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The Secret to Inner Peace Is Ted Danson – The Cut

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Earlier this month, the insurance and health services company Cigna hosted a meditation event featuring Ted Danson. Come meditate with Ted Danson, the email invitation read. As a busy actor, producer and family man, Danson also understands that it is important to take action to reduce burdensome everyday stressors. At first I ignored it (and how did Ted Danson get connected with Cigna?), but then I was having a rough week and I thought, I want to meditate why not?

The event was held at a small yoga and meditation studio. A couple dozen other members of the press and I sat on meditation cushions, and Danson kicked it off by talking with a Cigna psychiatrist about the dangers of chronic stress, and about the benefits of meditation. (It lowers blood pressure, improves mood regulation, and enhances nervous-system function.) He also mentioned it being good for upending the ego, and for getting out of your own dead-end thought patterns.

Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Cigna

It all felt kind of surreal a beloved celebrity talking about personal pain, sponsored by an insurance giant (an industry notorious for causing stress?) but it was also nice, honestly. Then we were all led in a 20-minute meditation session by an instructor named Marissa (pictured, up top). She guided us to feel the weight of our seats on the cushion, the weight of our hands on our legs, to hear the sounds around us, to feel the temperature of the air on our skin It all went by very quickly, and I never really stopped thinking, worrying, or adjusting to the strangeness of the situation, but when I opened my eyes, I felt good.

At one point beforehand, Marissa had said that it was fine to have a meditation practice that felt insultingly short, which I liked. That five minutes would be great, but that even five breaths would be helpful. She also said that the point of meditation wasnt to clear your thoughts and feel peaceful, but to sit with your own annoying mind, almost to prove that you can.

Afterward, people asked Danson about his acting career, his meditation routine, and the end of The Good Place. It felt funny and yet strangely appropriate to be talking about television in the same breath as existential dread, sponsored by insurance. How do you deal with emotional pain? Did you take home any keepsakes from the set? Why are we here?

The meditation session was also nice enough that I thought, Why not actually do this for a while? Id shown up to the event feeling bent out of shape I was down about various work and life things and afterward I felt better. Minorly rearranged. Since then, Ive been doing ten-minute sessions most days on Headspace. I know Im the last person in the world to get into Headspace, but it has a free beginners ten-day sequence. Strange doors are always appearing, it seems, to take us where we want to go.

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One in three Americans now consider meditation an essential part of their morning ritual – New York Post

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Coffee, exercise and meditation now beat catching up on the news when it comes to the perfect morning ritual, according to a new study.

The findings emerged in a survey of 2,000 Americans which sought to explore peoples morning routines, lifestyles and the way in which they wish to spend their time.

Results showed over half (52%) find time for coffee in the a.m., while a further two in five want to exercise first thing in the morning even before jumping into reading the news and starting their workday.

These days, Americans celebrate the self-care movement and embrace the concept of activities such as meditation in regard to its contemplative and mood-elevating abilities 36% said that they would meditate if given the freedom to design their perfect morning.

In fact, one in three now considers meditation an essential element to the perfect morning.

The research, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Thermador, saw that exercise or some form of meditation is more essential to any perfect morning than even reading the news (31%) or watching it on TV (33%).

Still, dreams of meditative contemplation or relaxing post-yoga lattes can seem distant for most respondents, and the freedom to design their own schedule elusive. Two-thirds (65%) long for more control of their mornings and 77% rate their mornings as busy.

A lively one in five said they are always in a rush to even get out of the door each morning.

No matter your individual lifestyle, customizing your day is an indulgence we all wish we could have, said a spokesperson for Thermador.

This survey illustrates the need that todays luxury consumers share to personalize their morning experiences so that they can better achieve the ever-elusive perfect start to the day.

The trend toward more self-reflection time in the morning was also apparent in other core morning must-haves that luxury consumers would regularly indulge in if given the opportunity to design their life: yoga (24%) and juicing (26%) were among the things professionals would love to prioritize when it comes to customizing their busy schedules.

Time is such a precious commodity that even the slightest boost is welcomed one in four respondents said simply having 10 extra minutes per day would make all the difference, while a mere 30 minutes was deemed the average response for the sample as a whole.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, three quarters (74%) of those surveyed agree that having more time in the morning would be a true luxury.

So, is this dream of an extra 30 minutes per day attainable? Well, with cooking and food preparation taking up the most time of any given day, the secret may lie in kitchen automation.

When asked to consider the latest time-saving kitchen innovations from fully automatic coffee machines, to dishwashers designed to complete a wash cycle in just 20 minutes, respondents estimated that they could save 27 minutes on average with a fully automated smart-home kitchen.

