This being the first month, I am looking at sharing some thoughts and resources on the first steps to both recovery and buddhist mediation. Ran into this interesting and informative article. Let me know your thoughts.
First steps into Buddhist meditation
Source: Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain | Psychology Today
I’ve been experimenting with my own sensitivities to my sinuses (which I consider a chronic problem). I sometimes get headaches by concentrating too much in my head. One of the teachings I was taught was to focus on my feet or lower part of the body. Now I know that there are multiple ways to approach this. One of those I am using today is “Big Mind” or “Open Awareness Meditation”. Another way I approached sense inputs was to let go of them as soon as I am aware of them. All kinds of variations.
Source: The Most Attractive (Invisible) Asset on a Date | Psychology Today
Posted this for a few reasons.
#1. Giving someone our undivided attention is very attractive to others.
#2. Other unspoken and unmentioned positive attribute of meditation in the article is a calm presence. People are more comfortable around us.
#3. People look more attractive/beautiful when they are not stressed.
A new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University shows that a mindfulness app, used for two weeks in daily 20-minute increments, measurably reduced stress compared to a control app. Testing the impact of a smartphone intervention on stress wasn’t the primary purpose of the study; instead it sought to prove that the specific mindfulness paractices of monitoring and acceptance were effective.
Source: Mindfulness app measurably reduces stress levels in small study | MobiHealthNews
Buddhism is a belief system that is both well-known and widely misunderstood. We look to Arnie Kozak’s ‘Buddhism 101’ for the truth about this surprisingly practical way of life.
Source: A Crash Course in Buddhism | Buddhist Teachings | The Noble Eightfold Path – Beliefnet