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Want To Start Meditating? There's An App For That. - WGBH Living Lab Radio

Meditation is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. In its original form, it requires nothing more than a place to sit.

But meditation and mindfulness have gained newfound popularity in recent years. And, as with everything else in our lives, technology seems to be creeping in — from meditation apps to experiments with brain-stimulating electronic signals.

Experts gathered in Boston at a recent symposium at Harvard University to discuss the possibilities and ramifications of technology-assisted meditation. Read more here.

With mindfulness, life’s in the moment - Changing minds in more ways than one

The popularity of mindfulness has been bolstered by research suggesting that it reduces stress, improves attention and memory, and promotes empathy. Dr. Suzanne Westbrook, one of our MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) instructors is featured for her work teaching mindfulness at Harvard. Read more here.


How Mindfulness May Change the Brain

The Harvard Gazette shares how researchers have been studying the ways mindfulness meditation can change the brain in depressed patients. Our Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is among the featured groups in this article, exploring meditation’s effects on the brains of clinically depressed patients, a group for whom studies have shown meditation to be effective. Read more here


One Moment at a Time: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Hope for Addiction Treatment

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier helped conduct the first federally-funded, randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness intervention for addictive disorders. In an op-ed, he shares his personal journey toward mindfulness meditation and incorporating this practice into addiction treatment. Read more here.


Shifting Out of Autopilot: The Health Benefits of Being Present

Some researchers say the average person has 50,000 thoughts a day. The CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion offers a mechanism to quiet that inner traffic. Scout Cambridge, a bimonthly local lifestyle magazine, ran an extensive feature on the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion in its latest issue, focused on tools for wellness. Read more here.

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