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Benefits of meditation part two, too, to, also,,,

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The authors of the study conclude that meditation training designed to enhance feelings of compassion led to a permanent increase in amygdala response to seeing other people suffer (i.e., the negative images.)
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The authors believe that the decreased depression scores also prove that meditation is beneficial to a person’s own well-being.

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Overall, the meditation induced training that was not task- or stimulus-specific, but, rather, process-specific.
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The authors hypothesize that the process-specific changes may lead to long-lasting changes in mental function.
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Mediation is a process or activity designed to reduce irrelevant thoughts by enhancing internalized attention.
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Meditation has been shown to decrease stress, improve relaxation, enhance emotional stability, and increase concentration.
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Physical health is also improved by meditation, though the mechanisms by which meditation produces its effects are unclear.
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Still, meditation has led to significant clinical improvement in mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, affective disorders, and attention deficits.

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Meditation is being evaluated as an intervention for other mental illnesses.
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The results of the current study are encouraging for meditation as a long-term intervention, but the results are far from conclusive.
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The sample size was small and most of the results were not statistically significant.
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Though, the findings do support a mind-over-matter approach to emotional processing and indicate that it might be possible to alter brain function with a little training.
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We could all use a little more compassion and a little less anxiety and depression these days. And, if a few minutes of meditation can get us there, then just say “Om.”
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COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE * Long-lasting Effects of Meditation * by Jennifer Gibson, PharmD | December 27, 2012

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Meditation has longed been used to calm the mind and the body, but the long-term effects of such practices are difficult to evaluate.
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Recently, a team of investigators studied the effects of mindful meditation on emotional processing and reported that meditation may induce lasting effects in the emotional processes in the brain.
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For the study, 51 heathy adults aged 25 to 55 years, with no prior meditation experience, underwent mindful attention training (MAT), cognitively-based compassion training (CBCT), or participated in a health discussion group.
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MAT teaches meditative techniques for enhancing awareness of a person’s internal and external environments; CBCT is a program based on Buddhist practices of compassion meditation.
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The health discussion group served as the control group.Each group participated in its respective intervention for 2 hours per week for 8 weeks.
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The MAT and CBCT groups were also asked to meditate daily for 20 minutes at home.
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Before and after the study, the participants completed inventories of self-reported depression and anxiety.
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They also underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging scans while in a non-meditative state during which they were shown pictures of people and asked to identify the people as positive, negative, or neutral.
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After the training, the MAT group showed a significant decrease in right amygdala activation – the area of the brain responsible for emotional response – in response to the positive photos.
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The CBCT group also showed a decreased response to the positive images and an increased response to the negative images, but the differences were not significant.
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The CBCT group did experience a significant decrease in depression scores, however. The control group showed no changes.
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The authors of the study conclude that meditation training designed to enhance feelings of compassion led to a permanent increase in amygdala response to seeing other people suffer (i.e., the negative images.)
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Want to heal? Two Simple recommendations….

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The belief that only one person is giving in this picture is a delusion. From one who has done this,,the homeless give back gratitude, heartfelt gratitude in fact, pure thankfulness that someone cares. It has touched me and left an indelible mark.
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One;
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Give,
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give

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some more,
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then
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give till,
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it hurts.
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Two;
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Sit quietly,
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focusing
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on the breath,
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until,
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letting go
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is habit.
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Simple things have innate strength when practiced daily.
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A jagged rock, whose corners are sharp, softens at such a slow pace, requiring such an effort and volume of water to accomplish this smoothing task.
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It is basic though, water, action and friction,,,,similar to mindfulness, letting go, and emptiness (the lack of any friction).
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One changes the physical nature of the thing (rock) and one changes nothing, it just empties itself of debris.
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A children’s teachable moment created with mindful intent……

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Example: Item, one bag of apples purchased at the local store,
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Scenario one: grandkids in the car have apples at the ready, they occupy the window car seats in back.*
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Give
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The miracle
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Grow
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Pass
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The Baton
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Of compassion.
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What better gift can you give your children, than showing compassion through loving kindness giving, a wonderful lesson for all.
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Pictorial biography of a journey… Humorous I hope..

I am more this
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Than this.
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More this.
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Than this.
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Or this.
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More this.
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Than this.
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Please smile, laugh and let go, change.
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* * Peace begins with a smile..” ― Mother Teresa *

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.Booby Clark today in fairness.
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Bobby Clark; Philadelphia Flyer, hockey….the undisputed captain,,,an undersized but passionate, inspirational leader of the broad street bullies, a revered sports team,,world champs.
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Hockey players seem to be the most well adjusted toothless segment of society.
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Seriously though, we should lead with a big smile, a warm greeting, a compassionate desire for others to be happy.
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That would make Mother Teresa smile.
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You need not be anything special to be a “Lighthouse” to the unfortunate, the needy, you only need — ?

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You only need a desire and willingness to give, to be a lighthouse to others.
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Very simple.
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This action will free you from your burden of unworthiness, trust me.
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Invest energy to shine a light for others, this gift is wrapped in a package of happiness.
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Surrender may not get the laurels of praise it Deserves, but when it comes to training the mind it is ….. ….. ….. …. .. “Godzilla”. ….

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–”Humorous Healing”, we can laugh while we heal.–
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If we are training the mind, developing skills to expand the mind, deepen the feeling of happiness then surrendering is “omnipotent”.
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Use your heart as a butterfly net to catch what you fear.
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Life will change, drastically, irreversibly, brilliantly, I guarantee.
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Enough said, go sit, take action, grow, be happy, thrive.
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Simple organic ingredients combine to make happy…

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“I read once
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that the
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ancient Egyptians
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had fifty words
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for sand &
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the Eskimos
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hundred words
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for snow.
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I wish I had
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a thousand words
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for love,
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but all
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to mind is
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the way
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against me
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while you
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sleep
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& there are
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no words
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for that.”
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― Brian Andreas, Story People: –
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Simplicity, the simpleness, the core of life, below all the chatter is where real happy can be witnessed.
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Surrender eliminated something for me!….

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——-“Resistance”———
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The combination of focus on the breath (Breathing Track), listening intently, and acceptance, deepened my healing journey.
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Acceptance was difficult to master for me. It took month after month of daily practice to reach an understanding.
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In that acceptance space, I still had resistance, a protective barrier.
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The visualize I see, is someone about to strike us, we cringe, our muscles contract, stiffen, tighten, we turn inward instinctivly, guarded, slightly toward a fetal position.
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Surrender eliminated that last resistance for me, simple.
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Surrender kept me so busy being open, that I forgot to recoil in fear at times.
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All things become easier with daily practice, now, surrender is habitual at times.
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