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Balancing activities like Tai Chi, yoga and meditation are touted for their ability to promote a sense of well-being and reduce stress, but is there more to it than meets the eye? While these exercises are known for being great ways to relax, new research has shown that their benefits extend far past the ephemeral. The relief mind-body interventions can offer isn’t just mental; in fact, these activities can actually bring about physical changes at the molecular level.
A recent study led by scientists from Coventry University and Radboud University have shown that mind-body interventions can turn back molecular reactions within your DNA that cause disease and depression.
Reader squodgy has sent me a link to this video ….
Some years ago I was thinking about posting Gregg Braden’s lecture in full, but the upload disappeared and I forgot about it.
The video above is part of the following lecture:
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I’ve posted this before.
So this is for those who haven’t seen it yet.
With German subtitles.
Transcendental Meditation is a scam:
– The Daily Habit Of These Outrageously Successful People (Huffington Post, Updated: 07/10/2013)
@Amazon.com: David Wants to Fly
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YouTube Added: 26.04.2010
David, a young filmmaker in search of inspiration, decides to try Transcendental Meditation after all, his idol, director David Lynch, has assured him personally that TM is a source of creativity and the key to success. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of TM, promised creativity, health, professional success, world peace and no less than heaven on earth.
YouTube Added: 19.08.2011
“David wants to fly” – nominiert für den Cosmic Cine Award “Cosmic Angel” 2011
Start watching from 03:50 into the video.
For my German speaking readers: The translation is terrible, but still better than nothing.
– Meditation Affects Brain after Weeks: Improves Stress Response, Increases Empathy (Natural Society, Nov 14, 2012):
Dedicated meditation affects the brain and emotional response even after we’ve finished meditating, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.“
This is the first time that meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state,” says Gaelle Desbordes.
YouTube Added: 23.09.2012
– Princess of whales: How a naked female scientist tries to tame belugas in the freezing Arctic (Daily Mail, June 16 2011):
Braving sub-zero temperatures, she has thrown caution — and her clothes — to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment.
Natalia Avseenko, 36, was persuaded to strip naked as marine experts believe belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits.
The skilled Russian diver took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade.
Belugas are famed for the way in which their faces are able to convey human-like expressions. Certainly Matrena and Nilma seemed to enjoy frolicking with Natalia.
The taming of the whales happened in the Murmansk Oblast region in the far north-west of Russia at the shore of the White Sea near the Arctic Circle branch of the Utrish Dophinarium.
An area of the sea is enclosed to stop whales and dolphins getting out and instructors tame the mammals before they are transported to dolphinariums around the world — a practice many animal conservationists consider cruel.
Belugas have a small hump on their heads used for echo-location and it was thought that there would be more chance of striking up a rapport with them without clothes as a barrier.
The average human could die if left in sub-zero temperature sea water for just five minutes.
However, Natalia is a yoga expert and used meditation techniques to hold her breath and stay under water for an incredible ten minutes and 40 seconds.
Research is confirming the medicinal effects that advocates have long claimed for meditation.
For thousands of years, Buddhist meditators have claimed that the simple act of sitting down and following their breath while letting go of intrusive thoughts can free one from the entanglements of neurotic suffering.
Now, scientists are using cutting-edge scanning technology to watch the meditating mind at work. They are finding that regular meditation has a measurable effect on a variety of brain structures related to attention — an example of what is known as neuroplasticity, where the brain physically changes in response to an intentional exercise.
A team of Emory University scientists reported in early September that experienced Zen meditators were much better than control subjects at dropping extraneous thoughts and returning to the breath. The study, “‘Thinking about Not-Thinking:’ Neural Correlates of Conceptual Processing During Zen Meditation,” published by the online research journal PLoS ONE, found that “meditative training may foster the ability to control the automatic cascade of semantic associations triggered by a stimulus and, by extension, to voluntarily regulate the flow of spontaneous mentation.”
The same researchers reported last year that longtime meditators don’t lose gray matter in their brains with age the way most people do, suggesting that meditation may have a neuro-protective effect. A rash of other studies in recent years meanwhile have found, for example, that practitioners of insight meditation have noticeably thicker tissue in the prefrontal cortex (the region responsible for attention and control) and that experienced Tibetan monks practicing compassion meditation generate unusually strong and coherent gamma waves in their brains.
GROUP psychology involving Buddhist meditation can be as effective at combating depression as medication, a study published today in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology has found.
Fifteen months after an eight-week trial, 47 per cent of people with depression who under-went therapy suffered a relapse, compared with 60 per cent of those taking antidepressants.
Published Date: 01 December 2008