Could Mindfulness Affect Gene Expression?

I’m always interested to see the deep and lasting changes that can come from a regular meditation regimen… …especially when those changes can be measured on a physical level. Meditation has long been touted as a go-to source for stress reduction, and in recent years, researchers have been compiling evidence to back up those claims, even showing that mindfulness causes changes in brain structure. Some of the latest findings come from the work of Richard J. Davidson, PhD and his colleagues in Wisconsin, Spain, and France. (If his name sounds familiar, that’s because Dr. Davidson has been doing a lot…

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Using Mindfulness to Change the Brain: A Different Way to Deal with Pain

It’s probably safe to say that most people have experienced pain at some point in their lives, be it acute or chronic. . . . . . and many of us have heard the phrase “mind over matter,” but when it comes to pain, does it actually work? It turns out that there is a certain area of the brain that plays a big role in pain response. And according to Kelly McGonigal, there’s one simple way you can help client’s train their brain to deal with pain more effectively. I hope you’ll check it out. It’s only 4 minutes….

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Brain Science Has No Borders: Changing Brains (and Transforming Lives) Around the World

Brain science is one of the most fertile areas that we, as practitioners, have right now to help our patients . . . . . . from improving relationships, to strengthening focus, and turning negative experiences into positive ones, the benefits of brain change are astounding. And better yet, the pool of knowledge about neuroplasticity is growing every day – which means so many more life-changing discoveries are yet to come. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from world-renowned brain science experts, and each and every one of them had valuable suggestions for keeping the brain in top shape….

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Why The Brain Series Means So Much To Me

Have you ever felt like you were meant to do something? I guess you could say it’s a calling, or maybe just an instinct. For me, it came in the summer of 2005 . . . . . . the three people I was closest to were all touched by some kind of negative neuroplasticity – their brains were sick. My mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, my father had just had viral encephalitis, and my dear partner had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. I had always been very interested in the brain because I knew that it…

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A Four Step Strategy for Training Your Brain to Better Understand Your Emotions

It’s not uncommon to get a little swept up in the overwhelming feeling that often accompanies a busy schedule and an ever-growing to-do list. But often, when it comes to being productive, or even just maintaining a general sense of overall well-being, simply ignoring that feeling and pressing onward just isn’t the answer. That’s why I wanted to pass this along to you. It’s a four-step strategy from Dan Siegel, MD that we can use to slow our brain down and really connect with what we’re feeling – he calls it SIFTing the mind . . . . . ….

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Changing Brains All Over the World (and at Home)

There are so many new things happening in brain science and I am thrilled that I get to share them with you . . . . . .but I had no idea when I started this webinar series that it would reach so many viewers. People from all over the world tune in every week to watch our broadcasts, and this week 8,139 people tuned in to watch our webinar with Helen Fisher, PhD. Although we see people from across the globe tune in, since we’re located in the USA, it’s interesting to see how many states are represented. From…

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