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10 Feb 2006

08 Feb 2006

02 Feb 2006

Many medical professionals in the West remain skeptical or are against the use of meditation for therapy.

But some are beginning to endorse its benefits, said neuroscientist Sara Lazar, who leads the research at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Our hope is that by providing concrete evidence of (meditation's) benefits, more people will at least try it and see if it is beneficial for them," she said in an email interview.
Pictures linked from the article: *[1] and [2]

21 Jan 2006

Highlights:

  • "It is simply experiencing what is happening in the present moment, as much as possible, without the usual mental commentary that we make: 'That's good,' 'That's bad,' 'I wish I could change this,' or 'I want more of that,' " Zeglovitch said. "It sounds easy, but it requires daily practice."
  • Increasingly, employers are making such alternative treatments available to their workers. A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va., found that 33 percent now make acupuncture available, up from 18 percent five years ago, for example.
  • There is also a proliferation of organizations across the country that now sell Eastern-based leadership, ethics and stress-reduction programs, including the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society,Spirit in Business and Awake at Work.

09 Jan 2006

Time Magazine has an article titled:

How to Get Smarter, One Breath at a Time
Scientists find that meditation not only reduces stress but also reshapes the brain

07 Jan 2006

  • Study according to American Journal of Cardiology, shows that meditation can increase lifespan among the elderly and prolongs life. The study was done over an 18 year period. Interesting.
  • Works for this teacher too.

26 Dec 2005

  • The American Academy of Family Physicians has an article on how to deal with stress during this holiday season. (look at the end of the article to see what is cascading into the mainstream)

24 Dec 2005

22 Dec 2005

  • David Lynch (see past articless below) has been busy as you might not know. Lynch has lectured at universities around the US and many different media related news sites. Some interesting points from this article:
    • Lynch, according to the article, has given $400,000 of his own funds toward his goal at raising 7 billion dollars for his proposal.
    • Has raised $1 million from a handful of individuals and organizations
    • The Maharishi effect is a tipping point phenomena calculated by taking the square root of %1 of the worlds population. If 8000 (the calculation) of serious practitioners of meditation, did their practice everyday diligently, there would be visible effects on the world as a whole. (btw, it sounds far-fetched, but the Trancendental Organization have made studies that have been printed in peer-reviewed journals about this phenomena. As well as media attention, like in Movies/What the Bleep Do We Know. Some of the studies consist of the organization showing up to war-torn countries like Lebanon and high-crime-rate cities like Washington, DC and demonstrated this 'Maharishi Effect' by calculating how much meditators it would need to affect on a region.)
    • An average hollywood film is $70million
    • The New York Times chose his plan as one of the 25 most intriguing ideas proposed in 2005
    • Naomi Watts (King Kong chick and Mullholand Drive) is a yogini
    • (Lynch) estimates that world peace, or 'Heaven on Earth', can be purchased for the price of 3 1/2 B-1 bombers. "In which case," he says, "it would be a bargain."

Man, thats not sane, B1 bombers cost that frickin-much?!?(7 billion dollars!)

16 Dec 2005

  • (Follow Up article) Rant: no wonder we (the general public)do not hear; and why advanced yogic-like practices are secret. How can anyone complete them with such commotion.
  • Follow up picture of Ram Bahadur Bamjan

17 Nov 2005

13 Nov 2005

  • Ex-convicts return to Tihar, to help inmates "Meditation changed their lives - turning them from criminals into hard working and creative people. And now they are determined to bring that turnaround in the lives of the thousands in the Tihar Jail here...."

12 Nov 2005

11 Nov 2005

  • Meditation Can Increase the Brain's Grey Matter. Meditation has been linked to structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing, according to research published in the November issue of NeuroReport. Here is the Abstract the the cited study.
  • Meditation movement lacks proper credentials An editorial questioning David Lynch and the Trancendental Meditation movement. See the feedback at the bottom of the page pointing out some potential inaccuracies in the article (pertaining to lack of credible scientific peer reviewed methodolgy).

09 Nov 2005

06 Nov 2005

23 Oct 2005

15 Oct 2005

Bangkok Post - Thailand - Phra Khru Paowana Waranusat of Nonthaburi's Wat Pai Lueng will lead a group of around 300 athletes in meditation practice, said Mr Suwat. ...