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Peace-creating experts by www.permanentpeace.org, 5 Nov 2005
Peace-creating experts are trained in traditional Vedic technologies of consciousness, including powerful and thoroughly verified meditation techniques. Recent research has shown that peace-creating groups dramatically reduce crime, terrorism and war in the surrounding society.

Meditation: Getting Started by Katherine Ellison, Psychology Today Magazine, Oct 2006
Buddhism offers a rich variety of meditation practices. The following basic exercise in focusing attention comes from B. Alan Wallace's The Attention Revolution.

Take three slow, gentle, deep breaths, breathing in and out through the nostrils. Let your awareness permeate your entire body as you breathe, noting any sensations that arise. Now settle your respiration in its natural flow. Observe the entire course of each in- and out-breath, noting whether it is long or short, deep or shallow, slow or fast. Don't impose any rhythm on your breathing. Let the body breathe as if you were fast asleep, but with your mind vigilant.
Mastering Your Own Mind by Katherine Ellison,
Distracted? Angry? Envious? There's growing evidence that attention, emotion regulation—even love—are skills that can be trained through the practice of meditation. Perhaps it's time for you to become a high-performance user of your own brain.

In contrast, practiced Buddhist meditators deploy their brains with exceptional skill. Drawing on 2,500 years of mental technology—techniques for paying careful attention to the workings of their own minds—they develop expertise in controlling the flow of their mental life, avoiding the emotional squalls that often compel us to take personal feelings oh, so personally, and clearing new channels for awareness, calm, compassion and joy. Their example holds the possibility that we can all choose to modulate our moods, regulate our emotions and increase cognitive capacity—that we can all become high-performance users of our own brains.
For Stress Reduction, Meditate! by Bill Moyers, Psychology Today Magazine
An expert explains why meditation can help reduce stress.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is internationally known for his work using meditation to help medical patients find relief from chronic pain and stress-related disorders. More important, perhaps, he brings to the arena of mind/body science a touch of the poet as well as the pragmatist, giving us the hows and whys of meditation in a language we don't often associate with the subject.
The Science of Meditation by Cary Barbor, Psychology Today Magazine
The Science of Meditation Meditation may help squash anxiety. The practice brings about dramatic effects in as little as a 10-minute session.

Aside from determining its physiological effects, defining the actual act of meditation can be as elusive as imagining the sound of one hand clapping. In his book, "What is Meditation?" (Shambhala Publications, 1999), Rob Nairn talks about it as a state of "bare attention." He explains, "It is a highly alert and skillful state of mind because it requires one to remain psychologically present and 'with' whatever happens in and around one without adding to or subtracting from it in any way."
Patient Wisdom by PT Staff, Psychology Today Magazine
How to watch your mind the Buddhist way. Psychiatrist Mark Epstein discusses Vipassana meditation. PT: What sort of Buddhist meditation do you practice?

EPSTEIN: From the age of twenty-one, I've practiced a form of Buddhist meditation rooted in Southeast Asia and called Vipassana. This kind of meditation emphasizes a practice of what's called bare attention. You just watch your mind. You give impartial attention to your thoughts and your emotions without judging them. When I sat down and began my work as a therapist, I automatically went into this state of mind that I had cultivated in meditation.
Buddhism and the Blues by Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today Magazine
Buddhist psychology's core techniques of meditation and awareness may have much to offer ordinary Westerners.

To most people Buddhism is an ancient Eastern religion, although a very special one. It has no god, it has no central creed or dogma and its primary goal is the expansion of consciousness, or awareness.
A Meeting of Minds by PT Staff, Psychology Today Magazine
Some of the world's best thinkers gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 2003 to discuss how scientists and Buddhists can collaborate to understand the nature of reality. The meeting focused on neuroscience and psychology. Here's what they had to say:

"You can't have a complete science of the mind without understanding subjectivity and consciousness. Introspection is a way of looking into the mind and reporting what you find. Psychologists took the route of objectifying the mind for 100 years. Subjectivity has been a taboo subject. It has taken psychology 100 years to find its way back." —Evan Thompson, associate professor of philosophy, York University, Toronto
Finding meditation, losing stress by CARRIE MASON-DRAFFEN, Newsday, January 7, 2006
New York, USA -- Middle-school art teacher Sharon Fleisher wanted to master the art of handling difficult students without losing her cool in the classroom. The Huntington resident's headaches and stiff neck made her mission critical.

Meditation Shown to Reduce Aging by SHAI D. BRONSHTEIN, Contributing Writer, 12/16/2005
Study shows meditation to have long-term physical effects

A recent study by Harvard instructor Dr. Sara W. Lazar, has shown that meditation can help to increase brain function, reduce the effects of aging on the brain, and improve concentration and memory.
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