How Meditation and Mindfulness Can Be Supportive During Rehab

mindfulnessMindfulness simply means the act of being present in your life situations. The mind adapts through exercise and just like the muscles, the mind gets better with continued exercises.

During meditation, there is some sort of training that enables your mind to relax thereby reducing the level of stress hormone. Alleviating anxiety and stress makes one feel sober and enables him or her to have a time of self-understanding. Such activities can reshape our minds in a more positive way to ensure one become responsible and caring about their health. Continue reading “How Meditation and Mindfulness Can Be Supportive During Rehab”

Meditation Changes The “Structure & Function of the Brain” In A Positive Way

meditationArjun Walia – If you look at most ‘masters’ in the field of meditation, a common theme that currently exists is a big misconception about meditation, that it has to be done a certain way, that you have to sit a specific way or do something in particular in order to reap the benefits. These masters will be the first to tell you that it doesn’t have to be one specific way.

That being said, many spiritual groups, like certain monks for example, are taught different types of meditation in several different ways, so really, there’s no correct way to meditate, and the process of connecting with one’s higher self and quieting the mind can be done in multiple ways and practiced at various levels. Continue reading “Meditation Changes The “Structure & Function of the Brain” In A Positive Way”

The Value of Eating with Gratitude

Kate Harveston – Many people in the western world have a complicated relationship with food. Millions of people are overweight or obese, which puts them at an increased risk for adverse health outcomes. Others struggle with eating disorders that strip them of their quality of life and can prove deadly.

Mindful eating offers potential complementary therapy to help people overcome compulsive overeating and other disordered habits. It also promises to help those who don’t have an identified disorder to exercise more control over their diets. Best of all, it increases your appreciation of every meal. You have nothing to lose by giving it a try! Continue reading “The Value of Eating with Gratitude”

The Role of Mindfulness in Alleviating the Opioid Addiction Crisis

mindfulnessNikki Harper – Here at (Wake Up World) we’ve reported on the opioid addiction crisis several times. The statistics make for grim reading indeed, with more than 130 people in the US dying every day as a result of opioid addiction, including the misuse of prescription painkillers [1]. However, with over 20% of the US population experiencing chronic pain [2] and with opioid painkillers frequently being prescribed to this demographic, the crisis shows little sign of abating.

One of the root causes of the problem is the way in which long term opioid use blunts the senses. Despite a short term improvement in mood when opioids are first taken, over time they alter the brain chemistry of the body’s reward recognition system, dulling the patient’s ability to feel pleasure in life’s ordinary joys – time with family, or beautiful scenery for example [3]. This means that patients have to take more opioids just to feel ‘normal’ again, and thus the cycle of addiction begins. Continue reading “The Role of Mindfulness in Alleviating the Opioid Addiction Crisis”

Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Meditation Nikki Harper – The dementia epidemic shows no signs of slowing down. According to the World Health Organization, there will be 75 million people suffering from dementia by 2030, rising to 132 million by 2050 [1]. The cost of caring for and treating dementia and Alzheimer’s patients is in the billions, but of course the financial cost is nothing compared to the sheer misery and emotional pain these diseases inflict on patients and their families.

While there is still no cure on the horizon, recently a small beacon of hope emerged for older adults suffering from mild cognitive decline – and mindfulness meditation plays a key role. Continue reading “Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment”