session.
April 17, May 15, June 19
Recent Articles on the Benefits of Meditation
Five Ways Mindfulness Meditation Is Good for Your Health Jill Suttle, UC Berkeley, October 24, 2018
"Research suggests that mindfulness benefits our bodies, not just our minds.
In recent decades, researchers have been gaining insight into the benefits of practicing this ancient tradition. By studying more secular versions of mindfulness meditation, they’ve found that learning to pay attention to our current experiences and accept them without judgment might indeed help us to be happier. Studies to date suggest that mindfulness affects many aspects of our psychological well-being—improving our mood, increasing positive emotions, and decrreasing our anxiety, emotional reactivity, and job burnout.
But does mindfulness affect our bodies as well as our minds?
Recently, researchers have been exploring this question—with some surprising results. While much of the early research on mindfulness relied on pilot studies with biased measures or limited groups of participants, more recent studies have been using less-biased physiological markers and randomly controlled experiments to get at the answer. Taken together, the studies suggest that mindfulness may impact our hearts, brains, immune systems, and more…"
Read the whole article here – it highlights relevant studies and allows you to review the research.
When Science Meets Mindfulness
Alvin Powell, The Harvard Gazette, April 19, 2018
... "Shapero is working with Gaelle Desbordes, an instructor in radiology at HMS and a neuroscientist at MGH's Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, to explore one alternative approach: mindfulness-based meditation.
In recent decades, public interest in mindfulness meditation has soared. Paralleling, and perhaps feeding, the growing popular acceptance has been rising scientific attention. The number of randomized controlled trials — the gold standard for clinical study — involving mindfulness has jumped from one in the period from 1995‒1997 to 11 from 2004‒2006, to a whopping 216 from 2013‒2015, according to a recent article summarizing scientific findings on the subject.
Studies have shown benefits against an array of conditions both physical and mental, including irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. But some of those findings have been called into question because studies had small sample sizes or problematic experimental designs. Still, there are a handful of key areas — including depression, chronic pain, and anxiety — in which well-designed, well-run studies have shown benefits for patients engaging in a mindfulness meditation program, with effects similar to other existing treatments…"
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Free Phone App to help Develop your Practice
Insight Timer – This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices. It allows you to set a timer and to listen to free guided meditations, music.
Patricia Woods, BCC, LPC
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010