Our Conscience Uncovers the Truth

To lie or not to lie. That is the question. The internal dialogue that takes place while we decide whether or not to serve the Truth usually sounds like this: “If I lie, the outcome I fear will probably just disappear. If I speak the Truth, the outcome I fear is going to cause me pain.”

That’s how most human beings struggle with the ego’s desire for short-term, limited gratification versus the long-term benefit offered by the conscience. It’s the age-old conversation between the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other.

But the simple Truth is that a lie […]

Do You Really Want Our Politicians To Tell The Truth?

Many voters are expressing their anger at elected officials who do not speak the Truth. From a yogic perspective, this sociological phenomenon is extremely interesting––especially since politicians have rarely, if ever, been standard-bearers of the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.

Since the dawn of civilization, politicians have worked to serve the consciousness (aspirations, concerns and judgments) of the people they represent. Is it possible that our current surge of anger toward politicians portends a genuine change in the consciousness of humanity? Could this desire for truthful politicians signify the dawning of a deep-seated intuitive wisdom that knows […]

First Official Recognition

The American Heart Association acknowledges that meditation may be helpful in reducing risk factors for heart disease. The AHA states that seated meditation, added to a heart-healthy lifestyle, may also lower stress, anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and help individuals stop smoking.

2018-01-12T09:04:08+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|

Meditation for Sleep

Meditation improves sleep according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Half of the participants completed a six-session mindfulness program that included meditation, while the other half followed a set of instructions to improve sleep habits. Those in the meditation group had less insomnia, fatigue, and depression at the end of the study.

2018-01-12T09:03:07+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|

Milennials Are Meditating

The 2017 Stress in America survey revealed that millennials, (ages 18 to 35) are the most stressed out generation in history. The good news is that millennials are turning to meditation to resolve stress-related illness. According to a Pew study, 42% of millennials have meditated at least once in the past year and 27% at least once a week.

2018-01-12T09:00:22+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|

Meditation Techniques Help Students Focus

Meditation techniques are being used in schools across the country. A study by the University of California-Davis shows meditation practices actually triple students’ ability to focus and participate in class activities. Fourth graders meditating? Kindergartners practicing mindful breathing? It’s not a big deal at Harris Hill Elementary School in Pennfield, New York. Every class there has students doing both practices. As a consequence, “They’re less impulsive with one another, they think more deliberately about their words before they speak, so it definitely spills into the daily routines,” said 4th grade teacher Heidi Palmiero-Potter. “Mindfulness can be different things, like meditating […]

2018-01-12T08:59:36+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|

A Growing Acceptance

According to ABC News, recent research shows meditation’s soothing effects can be detected in arterial walls and in the brain. Meditation was once considered outside the mainstream. Today more insurers, like Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Massachusetts and a number of other insurers in Oregon and California are paying for meditation training—both as a form of medication and as preventive medicine. Dr. Robert Thurman of Columbia University says “Meditation is the act of disidentifying from inner thought flow and concentrating on calming and healing.  Through meditation, doctors help patients detach from their pain and anxieties and cultivate a real connection between […]

2018-01-12T08:58:21+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|

Wireless Sensors

Scripps Translational Science Institute and the Chopra Foundation have concluded a new study using wireless devices to measure vital signs in a more precise way to determine the effects of meditation on the heart and vascular system.  Program director, Dr. Eric Topol expects the results to be released in 2015.

2018-01-12T08:57:21+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Research led by Rebecca Wells, MD at Wake Forest Medical Center indicates that meditation and yoga can be helpful in treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in patients with mild cognitive impairment.  Dr. Wells says, “If it can delay the symptoms of cognitive decline even a little, it can contribute to improved quality of life.”

2018-01-12T08:56:16+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|

Meditation Linked to Low Blood Fats

Elderly, long-term meditators have lower blood levels of lipid peroxides, substances linked to heart disease, compared with elderly people who do not meditate. According to a recently published scientific study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, individuals may be able to reduce atherosclerosis and slow the aging process through meditation techniques.

Lipid peroxides are compounds resulting from the oxidation of blood-borne fats. These substances are thought to accumulate on the lining of arteries, contributing to arteriosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries.” In the study, blood tests revealed “significantly lower (15 percent less) serum levels of lipid peroxides” in the group of […]

2018-01-12T08:55:34+00:00 January 12th, 2018|News in Brief|