- October 1st, 2013
A new brain study by researchers at Yale University showed that people who meditate regularly are able to switch off parts of the brain associated with anxiety, schizophrenia, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and other problems.By Matthew B. James, PhD
- September 1st, 2013
“Try not to think. Quiet your mind.”
Meditation can sound daunting, mysterious. What is quiet? What is empty? It’s not completely understood. Much interest and information surrounds meditation, yet it remains elusive to many.
The main stumbling block is attaining inner quiet. “I can’t shut my brain off” is a common defeated observation.A path to quiet meditationBy Mary Ann Peterson, LAc, MAcOM
- July 1st, 2013
As a Harvard-trained cardiologist, I see the value in modern Western medicine for heart-related diseases. However, 20-plus years of experience has taught me that heart health is much more than just caring for the physical organ that pumps blood throughout the body.Holistic therapies for heart healthBy Cynthia Thaik, MD
- June 1st, 2013
Despite the richness of the English language, we wrestle to express the connection between the mind and the body in non-dichotomous terms. Our metaphors, however, have no such problems. We speak of heartache, of someone getting under our skin, or of being a pain in the neck. Sometimes the metaphors are connected to quite similar manifestations in our bodies.Mind-body practices for easing conception and well-beingBy Victoria Maizes, MD
- May 1st, 2013
Have you ever wanted to meditate but just didn’t know how to start? This month’s Inner Balance can put you on the right path—and it’s easier than you’d think.
Excerpted from the new book Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease by Ajayan Borys. Published with permission of New World Library (newworldlibrary.com).
- March 1st, 2013
Through research performed in the last twenty years, we now have ample scientific evidence for the existence and power of the mind-body connection. Numerous studies have increased our understanding of the mind-body link, demonstrating it to be a powerful tool for improving the quality of our lives.Exploring a key to health and happinessBy Mary Jo Ricketson
- March 1st, 2013
People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions in which psychological stress plays a major role—such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma— may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques according to a new study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity.
- January 1st, 2013
African-Americans with heart disease who practiced transcendental meditation regularly were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die from all causes compared with African-Americans who attended a health education class over more than five years, according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
- July 1st, 2012
Yoga has grown in popularity for a variety of reasons. Among them is its ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve mood, and slow the aging process.
- July 1st, 2012
Part of truly appreciating our human experience is enjoying the sweetness of life—a perfectly ripe peach, a fresh slice of homemade bread, or a scoop of chocolate ice cream. However, at a time when we have access to the world’s rich variety of sweet delicacies more than ever before, the number of people with difficulties metabolizing sugar in their bloodstream soars.A Mind-Body Approach to DiabetesBy Sheila Patel, MD