Monthly Archives: September 2015

The many health benefits of meditation

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From food.ndtv.com

We live in a world marred by distraction. Our minds are always racing, and we constantly seek some thing or the other to meet our needs and desires. As Buddha says, we’re hurling from one pleasant experience to the next – “What’s for lunch?”, “how will my boss like the new proposal I printed out and left on his desk hours ago?”, “how do I want to plan my weekend?” – it’s an endless rant which doesn’t pipe down till you hit the pillow.

Eckhart Tolle refers to this as your inner voice, an inner narrator who constantly seeks perfection, validation or consciousness. He says, “Once you identify that your mind won’t stop, you need to find an anchor for presence. One that’ll cut through the momentum that is your racing thoughts.” If you’re thinking, why break the chain of thought, why worry about it all then Dan Haris, author of 10% Happier answers this perfectly. He says, ” We spend a whole lot of time on our bodies, our stock portfolios and home decor. But very rarely do we spend time fine tuning the filter through which we experience it all: our minds.”

Meditation has been identified as a practice that makes you stronger, better and more efficient at work. It helps you become more focused and less confused. It disciplines your mind and encourages a culture of mindfulness or living in the present. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t promise to pull you out of misery but instead put you on the path of positive thinking. And Ariana Huffington, Novak Djokovic, Katy Perry, the rich and successful on Wall Street, and the young and restless in Silicon Valley will tell you that it absolutely does!

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University of Pittsburgh invites abstracts for a transdisciplinary conference

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh invites abstracts for a transdisciplinary conference to be held at the University:

 “Doing the Body in the 21st Century”
March 31-April 2, 2016

If Interested, send a 200-word abstract for a twenty-minute paper on an aspect of the body/bodies to bodyconf@pitt.edu by October 15, 2015. Panels of three abstracts on a related topic are welcome.

Bodies can be collective, material, medicalized, biological, sexual, queer, trans, normative, political, racial, transnational, ecological, historical, useful, global, affective, gendered, disabled, surveilled, controlled, subjected, transformed, enhanced, engineered, empowered, organized, managed, discursive, aesthetic, translated, theorized, aging, acting, voting, merging, migrating, moving, constructing, creating, performing.

Click the link for more information about the conference:  http://www.universityannouncements.pitt.edu/body0908.pdf

What mindfulness app is right for you?

From the Huffington Post

unnamedHow do you choose from the hundreds of mindfulness apps out there? There are over 500 mindfulness apps available, but some are better than others.

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research sorted through hundreds of mindfulness mobile apps and ranked 23 of them. Now it’ll be a little bit easier to find one that works for you.

Mindfulness based programs in person have been found to be effective for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the structured 8-week course Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), defines mindfulness as “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”

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