https://www.newscientist.com/article/2095053-people-who-meditate-are-more-aware-of-their-unconscious-brain

People who meditate are more aware of their unconscious brain

People who meditate are more aware of their unconscious brain activity – or so a new take on a classic “free will” experiment suggests. The results hint that the feeling of conscious control over our actions can vary – and provide more clues to understanding the complex nature of free will.

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Mindfulness is not a waste of time – it can help treat depression

Mindfulness is not a waste of time – it can help treat depression

Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgemental way. The practitioner learns to avoid dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. This can be difficult, especially for people suffering from anxiety and depression, but, if achieved, it can bring lasting relief.

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Can’t Sleep? Try Meditation

Can’t Sleep? Try MeditationThroughout my years as a meditation teacher, I’ve encountered many students who come to meditation from a place of acute anxiety. Meditation, and mindfulness practices in general, are scientifically proven antidotes to anxiety and stress, as they are about focusing the mind on what is rather than allowing the anxiety or stress itself to take over, and lead the mind into labyrinths of self-judgment, comparison, regret and other rumination.

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Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse

Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapseThe results come from the first ever large study to compare mindfulness-based therapy – structured training for the mind and body which aims to change the way people think and feel about their experiences – with maintenance antidepressant medication for reducing the risk of relapse in depression, researchers say.

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Mindfulness meditation appears to help improve sleep quality

Mindfulness meditation appears to help improve sleep qualityMindfulness meditation practices resulted in improved sleep quality for older adults with moderate sleep disturbance in a clinical trial comparing meditation to a more structured program focusing on changing poor sleep habits and establishing a bedtime routine, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brainSince 1970, life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically, with people living more than 10 years longer. That’s the good news. The bad news is that starting when people are in their mid-to-late-20s, the brain begins to wither — its volume and weight begin to decrease.

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