Train Your Mind Using Mindfulness To Create Peace And Joy

In the mindfulness section of THE DAILY MEDITATION we share with you all the best ways to integrate mindfulness into your daily life.

Dispositional Mindfulness Guide—Develop The Trait Of Awareness

What’s better between mindfulness and mindfulness? Trick question. The two types of mindfulness (dispositional mindfulness or “trait” mindfulness, and state mindfulness) are both excellent for our health. However, it’s important to understand the difference between the two, and we meditators really should practise both of them. If you want to get the most out of your meditation and mindfulness practice, you need to understand how to do both these methods, and the benefits of each. Let’s take a look at trait mindfulness vs state mindfulness, and then discuss ways to improve both. Dispositional (Trait) Mindfulness VS State Mindfulness Before we look…

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Virtual Mindfulness Community Helps Depression, Anxiety [Research]

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  Over the past few years, we’ve seen the rise of many mindfulness communities around the world, with notable mindful communities in Toronto, Houston, New Orleans and other cities, and some specialising in communities for blacks and women. New scientific research reveals big benefits of mindfulness community intervention for stress, anxiety, and depression, and especially for university students. It’s no surprise, but we are currently in the midst of a mental health crisis, made worse by the current pandemic. This has led to a rise in stress, anxiety and depression. And many of the sources of help that people turn…

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Mindful Hypnotherapy For Stress—Research Reveals Benefits

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Waco, Texas, U.S—New research by Baylor University reveals benefits of mindful hypnotherapy for stress. Research conducted by Baylor University in Waco, Texas and published by International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, shows positive results of using mindful hypnotherapy for stress. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment without judgment. Researcher Gary Elkins, Ph.D. [director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory, Baylor University] says “It can help people cope with stress, but can require months of practice and training.” Hypnotherapy is a “type of alternative medicine in which hypnosis is used to create a state…

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Mindfulness VS Meditation: Are They The Same Thing?

As a meditation teacher, many of my students ask me, “Are mindfulness and meditation the same thing?” The difference between mindfulness and meditation can be a little confusing. The reason is that there are actually two different definitions of mindfulness. One is the original Buddhist meaning of the word. “Mindfulness Meditation” is an actual form of Buddhist meditation that is based around the idea of mindfully observing the present moment and labelling what we observe [for more on this, see my guide to Vipassana meditation]. The other definition of mindfulness is more open and versatile. It is the standard dictionary…

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How I Meditate With My Cats Every Day And Why

I absolutely love to meditate with my cats. My three little babies, Willow, Sebastian, and Pumpkin, are such angels. Each one of them is beautiful and has their own unique personality.  Pumpkin is the “lad” of the house and a real boy-cat. Sebastian is the most beautiful cat in the world and looks and acts like a catwalk model (pun intended). And Willow is my baby girl who is so loving you could cuddle her all day long. More than anything, I love sitting silently and meditating with my cats. I’ve always been a cat lover. I think cats are…

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Daily Mindfulness Routine Suggestions From Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen
dog walks can be part of a daily mindfulness routine

Daily Mindfulness Routine Suggestions From Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen have some great suggestions for your daily mindfulness routine. While we are all stuck at home because of the current situation, it is all too easy to slip into a state of stress and mindlessness. To counteract this, it is important to develop a daily mindfulness routine that helps you stay calm and focused at home. I previously wrote about the 40 best mindfulness activities. In that article I shared lots of ways that you can practice mindfulness at home throughout the day. Mindfulness, the simple practice of focusing the mind on the present moment…

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Famous Rugby Players Giving Mindfulness Lessons For Free

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Twickenham, U.K—Harleguin F.C rugby club is giving free online mindfulness lessons to help support mental health. When you think about meditation you probably don’t think “Rugby”. Mindfulness and meditation are more often associated with either spiritual gurus or girls in yoga pants. But stereotypes be damned, because now, the lads over at Harlequin F.C rugby club are offering online mindfulness lessons to players, partners, and very soon, the entire online community.  [READ: Best Free Online Yoga, Mindfulness Classes] Stereotypes be damned! Mindfulness is the state of being consciously aware of the present moment in a nonjudgmental way [READ: Mindfulness for…

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Mindfulness For Anxiety Classes Free Right Now Via Hopkins
Neda Gould is giving free mindfulness for anxiety classes via John Hopkins.

Mindfulness For Anxiety Classes Free Right Now Via Hopkins

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Washington—Hopkins offers free classes in mindfulness for anxiety to its community. Hopkins is currently giving free classes in using mindfulness for anxiety to its community. Classes are led by Neda Gould, [Director, Mindfulness Program at Johns Hopkins]. Guided meditations are given three times a week to help participants handle anxiety. Neda Gould is concerned about the growing levels of anxiety around the U.S. In order to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety she is offering free mindfulness classes. This is just one of the many free meditation and yoga classes being given around the world in response to COVID-19 [READ:…

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Developing Mindfulness Skills Is Natural As We Age, Says Research
Research shows that developing mindfulness skills is a natural part of aging

Developing Mindfulness Skills Is Natural As We Age, Says Research

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Adelaide, Australia—New research from Flinders University shows that developing mindfulness is a natural part of aging.   Getting old usually brings with it many challenges, but one benefit of aging, according to Flinders University, is that we natural develop mindfulness skills. [READ: Mindfulness For Beginners] Healthy aging researchers state that when we compare older people to younger people, one of the key differences is that older people exhibit increased mindfulness. Mindfulness, the state of being consciously aware of the present moment and without judgment, naturally grows as we age. This would seem to explain why older people are less reactive…

