How mindfulness changes your brain for the better


Mindfulness is more effective than anxiety medications.

Ever since I started practicing yoga and meditation many moons ago, I have been aware of how mindfulness is able to shift one’s perspective. As I discovered, being fully in the now can ease anxiety and create a remarkable sense of inner peace.

By Michael Forrester

Mindfulness-based teachings have shown benefits in everything from inflammatory disorders to central nervous system dysfunction and even cancer. Now, researchers are studying how cognitive therapy utilizing mindfulness techniques can serve as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals for people with anxiety disorders.

Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”, which can be trained by a large extent in meditation practices.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric conditions affecting children and adolescents. While antidepressants are frequently used to treat youth with anxiety disorders, they may be poorly tolerated in children who are at high risk of developing bipolar disorder. Moreover, many antidepressants cannot be metabolized by segments of the population due to deficiencies in metabolic pathways such as Cytochrome 450.

When it comes to treating depression and anxiety disorders, what’s better than brain-altering pharmaceutical meds? According to current research, mindfulness.

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Source: Wake Up World

Finding your way in the “space between stories”

This story caught my eye, particularly because I am currently experiencing my own “space between the stories.”

I think Lissa Rankin captures the essence of what millions of people are feeling as they move from the world they knew to one they’re not yet done imagining. It’s a place where we need to simply allow the existence of deep uncertainty,  doubt and insecurity that crash over us in waves – knowing a new story is at hand.

The “Space Between Stories”

By Lissa Rankin, MD – guest writer for Wake Up World

Are you feeling lost? Uncertain? Adrift? 

This week, I experienced a trauma that collapsed my story of self, yet a new story has not yet emerged. Charles Eisenstein calls this “the space between stories.”

Many of us are in this space between stories right now, when you feel lost, ungrounded, dislocated, as if your roots have been pulled up and you’re not quite sure where to land. Everything you thought you knew — about yourself and the world — is now in question.

Even our systems — the medical system, our political systems, the education system, the banking system — they’re in the space between stories too. We know the old way is falling apart, yet the new way has not yet been born.

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Source: The “Space Between Stories”

How emotion changes the look of your tears

This is a fascinating look at how the appearance of your tears can change based upon how you’re feeling when you cry, whether they’re tears of joy or tears of anguish. Follow Rose-Lynn Fisher on her journey to discover how this affects the appearance of our tears.

Looking at tears under a microscope reveals this shocking fact

It’s not something the average person ponders. Have you ever thought, “Hmm, I wonder if all tears are the same?” Are tears of joy the same as tears of sorrow? That’s exactly what Rose-Lynn Fisher wanted to find out, and find out she did.

Using a microscope, Fisher observed 100 different samples of tears.  Her discovery? Basal tears, the ones that are used solely for lubrication, are entirely different than the tears we shed while cutting onions; just as the tears that come from laughing are drastically different than tears of grief.

Fisher’s project, called The Topography of Tears, discovered that almost every tear we shed carries with it a tiny bit of human experience.

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Source: Looking at Tears Under a Microscope Reveals This Shocking Fact – Expanded Consciousness