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mindfulness meditation

A form of meditation or induced relaxation that focuses awareness on breathing and encourages positive attitudes to achieve a healthy, balanced mental state. Mindful meditation is advocated for reducing reactions to stress by inducing the relaxation response, lowering the heart rate, reducing anxiety, and encouraging positive thought patterns and attitudes. Practitioners of mindfulness meditation aim to cultivate self-awareness, and a nonjudgmental, loving, kind, and compassionate feeling toward themselves and others. See: relaxation response
See also: meditation
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This report focuses on the global Mindfulness Meditation Application status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players.
One controlled study of 78 people funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that mindfulness meditation appeared to increase resilience to pain independently of opioid neurotransmitter mechanisms, which suggests that a combination of mindfulness meditation and pharmacologic/nonpharmacologic pain-relieving approaches that rely on opioid signaling might be particularly effective in treating pain.
Other studies have documented reduction in weight and waist circumference and improvements in glycaemic control and blood pressure with the practice of mindfulness meditation.11-14 Meditation has been considered as an adjunct to lifestyle modification and pharmacological treatment in cardiovascular risk reduction.15-17
Interventional methods included standard MBSR,[10],[17],[20],[24],[25],[26] MBCT,[12] brief mindfulness-based therapy,[13] mindfulness meditation,[23],[27] and different meditations within subgroups,[11] most of which were combined with additional homework [Table 1].
In the Mindfulness study, participants in random order did 25 minutes of yoga, 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation, and 25 minutes of quiet reading.
Mindfulness meditation is relatively inexpensive and considered a low-stigma treatment that improves resilience to stress.
Research suggests that mindfulness meditation techniques are productive for those suffering from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, and for the improvement of cognitive functioning.
* A recent research study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital finding that mindfulness meditation, over the short period of eight weeks, increased the amount of gray matter in regions of the brain involved in learning and memory, regulation of one's emotions, and self-awareness.
I am now offering a mindfulness program for children in four sessions, introducing them to easy and effective mindfulness meditation techniques and teaching them to make conscious choices.
Mindfulness meditation training programs, which train receptive attention and awareness to one's present moment experience, have been demonstrated to improve a broad range of health markers and health outcomes; however, the neurological mechanisms underlying these changes remain unknown.
Mindfulness meditation (for example, breathing's awareness of consciousness) has been proven to be able to activate some portions of the regions in the brain including the insular, putamen, somatosensory cortex, parts of the anterior cingulate cortex, and prefrontal cortex.
She talks politics, women's empowerment...and mindfulness meditation.