The Thermador spokesperson added, With connected appliances across all product categories, Thermador is empowering consumers to maintain control over their daily routines, while at the same time providing access to culinary experiences from recipes sent directly to the oven, to notifications that meals are ready to be enjoyed.

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Mindfulness meditation study shows changes in neural responses to pain and fear – Harvard Gazette

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Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to alter how the brain processes fear memories. In a study that will appear in the Nov. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry, a team led by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report that mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations.

A common way to treat anxiety disorders is to expose patients to the anxiety-provoking stimulus in a safe environment until it no longer elicits fear, a process known as exposure therapy. This exposure provides an opportunity to learn that these stimuli are not threatening and thereby facilitate adaptive regulation of emotional responses. To be successful, first a new memory must be created between the stimulus and a feeling of safety, then the safety memory, rather than the original fearful memory, must be recalled when the stimulus is presented again in a new environment.

Mindfulness meditation been proposed to provide an optimal condition for exposure therapy because it involves experiencing the present moment with an open, curious, and nonreactive mindset. Numerous studies have documented that mindfulness meditation programs are useful for reducing anxiety, however, the mechanisms were unknown. The current study investigated enhanced learning of the safety signal as one mechanism through which mindfulness can help individuals learn to have a less reactive and more adaptive response to anxiety-provoking stimuli.

The researchers used MRI brain scans and a fear-conditioning task to examine changes in neural networks associated with attention and memory following mindfulness meditation training. In the study, 42 participants completed an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress-reduction program in which they learned formal meditation and yoga practices. Another 25 participants were randomized to an eight-week, exercise-based stress-management control group, in which they were taught about the impact of stress and performed light aerobic exercise. The researchers found that changes in the hippocampus after mindfulness training were associated with enhanced ability to recall the safety memory, and thus respond in a more adaptive way.

Mindfulness training may improve emotion regulation though changing neurobiological responses associated with our ability to remember that a stimulus is no longer threatening, said Gunes Sevinc, first author of the paper, who is a postdoctoral research fellow at MGH.

Fear and anxiety have a habitual component to them the memory of something that provoked fear in the past will trigger a habitual fear response when we are reminded of the event, even if there is no actual present-moment threat. The data indicate that mindfulness can help us recognize that some fear reactions are disproportional to the threat, and thus reduces the fear response to those stimuli. Mindfulness can also enhance our ability to remember this new, less-fearful reaction, and break the anxiety habit, said Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, the studys senior author.

One of the major caveats in the study was that all of the participants were healthy individuals without anxiety. Future studies need to be done with clinical samples and using threatening stimuli relevant to their anxiety (e.g. spiders, cues that trigger panic or PTSD, etc.) to determine if similar changes in brain activation occur in these conditions. Furthermore, some of the findings were observed in both the mindfulness and control groups, suggesting that some of the changes are not unique to mindfulness training, or might be due to some other component of the program, such as social support.

Other authors on the study were Britta K. Hlzel, Jonathan Greenberg, Tim Gard, Vincent Brunsch, Javaria A. Hashmi, Mark Vangel, Scott P. Orr, and Mohammed R. Milad.

The work was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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David Michie teaches us a healing meditation to purify karma andcultivate well-being.

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It is no coincidence that the words medication and meditation are only one letter different. They both come from the same Latin root word, medeor, meaning to heal or to make whole.

In the West, our medical focus is on the externalon the curing of physical symptomswhile Eastern traditions focus more on the internal, that is, addressing the mental causes of illness. It is our good fortune to be living at a time when we can access the best of both worlds.

Medicine Buddha meditation is a healing practice treasured by many in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. We can practice it for ourselves, or for someone we care about who is ill. The oldest Medicine Buddha sutra we know about dates from the seventh century. In that sutra, we are told the story of a bodhisattva, Medicine Buddha, who made twelve vows about how he would help living beings after attaining enlightenment. The holistic healing of mind and body was an important focus of his vows: he promised to help eradicate pain, disease, and disabilities of all kinds, as well as promote good health and optimal flourishing.

When we practice Medicine Buddha meditation, we do not do so to replace mainstream medical treatment, but to complement it. The practice purifies and removes the underlying, karmic causes of disease and cultivates the causes for holistic well-being. Such may be the power of our practice that we experience significant improvements in the symptoms, too. But we need to be clear about what we are doing.

Medicine Buddha is as much about mind as it is body. Empirical evidence shows that when we meditate, it triggers a self-repair mechanism in our own bodies. We stop producing cortisol and adrenalin, and instead enhance the production of immune-boosting endorphins and seratonin, arming our body against invasive bacteria, viruses, and other imbalances. These changes also promote positive mental states.

