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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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The Drop-In

This is a multi-part series on applying mindfulness to athletics or performance-related activity. We’ll track each series here with a bookmark. For now, welcome to series 1: the Drop-In. The drop-in. Think about bringing yourself into the moment. Athletes do it in different versions, with team announcements in the NBA, team run outs in the NFL, walkout songs in the UFC, on and on. What is your trigger to enter the stadium. More pointedly, what is your mental queue to say this is the time to focus in and bring your best. Introspection and observation are the two things here that bring you into the existing moment. Both are essential to high performance in almost any sport or performance related activity....

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Building Up Awareness (For All Ages)

One of the easier awareness-building exercises you can do is to get out into nature and take a walk.  It’s quite simple to start but you will quickly realize how much is actually going on around you..

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