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20-Minute Body Scan Meditation

Performing a daily body scan meditation can help us to reap the benefits of a mindfulness practice. So much of our day to day lives are often spent living in our heads, caught up in thoughts, expectations or ruminating about certain feelings or emotions. Other times we spend living outside ourselves – daydreaming, predicting future events, judgement about others or about how things should be. The events of the past months have led us to pause and reflect on what’s going on currently in our lives. As tragic and uncertain as these times may be, these moments can also [...]

By |2020-04-27T12:57:58+00:00April 27th, 2020|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Can Mindfulness Improve Heart Health?

When it comes to mindfulness, we most often hear how mindfulness can help with stress, anxiety, chronic pain and depression. What is sometimes overlooked is whether mindfulness can improve heart health. In fact, mindfulness has physiological effects on the entire body. Numerous studies over the past decade have found that meditation can improve a variety of factors linked with heart disease, making it an important part of heart health. Mindfulness techniques (including meditation) are being integrated more and more into cardiac rehab programs, while family physicians are increasingly prescribing mindfulness to their clients. Meditation & Heart Function Meditation practices [...]

By |2020-02-18T02:23:54+00:00February 17th, 2020|General Health & Wellbeing, Mindfulness|0 Comments

How Mindfulness Helps Manage Symptoms of Chronic Illness

Since the late 1970s, there have been over 1,000 publications reporting the effectiveness of mindfulness in managing symptoms of chronic illnesses, including conditions like heart disease, stroke and arthritis. Mindfulness training is a type of meditation that involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices. The goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused awareness by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment and can give one the enhanced ability to deal with illness. It may sound like a simple at first but [...]

By |2020-01-24T17:25:41+00:00October 14th, 2019|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Mindfulness: Reduce Stress & Chronic Pain

Retrain Your Brain for Better Physical and Mental Health How many of us have gotten to our destination after driving in our cars, only to ask ourselves, how did we get here? Or, have had encounters with coworkers, friends or family members only to ask ourselves what did we talk about? Our lives have turned into an endless assembly line, breakfast, work, gym, supper, work, bed… wake up and repeat. We are often so out of touch with what is happening in our daily lives, that often days, weeks or even months go by unnoticed. It often takes a [...]

By |2019-01-16T19:31:42+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Mindfulness|0 Comments