Meditation or Medication?

I heard Dan Siegel once say, “Why not try a ‘t’ instead of a ‘c’? Meditation instead of medication.” When I heard this, it got me thinking. . . is there another way? Could we use fewer side-effect laden prescriptions and find a solution that doesn’t involve so many pharmaceuticals? For instance, in some cases,…

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What Will the White House be Serving for Halloween?

Tuesday night on Jay Leno, President Obama shared that the First Lady has been handing out fruit and raisins for the last couple years on Halloween. He added, “The White House is going to get ‘egged’.” Michelle Obama’s preference for healthy Halloween snacks is not surprising – she has been campaigning for healthy lifestyles with…

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Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmatic and…. Mindfulness?

What if we learned meditation at an early age? Could that possibly help buffer the inevitable stressful events in childhood as well later in life? This morning I was thinking, what if a mindfulness practice came as natural as say, multiplication tables or spelling?  What if it was taught in schools? Is there a chance…

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Can Meditation Improve Your Rational Decision-Making?

Meditation is in the news a lot, especially with so much exciting research being conducted on the effects of meditation on the brain. I recently read one such interesting study by Virginia Tech’s Read Montague, PhD in Frontiers in Neuroscience. Dr. Montague et al. looked at the differences in decision making between Buddhist meditators and…

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Can Meditation Lengthen Your Life (or Just Your Telomeres)?

I’m going to share a not-so-secret secret with you: I love telomeres. If you follow my blogs, you may remember me mentioning telomeres in the past, because, well…they just fascinate me. Telomeres reside at the end of chromosomes in order to protect them from deterioration. When cells replicate, telomeres are cut and become increasingly shorter….

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Asperger’s Syndrome and Mindfulness: One Dad’s Story

A recent edition of Mindfulness had an interesting application story that I wanted to share with you. A father wrote about his experience using mindfulness to help both himself and his twin sons, who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. As you know, Asperger’s Syndrome has numerous symptoms, including difficulty transitioning between activities, an inability…

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