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Mindful Running

We titled this article mindful running with the emphasis on mindful.  It’s important that we differentiate from meditation and mindfulness.  Meditation is removing yourself from all distractions; to be in a different place and present unlike any other part of your day.  Mindful running is applying those practices to the process of running.  As you are running, what does your breath tell you, how do your legs feel? Other physical queues are present that you may not always pay attention to.  Many people will start with their breath, but there are many other connections to make while you are running such as the path you are running on, how a past injury may feel, the feel of your sneakers, the...

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Meditation Training Wheels for Kids

Meditation for kids of all ages can be different than it is for adults. The biggest difference is that the duration is shorter. Adults in most cases have more patience and can rely on their focus more as the time extends and things get more difficult. Adults can also grasp the concept of self reflection better. Typically with kids, you need to stay focused on smaller periods of time or chunk that time out into blocks, with breaks in between. At the start, kids won't understand why they are meditating or the benefits. Likely, they'll perceive it as boring or difficult after a few mindful breaths. A good way to approach this is to introduce the practice of meditation through...

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Meditation for Children

One of the easiest ways to practice mindfulness with your children is sensory awareness.  Put simply, paying attention to ones senses is practicing mindfulness.  What you hear, see, touch or taste all count.  For children, this is totally within their capabilities.  If you are able to train yourself and your children to concentrate on senses, concentration skills improve overall!  Mindfulness  and children is not a new thing. There was a study done with pre-schoolers over 12 weeks that showed mindfulness exercises helped boost them in a number of categories, not to mention empathy, academics and mental acuity.  See more about the study here

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How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School was training for a marathon when an injury pushed her into physical therapy. Her prescription was to go and stretch. In turn, she started practicing yoga and noticed a number of benefits. Being calmer, more open minded and compassionate were some of the benefits that Lazar cited from doing yoga. Lazar was doing her PhD in molecular biology at this point, and started doing research on meditation for her post-doc. Lazar started with examining people who currently meditate. The first discovery she made was that long-term meditators have more gray matter in the frontal cortex as well as the sensory regions of the brain. In other words, enhanced...

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How to Start Meditating

we see a picture or in the real world someone meditating and it looks so easy, almost effortless. Until you sit down and try it for the first time. And then the train comes off the tracks

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