The knowledge and practice of meditation continues to rise in the mainstream, and has been infusing its way into hospitals, schools, and businesses. This may be, in part, due to the growing body of research that shows mindfulness meditation interventions improve a variety of health conditions, positively impact quality of life, are inexpensive and easy to implement, and have minimal--if any-- side effects. However, because most of the structured mindfulness meditation classes take place in a group setting, this can be an obstacle for people to engage in learning and maintaining a meditation practice.
In a recent study, Internet Mindfulness Meditation Intervention for the General Public: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial, IONS scientist Helané Wahbeh and her colleague Barry Oken looked at an internet mindfulness meditation intervention (IMMI), an offering that could help make mindfulness meditation accessible on a larger scale to those who desire or need it. This pilot study takes a first look at the feasibility, acceptability, and ability of IMMI to increase meditation practice.
The research found that IMMI participants increased their home practice behavior (days practiced, total minutes, and average minutes) significantly compared to those who just had access to the guided meditations. They also rated higher on the client satisfaction questionnaire. Drs. Wahbeh and Oken concluded that IMMI was indeed both feasible and acceptable for the general public.
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Calm the Mind for a Happy Home
Having a happy home generally means you'll be happier within yourself and your relationships. But achieving such clarity is harder said than done - so something as simple as a slight change in your home can be a great start.
"You can use votive candles, relaxing music and colours and decorations that speak to you of happiness and peace," professional white witch Rebecca Ryan, explains. However, some more permanent changes can also be put in place, and Ryan recommends earthen tones - "we find them very relaxing"- such as brown, bone and sand, which can be painted onto walls or used in furniture.
Ryan suggests smell as a simple way to calm a house. "Regular use of strong smelling cleaning oils like tea tree oils or citrus can keep energy moving through your house and stop chi from becoming stagnant," she says, recommending sage as a common clearer of bad energy, and camomile and rosemary for settling nerves.
"Chamomile and rosemary both are very good settling and restorative scents as is most anything that isn't citrus or spice as they tend to clear and invigorate. You might like to light a scented candle in your room as you start to get ready for bed and then blow it out as you tuck in for the night."
Her final tip? If you look after your space it will look after you. "The body mind spirit is energy efficient with just a little conscious awareness of it and some subtle energy boosters in its surroundings. From time to time we all need a hand."
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Yoga and Meditation Instead of Drugs for Kids
Damel Royster, 11, said school can cause stress, but she knows how to deal with it. "You know how something really irritates you? You just like (sigh), and we just like do the meditation."
The 6th grader from Baltimore, Maryland has practiced yoga and meditation for three years. She attends free classes after school. The extracurricular activities are becoming more popular at schools nationwide, as examples of mind-body therapy.
Dr. Emily Sibinga is a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins University, and a co-author of a new medical report that shows mind-body therapy can help children and teenagers overcome physical and emotional pain, as well as behavioral problems. "Therapies that are aimed at helping our minds help our sort of whole person do better or be healthier," she said.
Researchers said the mind-body skills that students learn in these classes can help them for the rest of their lives. "When you have these tools when you're younger and you implement them when you're older, your life can be much smoother," Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher, Jerron Wallace said.
It's a tool Damel already uses. "I say 'just breathe, just breathe' it's not that serious," she said.
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