Integrating therapy and mindfulness practice: amazing online course

The Center for Healthy Minds, part of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has releases an amazing online course, “Mindfulness and Meditation: Techniques That Can Improve Your Wellbeing.”  It features the neuroscientist Richard Davidson, Ph.D.  From the announcement: Famed neuroscientist Richard Davidson has spent the last 30 years researching the intimate relationship between meditation, emotions, and brain health. And he’s found that by practicing a few specific meditation exercises, it’s possible to change your brain and build well-being. 

Two minute “reboot” mindfulness stretches for therapists and patients

From the MindfulOnline blog, one of the high quality blogs that mhconcierge.com monitors,  “Try This Movement Practice Before You Meditate” on Sept. 13, 2016. This is a brief article and two minute video about a set of yoga stretches that could be used for therapists to reboot during the day, and which also could be taught to patients/clients to help with stress management or getting ready for mindfulness practice. You probably would not need to do the full set of exercises, and some of the exercises would be easy to do in casual business clothing. mhconcierge’s take:  More and more

Research finds brains of experienced meditators to be remarkably different – “younger”!

The blog “Research Digest,” published by the British Psychological Society, published “Experienced meditators have brains that are physically 7 years younger than non-meditators” on 4-21-16. This fascinating article reviews research that studied the neurological functioning of 50 experienced meditators (average age =51 and average years of medication = 20) with a matched group of 50 non-meditators.

Article, with links, about neurological research on psychopathy, “extreme altruism,” and implications for the rest of us

Article, with links, about neurological research on psychopathy, “extreme altruism,” and implications for the rest of us

The Wall Street Journal published “The Psychopath, the Altruist and the Rest of Us” on 4-21-16. This article reviews neurological research about the brain differences between psychopaths and “extreme altruists,” such as people who donate a kidney to strangers. It references the research of the neuropsychologist Abigail Marsh, Ph.D., “Neural and cognitive characteristics of extraordinary altruists,” and a book about extreme altruists, “Strangers Drowning.”

Wellness and meditation update: meditation EEG devices critically reviewed

The Wall Street Journal published “Can Meditation Gadgets Help You Reduce Your Stress- and Find Happiness?” on 12-31-15.  This is a thorough article written by a technology journalist who is also a long-term meditator which discusses devices that claim to help with meditation.  EEG headsets which claim to help with meditation are included in the discussion. He also interviewed several leading neuroscientists who are studying meditation.  Most of them are unimpressed and skeptical of the claims made by the developers of these meditation aids.