Recent insights from neuroscience have confirmed the theory of neuroplasticity, the notion that the brain is not fixed, but an organ of experience. The structure and function of neural networks are constantly adapting to meet the demands of our day-to-day lives. One of the exciting implications of neuroplasticity is that it can be self-directed, meaning we can deliberately cultivate some brain states over others. In short, we can train our brains for happiness, resilience, and compassion.
If you ever look into the literature on happiness and well-being you can’t escape the evidence that comes up over and over again that the quickest way to feel well, to feel good, to feel happy is to invest in relationships; to be generous with others. So given the fact that we tend to be healthier and happier when we’re generous, the question is why are we not more generous more of the time?
Do you get distracted and waste time at work? Do you feel like your brain is full of information competing for your attention? Are you constantly multi-tasking? McGill neuroscientist Daniel Levitin studies the impact of multi-tasking and information overload on our minds.
MBCT is an eight-week group intervention designed to help individuals with recurrent depression prevent relapse following successful treatment.
The IMS approach to meditation focuses on mindfulness as a means of cultivating clear awareness and insight into the causes of suffering, and into the […]
I just came back from a 7-day retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleague Saki Santorelli. They were teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for healthcare professionals at the Omega Center in Rhinebeck, New York.
There is a growing number of doctors in Montreal who practice Mindfulness to help them care for their patients – and for themselves. Jay Reid wrote an interesting piece, featuring Dr. Flanders, that appeared in the Montreal Gazette on Thursday, April 19th, 2012.
What’s the take-home message? Cognitive Behaviour Therapy provides tools to modify thoughts and behaviours, which in turn diminishes anxiety and and lifts mood.
My Mindfulness practice stumbled a bit over the holidays. And after slumbering through the first week of the new year, I am finally ready to apply myself to re-invigorating my meditation practice. Over the course of the 21 days, I’ll be sitting every day and occasionally sharing some reflections on the experience on this blog, facebook, and twitter. Feel free to join in.