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By Scott Dziadul
I first began using meditation for anxiety and stress a few years ago. Things were changing in my life, and I really wasn’t ready for it to be different. So I did the last thing I could think of to try and feel better, meditate.
I didn’t realize the full potential of the practice, yet. After using it consistently, it has not only been an effective treatment for the anxiety I felt, but has helped with some unmeasurable characteristics as well.
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By Donna K. Freeman
Mindfulness means “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn) It is an active process involving staying aware of the external environment and the internal bodily sensations in the present moment without judgment, positive or negative.
Children live in a world of being told what to do: what time to wake up, what to eat, where and when they have various activities, such as school, sports, music lessons, etc. This can lead to going through the motions of living without conscious awareness.
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By Scott Dziadul
Applying the benefits of meditation for students who face an array of issues in school and at home is a great practice to teach them. It can offer them the advantage of self-control and self-respect any parent would long for. Looking back, I wish I had been able to appreciate meditation for what it is and apply its practice. To really learn how to relax and face difficult situations with a clear mind when in school would have been priceless! Maybe my decisions and study habits would have been a little better!
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By Amira Posner
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” Shunryu Suzuki
The other day I went to get gelato. The café was jam packed, and the woman working the counter was running around like a chicken with her head cut off. I felt so impatient. There was such a long line and the café was clearly understaffed.
I noticed another person behind the counter, sitting and doing absolutely nothing. Finally, it was my turn and I couldn’t help but mention that the other employee should help out. The woman looked at me and gently said, “Oh, that’s my boyfriend. He shouldn’t even really be here.”
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By Mary Sovran
There are many reasons for low self-esteem. Most of them stem from a childhood of physical, or emotional abuse, or even abandonment. If you suffered from this type of childhood, low self-esteem is almost guaranteed because you didn’t get the validation and support you needed from adults while growing up. You have probably always felt that you were not quite as good as other people. Mindfulness meditation can help you overcome low self-esteem and realize your full potential.
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By Matt Abbasfard
My journey in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse has been by no means a straight line. This is my third attempt to get clean, and there were times in my life when I never thought that recovery was possible. I’ve been to individual therapy, residential heroin addiction treatment programs (9 times), outpatient groups, and 12-step groups. You name it, and I’ve tried it.
I’ve participated in a range of different services with varying levels of commitment, sometimes enthusiastically and sometimes in order to avoid yet another trip to the county jail. In the past, each attempt to get clean ended in failure. The consequences would pile up, and the pain would become so great that I would eventually tuck my tail between my legs and make a call for help.
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By Charles A. Francis
Loneliness is a widespread problem in Western society, especially among older adults, which doesn’t seem to get enough attention. As adults grow older, there is a tendency for them to become more isolated from their families and society in general.
A study published recently in a scientific journal found that mindfulness meditation helps older adults overcome loneliness. This is good news for seniors because loneliness is a major risk factor for various health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.
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By Mary Sovran
Are you an adult survivor of childhood emotional abuse? If so, then you’re not alone. Many people have been deeply wounded and scarred as children by their tormentors. They grew up with little or no self-esteem because of being abused.
This problem can trouble you for years and cause you a great deal of pain. Believe me, I understand the problem from personal experience.
Abusers Can Be Anyone
The source of childhood emotional abuse can be from parents, siblings, other relatives and even neighbors, or you may have suffered at the hands of more than one abuser at a time.
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