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Mind Articles Q1 2011(3)

How Meditation May Change the Brain

How Meditation May Change the Brain

Jan 28, 2011

Researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.

Source: The New York Times; Written By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

Jan 2, 2011

Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of appreciating the beauty in the naturally imperfect world. It's the beauty hidden right in front of our eyes, an aesthetic of simplicity that reveals itself, only when animated through the daily work of living. You can include this philosophy as part of your daily practice with the following actions: - Try to appreciate the imperfections in others and even in yourself. Challenge yourself to let go of assumptions and expectations, appreciate the faults as well as the strengths of those around you. - Savor your food, don't just taste the flavors but take in the smells, sounds and textures of each bite. Train yourself to appreciate the simplest things by engaging more of your senses.

Source: Whole Living Magazine

Mindfulness on the Go: Apps to take your resolution on the go

Jan 2, 2011

Get access to thousands of recipes, workouts, relaxation techniques, and more- by downloading an app to your smart phone. Some are even free. • Simply Being Guided Meditation - (99 cents for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) • The Equanimity: Meditation Timer & Tracker - ($4.99 for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) • Zen Timer: Meditation Timer - Even after the holidays are over, it can be a challenge to fit some healthy "me time" into a busy day. Clear your mind and chill out with these apps, which guide you with step-by-step instructions for relaxation and stress relief. ($2.99 for Android) • 101 Yoga Poses - If you can't fit a yoga class into your day, create your own at home with the 101 Yoga Poses app. Get instructions, photos, and tips for mastering (or at least trying!) more than a dozen routines, plus a customizable timer and more. (99 cents for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) • Intuition: Mom's Personal Assistant - This is designed for busy moms, and it's just what the doctor ordered for any woman who has too much on her plate. Are you due for a teeth cleaning? A mammo? A session with your personal trainer? You can schedule appointments, track prescription refills, and get reminders via e-mail and/or iPhone alerts. Plus you can easily see what you've already checked off your list. (Available at www.intuitionapp.com, free for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) • Relaxus - Music soothes the savage beast, even when the savage beast is you. It's tough to keep tearing your hair out at your desk when you hear soothing tunes or nature sounds like birds tweeting or crashing ocean waves. So the next time you need a walk but don't have time, you can just close your eyes and pretend. ($3.99 for BlackBerry) • Healthy in a Hurry - If holiday entertaining and overindulging have left you in need of a more healthful approach to eating, get back on track with these easy-to-prepare, good-for-you recipes from the Eating Well test kitchens. Search by course (such as appetizers, side dishes, or desserts) or by ingredient (even obscure ones), and satisfy your craving for instant gratification with preloaded recipes you can browse, choose, and prepare quickly. (free for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)

Source: Shop Smart Magazine