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Meditation makes your Brain Brainier…

By Anne Trafton @ Technology Review.com

Studies have shown that ­meditating regularly can help relieve chronic pain, but the neural mechanisms ­underlying the relief were unclear. Now, ­researchers from MIT, Harvard, and Massachusetts General ­Hospital have found a possible explanation.

In a recent study published in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, the researchers found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves, called alpha rhythms.

“These activity patterns are thought to minimize distractions, to diminish the likelihood stimuli will grab your attention,” says Christopher Moore, PhD ’98, an investigator at the ­McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and senior author of the paper. “Our data indicate that meditation ­training makes you better at focusing, in part by allowing you to better regulate how things that arise will impact you.”

Several different types of brain waves help regulate the flow of information between brain cells. Alpha waves, the focus of this study, flow through cells in the brain’s cortex, where sensory information is processed. The alpha waves help suppress irrelevant or distracting sensory information.

A 1966 study showed that a group of Buddhist monks who meditated regularly had elevated alpha rhythms across their brains. In the new study, the researchers followed 12 subjects who had never meditated before and looked at the waves’ role in a specific part of the brain—cells of the sensory cortex that process tactile information from the hands and feet. Half the participants were told not to meditate, while the other half were trained in a technique called mindfulness-based stress reduction. The first two weeks of training were devoted to learning to pay close attention to body sensations.

After eight weeks, the subjects who had been trained in meditation showed larger changes in the size (amplitude) of their alpha waves when asked to pay attention to a certain body part—for example, the left foot. In addition, these changes in wave size occurred more rapidly in the meditators.

Subjects in this study did not suffer from chronic pain, but the findings suggest that in pain sufferers who meditate, the beneficial effects may come from an ability to essentially turn down the volume on pain signals. “They learn to be aware of where their attention is focused and not get stuck on the painful area,” says ­Catherine Kerr, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a lead author of the paper.

The subjects trained in meditation also reported that they felt less stress than the nonmeditators. The researchers are considering follow-up studies in patients who suffer from chronic pain as well as in cancer patients, who have also been shown to benefit from meditation.

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Thom Knoles on ‘The Greatest Need of our Time’

I came across this little gem today…Contributing to Collective Consciousness – MedMob certainly affords such an opportunity. Hope you can join us on November, 11.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Conscious Club…. Fantastic!

I’ve just caught wind of this fabulous initiative by Tim Brown, Gary Gorrow and Lee Te Hira… In a nutshell, it was inspired ‘‘on the basis that they and so many of their friends were tired of going to the same old pub or club, yelling at each other for a number of hours before coming home with a hoarse voice and a hang over and nothing to show for it they devised The Conscious Club.

”The idea was everyone is going out to clubs and getting UNCONSCIOUS, so we thought we would create a club where you could have a fun night out getting CONSCIOUS!”

”And so was born, THE CONSCIOUS CLUB!”

”The idea is to bring like minded people together to share uplifting music from all genres, movies and documentaries that are insightful into the human condition, meditation or the simple experience of closing your eyes in group environment which is incredibly powerful – no experience required! – and sharing good food together.”

Find out more about The Conscious Club at

http://www.theconsciousclub.com

or

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Conscious-Club/101841193249389

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Judith Lucy, Vipassana, Yoga and a ‘Zen’ Football Star….

Fantabulous Episode of Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey…

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/judithlucy/stories/s3248551.htm

When Judith discovered yoga, it literally changed her life. But is it just a cool way to get fit, or a genuine path to spiritual enlightenment? For answers, she gets cross-legged with a man who drives an orange kombi with the number plates “OMMMM” – university lecturer, swami and yogi Phil Stevens, and pays a visit to her guru, Shandor Remete, the Adelaide-based, Hungarian-born founder of Shadow Yoga.

She finds a surprise package in former Sydney Swans captain Brett Kirk, a premiership-winning AFL player and well-known tough-nut on the field, who used yoga, meditation, affirmations and spiritual practice to enhance his life as a professional footballer, and now beyond it. He offers advice for Judith’s journey, and manages unwittingly to make her fall just a little bit in love with him.

She catches up with a fast-talking Aussie Buddhist nun, Robina Courtin, to find out why it’s so hip for people to say they’re Buddhists, and throws herself into a version of Buddhist Survivor, as she joins a
ten-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat. Segregated from the males in the group, Judith will be getting up at 4am to do nothing but meditate, silently, all day, every day for ten days. No reading, no writing, no intoxicants and definitely no talking. Will she survive?

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

‘Voilà’….The Sydney MedMob Press Release is…Released.