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MY COVID-19 Isolation Meditation Challenge For You

Looks like now is the perfect time for an isolation-meditation challenge...  Unless you've been living in a silent retreat like Jardeo Leto for the past 12 weeks, you probably know that COVID-19 is spreading, and self-isolation appears to be the key to saving lives. That’s why I’ve created my Isolation Meditation Challenge for you. [READ: Coronavirus And Meditation / Yoga] If you’ve been wondering what to do while self-isolating because of coronavirus, I have an idea for you. Use this time as an opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice. It might sound like a crazy time to focus on mindfulness…

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Mindful Lego Is All The Rage Now, Especially In Birmingham

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“Mindful LEGO” is one of the rising trends in the ever-burgeoning niche of mindfulness. One event in Birmingham UK proves just why we cannot get enough of mindfully putting LEGO blocks together. Take a look around this site and you will find literally hundreds of different mindfulness activities to try. One thing I didn’t see coming, however, was the rise of LEGO Mindfulness, which even has a book [LEGO: Build Yourself Happy: The Joy Of Play, available on AMAZON]. Well, come it did, and now LEGO mindfulness is a thing. Yes, the once Buddhist practice of mindfulness (which is being…

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5 Mindful Photography Exercises You’re Not Creative Enough To Try [Maybe]

In this guide, we will look at the best mindful photography exercises for beginners. Mindful photography is taking a stand against the current trend of mainstream competitive photography. It’s not about the one-upmanship or the desire to take the “best photo” and be number one. It’s a slower, more Zen style of photography. What Are Mindful Photography Exercises? Mindful photography exercises are of the many different kinds of mindfulness exercises. Just like with regular mindfulness meditation, the principle of mindful photography is to be consciously aware of the present moment and without judgment, while taking photos. Mindful photography exercises are…

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Breakthrough Study Reveals Impact of Mindfulness on Eating Disorders

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A new study has revealed the staggering impact of mindfulness on eating disorders. There are more than 30 million people in the U.S who suffer from some form of eating disorder. And every 62 minutes one person dies as a result of it. Indeed, eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness, and effect 13% of women in the U.S. An eating disorder is an illness characterised by irregular eating habits and concerns or distress about body shape or weight. The disorder results in unhealthy eating habits, usually characterised by eating excessive or inadequate food. Mindfulness is…

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Mindfulness Helps Prevent Addiction Relapse, Says New Study

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A new study has shown that mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse. [READ: Meditation For Cravings] Addiction is recognised as a disease that has a debilitating effect on the suffering, causing everything from depression and anxiety to social problems. Many people with addictions struggle to quit in the first place. The nightmare that often happens, however, is that even when someone is successful in quitting addictions they eventually experience a challenge in life that causes them to relapse. This happened to me, myself, when I quit smoking only to later relapse when my father died. Under certain circumstances, the temptation to…

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Dan Harris Has Great Ideas To Make Mindfulness A Daily Habit

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Dan Harris, the author of 10% Happier and the man behind its corresponding app, recently spoke to ABC about ways to make mindfulness a daily habit. It’s something many of us struggle with. We know from science that mindfulness and meditation are excellent for our health. The sheer list of scientifically proven benefits of meditation proves that. But even though we know that it’s good for us, many of us struggle to find the time every day to make mindfulness a daily habit. Many people are struggling to jostle mindfulness with their daily lives. The average person’s daily life in…

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Mindful Dieting Led To His 60 LBS Weight Loss Transformation

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Mindful dieting was the key to Jeremy Bromwell’s 60LBS weight loss transformation. When Bromwell, 38, was left incapacitated after a terrifying motorcycle accidence, he changed his relationship with food, learned to eat mindfully, and ultimately lost a staggering 60LBS. It’s a truly inspiring weight loss transformation, and one that was created from a heighten consciousness of food. Bromwell had always been a highly active person, running half marathons and lifting weights at the gym. But when he was hit by an SUV on October 14th, suddenly he was left unable to continue the exercise routine that had always kept him…

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5 Best Mindful Cookbooks with Buddhist Recipes (Yummy!)

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As a meditation teacher and amateur chef, there is nothing I love more than a good mindful cookbook or Buddhist cookbook so I can take my meditation practice to the kitchen. Mindful cooking combines the two things I love most. Preparing traditional Buddhist food in a mindful way is a treat for both the mind and the taste buds. You get that mindful-creativity in the kitchen while also getting to eat some pretty delicious Buddhist food. That's why cooking is one of my favorite mindful activities. In 2020 we are witnessing the explosion in popularity of both mindfulness and Buddhism.…

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How To Practice Mindfulness Without Meditation [10 Ways]

If you’re not interested in meditating, you might wonder how to practice mindfulness without meditation. As a meditation teacher, I often come across people who do not want to meditate. Sure, they want to be mindful. Just not by meditating. I get it. There are many reasons why people might not want to meditate. Maybe you simply don’t have the time. Or you have a faith that is against meditation. For instance, if you re an atheist. Some devout Christians believe that they should not meditate, because meditation stems from Buddhism (although there are indeed some meditations the bible agrees…

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Mindfulness Meditation For Startups: Why Your Bottomline Needs It

As a meditation teacher, many business owners ask me if there are any benefits of mindfulness and meditation for startups. It might seem strange to suggest that startups should be considering mindfulness or meditation. Afterall, as a startup there are so many challenges and responsibilities that you have on your mind. We’re talking the nitty-gritty of running a business. With the pile of tasks on the table, why should startups add meditation or mindfulness to the mix? Actually, the reality of the situation is this: Meditation gives you and your staff that much needed break you need. It’s an opportunity…

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