The Impact of Mindfulness in the Lives of At-Risk Youth

Research is starting to show that mindfulness is impacting new populations. But can it help at-risk youth who are exposed to negative role models, experience unstable homes and are getting in trouble with the law? To look at this issue, Dr. Karen Bluth and her team of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill designed this randomized controlled trial, published recently in the journal Mindfulness, for the effect of a school-based mindfulness program on at-risk youth. Researchers assigned 27 ethnically diverse at-risk adolescents in an alternative school setting to either a mindfulness program called Learning to BREATHE, or…

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Expanding our Capacity to Love Others (and Ourselves) through Mindfulness

Doctor, nurse, therapist, social worker . . . . . . we all have roles we identify with, both personally and professionally. But, what do these roles we play have to do with experiencing unconditional love, and how can changing our awareness impact our sense of it? In this video clip, Ram Dass, PhD, explains how shifting perspective away from our roles and being mindful of the soul can open up our capacity for unconditional love. Click here to sign up. To know what it means to cultivate loving awareness, and how it can help people overcome feelings of fear,…

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Soul Exercise: The Healing Power of Challenges

Has your soul ever felt heavy, lazy, or a little out of shape? Like your body, your soul needs a workout sometimes. When our lives are comfortable, we might not reflect as much. We start to go through our days on auto-pilot. We might stop learning and changing. But when our lives become a little more challenging, sometimes our souls start to wake up. In this video, Thomas Moore, PhD explains how difficult circumstances can potentially recharge our souls. It’s only 3 minutes long, so I don’t want you to miss it. If what you heard here interests you, click…

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Happiness Matters: Bernie Siegel on Loving Your Life

Can you be so happy you forget to die? Bernie Siegel, MD might not go that far. But then again, he’s seen a lot of patients, and he knows how powerful it can be to love your life. So he just might. A recent study led by Michael Sadler at Roosevelt University looked at the happiness levels of 674 pairs of elderly twins, followed for a median period of 9 years. Sadler and his team found a significant link between self-reported well-being and longevity. They measured well-being by asking, “Are you happy and satisfied with your life at present?” On…

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Spirituality in Healing: A Worldwide Connection

We’ve talked a lot about connection during our Spirituality in Healing series. Well, you’re not just talking about connecting – you’re doing it. More than 10,905 practitioners tuned in to the 2012 Spirituality in Healing webinar series. That’s a remarkable number. And those practitioners joined us from 75 different countries. That’s a record. You’re making an exciting statement – that you care about alternative ways to help your patients, that you support research into these techniques, that you care about spirituality’s power to heal. And you’re making that statement all around the world. We’ve created this video to share the…

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Body, Mind, and Spirit: Good Practice, and Good Science

Psychoneuroimmunology and spiritual healing . . . I think they share common ground. For psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) researchers, it’s important to work with the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and not just a single biological system. Here’s some research that shows the connection between PNI and spiritual health. Ruth Tanyi, DrPH and her research team in California investigated the effect of what they referred to as a PNI-based lifestyle intervention on depression. The intervention included spiritual guided imagery, muscle relaxation, and humorous videos. After conducting pre-intervention tests using the Beck Depression Inventory, researchers randomized the participants into two…

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