Sydney’s Inaugural Flash-Mob Meditation

On Friday November 11th groups of people around the globe will exude inner peace, strength, and happiness intended to brighten the day of every observer. ‘Flash-mob’ style meditation offers a public display of mutuality, peace and harmony, promoting the benefits of meditation. This date will kick-off Sydney’s participation in the global meditation revolution with the event scheduled for an hour which will conclude with a 10 minute sound-bath. It’s intended the event will bring together people of diversity, age, background and religion to come together in silent unity.

This movement, known as MedMob, began in January this year when 60 people launched a meditation flash mob in Austin at the Texas State Capitol landmark. In February, the Austin MedMob grew to 250 people with seven other cities hosting their own MedMobs.  In eight months, MedMob has expanded rapidly to become a worldwide movement with public meditations planned in more than 130 cities. Sydney will be joining the revolution in style at the Tarpiean Lawns in the Royal Botanical Gardens, overlooking the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Foreshore.

From humble beginnings, MedMob has grown to a global movement, “Our initial intention was to expose Austin to the power of meditation and invite people from all walks of life to join,” commented Patrick Kronfli, co-founder of MedMob.  “It’s inspiring to see leaders around the world rise up to create the same experience and it’s exciting to be part of a global movement committed to internal peace.”

MedMob’s are not affiliated with any specific religious or spiritual tradition and everyone is invited to join and participate. People are welcome to attend for all of it, part of it, or just to kick back and bask in the peace. Children and families are most welcome.

Studies in psychology and neuroscience have demonstrated meditation to have a positive impact on health, wellbeing and literally can change the structure and patterns of thinking. MedMob is consistent with increasing developments around the world where people are realising the benefits of seeking internal peace, balance, and fulfilment.

For more information, please visit the below links.

http://www.facebook.com/medmobsydney                     http://www.medmob.org http://www.medmobsydney.wordpress.com                   http://www.twitter.com/medmobsydney

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Big thanks is extended to the Global MedMob body and Patrick Kronfli for the template…. ‘MedMobbers of the World, Unite!’

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

What is MedMob???

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

How the Whole Thing Works….Again.

A regular repost is in order for all the non-facebookers out there.

Flash-Mob Meditation on Tarpeian Lawn, Royal Botanical Gardens with stunning Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Foreshore views, coordinated with over 100 cities across the world!!!

Join us on the 11th November for Sydney’s first ‘Silent Spectacle’ – MedMobs Sydney’s Official Inauguration.

ARRIVAL: We’ll start arriving around 10:30am to connect with others before the meditation begins. At 10:55am we will spread throughout the sitting area outside, being conscious to keep public pathways open. Bring a mat or cushion to sit on.

Silence will begin at 11am sharp in accordance with Remembrance Day tradition.

Then the 1 hour seated silent meditation begins! You can come for all of it, part of it, or kick back and bask in the peace. You’re presence is valued far more than your ability to sit the entire time!

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, EVERYONE WELCOME!!!

COME AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!

We have no religious agenda and we welcome all beings, from all walks of life to join us for the mutual goal of peace, harmony and commonality. The more, the merrier!!!

BIKE, take bus, train, or Carpool to the event! The nearest station is Circular Quay and the Tarpeian Lawn is only a short walk away. If you need to catch a bus, please visit the Sydney Buses Website.

Map and directions will be posted on the event page, the MedMobSydney Facebook as well at the WordPress Blog.

http://www.sydneybuses.inf​o/

You can participate in all or part of the following.

MEDITATION: 11am – 12pm we will be sitting in silent meditation. Make sure not to block any public pathways, otherwise, sit anywhere you like… spread out all over the place and lets create a profound experience. Show up early and connect or you can show up anytime between 11am and 12pm and start sitting.

FAMILIES and NON-MEDITATORS: If you have children, please come and sit or play nearby, while holding a deep intention with us. Your beautiful, loving energy will deepen the experience for everyone!

SOUND BATH: At 12pm we will begin the sound bath. We will all gather in one spot at the centre of our group to do an 11 minute sound bath. We will ommmm and expand it into the world. When you hear the sound bath begin just start to congregate in the center. After the sound bath, the MedMob is officially over and the rest of our Sunday begins!

MedMob’s Goal:

1. To expose the World to meditation through public display of meditation.

2. To create an environment for people from all walks of life to come together in meditation.

3. To come together as a Global Community to send positive intentions out into the world.

Visit www.MedMob.org for more details on setting up an event in your city.

We’re riding the wave at the forefront of Evolution!

http://www.facebook.com/medmobsydney

http://www.medmobsydney.wordpress.com

http://www.twitter.com/medmobsydney

and you can RSVP via facebook here…(feel free to invite friends)

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219082058137084

Peace, Love & Metta, MedMob Team, Sydney

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in Uncategorized