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How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Company’s Leadership

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How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Company’s Leadership

Sometimes life can be very stressful for yourself and your colleagues. However, adopting mindfulness when leading a time can make a huge difference. We at Cherish Healing provide onsite workshops on Mindfulness in the work place.  To read more about what Harvard think see below.  To work with us click here at get in touch

"Mindfulness is the height of fashion in leadership development circles. At a recent conference in the field, we saw a missionary-type fervor among some trainers who claimed that mindfulness could fix every ill in the organizational world. It’s easy to..."

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Kindness Key to Happiness and Acceptance for Children

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Kindness Key to Happiness and Acceptance for Children

Children can sometimes find it difficult to express their emotions. There has been a study that proves children who perform acts of kindness are happier.

"In the study, published December 26 by PLOS ONE, researchers examined how to boost happiness in students aged 9 to 11 years. Four hundred students from Vancouver elementary schools were asked to report on their happiness and to identify which of their classmates they would like to work with on school activities. Half of the students were asked by their teachers to perform acts of kindness -- like sharing their lunch or giving their mom a hug when she felt stressed -- and half were asked to keep..."

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Documentary Explores Meditation in Mexico Prisons

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Documentary Explores Meditation in Mexico Prisons

Meditation can be adopted in many environments. This article explores how meditation helped those in prison in Mexico. 

"When Greg Hopkinson walked into one of the most violent prisons in Mexico - a jail where 44 inmates died in a battle between rival drug cartels - the experience was mind-blowing. "It was just unbelievable - the peace, contentment, and stillness in the place was palpable. "Effectively we walked into this massive meditation..." 

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South Korea Focuses On Happiness

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South Korea Focuses On Happiness

It's very nice to see how happiness is slowly becoming a bigger focus in life. We all try our best to be successful at whatever we do, whether it be a teacher, a business man, a president etc. Though it's important to remember, happiness plays a big role in the overall success of ones life, regardless of where you are in the world.

" "Overall, national growth in the past did not secure a virtuous cycle of happiness of the people,” said Dr. Lee. “Despite national economic growth, anxiety about the future because of growth stagnation and social polarization makes individuals feel..."

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Could Mindfulness Really Work For Me?

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Could Mindfulness Really Work For Me?

Mindfulness has been backed up with a lot of scientific evidence proving that mindfulness is an activity anyone can undertake to be more happy with life. 

"Put simply, mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment. It draws on eastern meditation traditions and was introduced as a clinical therapy in the 1970s by American professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. Therapeutically, it trains people to focus their minds and understand that negative thoughts may come and go..."

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Students As Young As Five Doing Daily Meditation

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Students As Young As Five Doing Daily Meditation

There are many benefits to children adopting meditation at an early age. Even children undergo stress during their lives and knowing how to relax and think mindfully is the first step...

"Students as young as five are doing daily meditation in class as the mindfulness movement sweeps Victorian schools. Wellbeing workers are becoming more common as schools integrate mental health into learning to improve student wellbeing, grades and social skill..."

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How Meditation Might Help Chronic Pain

Self help through meditation can alleviate any chronic pain you or your loved one may be experiencing. Why not give it a go? 

"Veterans who have been wounded often deal with chronic pain conditions. A new study suggests they might be able to help themselves. The study tested nine veterans who had chronic pain, splitting them into two separate groups. Several different methods were..."

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When She’s Not Filming “OITNB”, Yael Stone Teaches Yoga To Former Inmates

Yoga is really beneficial for anyone and it can help those with excess stress in their lives. Yael Stone is an advocate of this and helps to combat ill physical and mental health by teaching yoga in a New York shelter. 

"When she’s not portraying inmate Lorna Morello on the Netflix prison drama Orange Is The New Black, Yael Stone chips away at the trauma caused by incarceration in an unexpected way..."

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When Downward Dog Is on the Syllabus: Why Schools Are Embracing Yoga

Children/Young adults have a lot of potential in them. Maximising the energy they have during school hours can really put them on track to a successful life. One of the ways schools are increasing the energy within an educational environment is through embracing yoga. 

"In the 15 years since, Bent On Learning has seen yoga in the classroom grow beyond those 10 schools. They are now bringing the practice to 3,500 students around the city and find the demand for classes growing faster than they can keep up. Program manager Kristin Lalka estimates that..." 

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Can’t Get into Yoga or Meditation? Try Knitting Instead

Just like yoga and meditation, a hobby like knitting will decrease the stress you may be experiencing in your busy and active life. You may even be able to sell on your knitting pieces! 