An element ofconfidencein the practice is helpful. The placebo effect is said to account for more than a third of all healing. Medicine Buddha meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. If we have confidence that it can work for us, then were off to a very good start.

Resonancemay also account for the powerful impact of Medicine Buddha practice.On one level, we may be sitting alone in a room meditating, but in a different way we are resonating with the many hundreds of thousands of people who have done exactly the same thing before us. Were benefiting from their experience and contributing to the experience of those who follow.

When doing this practice, its important to retain an awareness that you are not an inherently existent person asking an inherently existent buddha to get rid of an inherently existent illness. This would be little different from a theistic or shamanistic approach. It is precisely because nothing has any true, separate, or independent existenceincluding illnessthat practices like this have power.

We invoke Medicine Buddhathrough the use of specific imagery and sound, reaching out to the consciousness of those numberless beings who have already attained enlightenment and who have chosen to manifest Medicine Buddhas qualities.

The minds of buddhas are understood to be all-seeing and all-knowing.Buddhas react to their mantra in the same way we react when we hear our name mentioned, so we pretty much have a buddha on speed dial when we use their mantra. To borrow a metaphor from the late Tibetan teacher Gelek Rinpoche, when we recite a buddhas mantra we are providing a hoop through which they can hook us into their energetic influence.

Note that Medicine Buddha is a Kriya tantra practice. As such, it is helpful that you first have some familiarity with the sutra tradition, as well as receive proper initiations and teachings from a properly qualified teacher, if you wish to fully embody the precious Medicine Buddha lineage.

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COLTON -- Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos, a class for developing skills in meditation and mindful attention, will be held at Five Elements Living in Colton, on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m., beginning Monday, Oct. 21 and ending Nov. 25.

This approach to mental wellness will give participants tools to use for day-to-day upsets and challenges anywhere and anytime.

This "toolbox" is a collection of many practical strategies for self-calming; replacing obsessive, negative or self-critical thought patterns with alternate and more positive ones; and maintaining or quickly returning to a calm state even when "the flat tire" happens at just the wrong time.

While these strategies are helpful on their own, a meditation practice goes hand-in-hand with them and helps make them a way of life.

Each week participants can look forward to developing a kinder inner voice and a deepening sense of peace that comes as the mind learns to live with calm instead of stress, even in chaotic times.

The class is led by Ginger Storey-Welch, who has introduced meditation to many people and has a wide range of suggestions on how to utilize various meditation supplies and techniques to best suit individual needs.

Storey-Welch has been a practitioner of Zen meditation for 20 years and attends 4-5 meditation retreats per year at both the Zen Center of Syracuse and Dai Bosatsu Zen Center in the Catskills.

For more than 20 years she has led the North Country Zen Group on the St. Lawrence University campus, she has introduced a large number of students and community members to meditation and was recently referred to as "our best teacher of meditation" on campus by Professor Mark MacWilliams.

She has also taught meditation at the Yoga Loft and at Five Elements Living in the past as well. She specializes in showing ways that meditation can become a tool to enhance one's ability to live a more peaceful life.

Register at fiveelementsliving.com (scroll to Upcoming Events) or call 315-262-2622.

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How Michael Acton Smith Went From Meditation Naysayer to Creating the $1 Billion Calm App

After suffering from extreme burnout following his company's collapse, Michael Acton Smith started meditating--and it quickly changed his life. In 2012, he co-founded Calm, a wellness app that has been downloaded more than 50 million times and is valued at more than $1 billion.

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Res U Thinking Out Loud: Mindfulness & Meditation: Meditation can be your medication. – WGN Radio – Chicago

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Mental health is just as important as physical health; in fact, focusing on your mental wellbeing through mindfulness and meditation can be its own kind of medication! Just like our bodies, we need to make time to take care of our minds. Listen in to hear how making time for mindfulness and meditation can revolutionize your mental health and physical wellbeing.

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Posted: Oct 15, 2019 / 03:52 PM HST / Updated: Oct 15, 2019 / 03:52 PM HST

Body&Brain Yoga Tai Chi Hawaii is hostingthe CONNECT event. Come and enjoy an afternoon of awakening, inspiration, andconnection withIlchi Lee, a world renowned meditation expert and the author of Connect.Learn how to access the most important source of health, power, and creativitywithin your body and brain.

The workshop is happening on Saturday, October 26 from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center, Room 323. Tickets cost $20 andincludes a copy of the book Connect.

At the event, you will HearIlchi Lees book talk and guided meditation for strengthening true connectionin every aspect of your life. You will experience practical self-care tools toreduce stress, gain clarity, and enjoy more happiness. And, you will beinspired to live your best life from your heart.

To register you can call (808) 596-9642 or you can purchase tickets at http://Connect.BodynBrain.com

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