"Dr. Herbert Benson, a mind-body medicine pioneer and author of The Relaxation Response, says that the repetitive movement of needlework can encourage a relaxed mind/body state just like you get from meditation and yoga. It can even lower..."

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14 Celebs Who Meditate

Successful celebrities with a busy schedule do still dedicate time to meditation due to its wellbeing benefits.. Nicole Kidman...Oprah... Ellen DeGeneres... And many more! 

"Why Meditate?
According to Deepak Chopra “For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsetsinto the peace and clarity of present moment awareness..."

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What Happens When We Apply Yoga Philosophy to Food?

This is an interesting article about a unique relationship with food. 'I ached for nourishment after my premature birth, incubating under lights with a bottle of formula. As a child, food made me itchy, sick, and full of cravings. Being told that food was inherently “good” or “bad” if it made me “skinny” or “fat” confused me further. When I was 15, I lost my dad to suicide, and subtle emotional eating began to fill the voids. In my search for deeper spiritual happiness, I followed rivers and became a mountain medic, a yogi, and a nutritionist. I discovered how yoga’s wisdom could…'

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How One Plus-Size Woman Is Changing the Way We See Yoga

She knows she doesn’t have the stereotypical “yoga body,” and she owns it. Instead of telling followers to ask themselves how they look doing yoga, Jessamyn focuses on the internal effects of the exercise — how her students feel. A yoga teacher herself, Jessamyn is larger than many of her students, and told The Cut that she encourages women who have misconceptions about curvier yoga instructors to take her class. 

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Mindfulness Pain Relief Distinct from Placebo Effect

A new study demonstrates that the practice of mindfulness may ease pain in a way that is mechanistically distinct from the placebo effect. Research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that mindfulness meditation not only outperformed placebo and fake meditation for pain relief but that it also activated different brain regions than the placebo treatments. Click here for more 

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Mix meditation, yoga and NHS services and get … wellbeing

Akeen Ali, director of public health at Northamptonshire county council is part of the core team launching Northamptonshire’s Wellbeing Company, a new community interest company (CIC) created by the trust, Northamptonshire county council and Northamptonshire University.  It is the first countywide prevention service, focused on keeping people well rather than treating them only after illness occurs. WOW and YES to this!!!! 

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5 ways to keep your memory sharp : Harvard Article

5 ways to keep your memory sharp

The way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body affect your memory as well as your physical health and wellbeing. Here are five things you can do every day to keep mind and body sharp.

Manage your stress. The constant drumbeat of daily stresses such as deadline pressures or petty arguments can certainly distract you and affect your ability to focus and recall. But the bigger problem is an ongoing sense of extreme anxiety—that can lead to memory impairment. If you don’t have a strategy in place for managing your stress, protecting your memory is one reason to get one. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and a “mindful” approach to living can all help.

 

Get a good night’s sleep. People who don’t sleep well at night tend to be more forgetful than people who sleep soundly. A good night’s sleep is essential for consolidating memories. The most common reason for poor sleep is insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Unfortunately, many medicines used to treat insomnia can also impair memory and general brain function. That’s why it’s best to try improving your sleep habits first and turn to medication only if those steps don’t help. If you do need sleep aids, use the lowest dose for the shortest time needed to get your sleep back on track.

If you smoke, quit. Easier said than done, certainly, but if you need additional motivation, know that smokers have a greater degree of age-related memory loss and other memory problems than nonsmokers. People who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day at midlife have more than double the risk of developing dementia in old age compared with nonsmokers. However, those who stop smoking by midlife and those who smoke less than half a pack a day have a similar a risk of dementia as people who have never smoked.

If you drink alcohol, do so moderately. Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk for memory loss and dementia. People with alcoholism have difficulty performing short-term memory tasks, such as memorizing lists. Another type of memory loss associated with alcohol use is called Korsakoff’s syndrome. In this condition, long-term vitamin B1 deficiency combined with the toxic effects of alcohol on the brain can trigger sudden and dramatic amnesia. In some cases this memory loss is permanent, but if caught early, can be reversed to some degree.

Protect your brain from injury. Head trauma is a major cause of memory loss and increases the risk of developing dementia. Always use the appropriate gear during high-speed activities and contact sports. Wear seat belts when riding in motor vehicles. Car accidents are by far the most common cause of brain injury, and wearing seat belts greatly reduces the chances of severe head injury. Wear a helmet when bicycling, riding on a motorcycle, in-line skating, and skiing.

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