Interesting reflections on mindfulness and activism from Ronald Purser in The Guardian.
All in Mindfulness
A large RCT shows that mindfulness yoga is an effective treatment option for patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease.
An 8-week mind-body relaxation program offered through the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital taught participants several different mind-body approaches, including meditation, yoga, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral skills, and positive psychology. It found that people in the relaxation program used 43% fewer medical services than they did the previous year. Article here.
Did you catch the ABC TV’s Catalyst program ‘The Mindfulness Experiment’? It’s terrific! Its synopsis reads ‘15 ordinary Australians to take part in a revealing scientific experiment – to see if practicing mindfulness can help treat conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and stress that affect millions of us’. Video and transcript here.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness based interventions and yoga in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Mindfulness and yoga based programs are effective in reducing stress, depression and anxiety and improving quality of life in individuals suffering from IBD. The effects on physical outcomes are equivocal and further research is needed.
A nice summary of a small study looking at the impact of a specifically designed eight week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course on quality of life in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Nice little review article here.
Wonderful and insightful post from the ever inspiring team at Quest for Life.
A large multicenter RCT finds that online MBCT is similarly effective in reducing psychological distress in a sample of heterogeneous patients with cancer as those treated with MBCT delivered face-to-face.
Interesting research out of UCLA linking mindfulness, creativity, imagination and nature.
An oldie but a goodie. Neuroplasticity, compassion and resilience as featured in ‘The Atlantic’.
A recent systematic review reported decreased levels of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine (stress-related hormones) associated to interventions like yoga, meditation, tai chi, acupuncture, mindfulness, religious/spiritual practices, cognitive behaviour therapy, coping and physical exercises, and more..
A RCT comparing a five week program of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness to a wait list resulted in reduced stress, anxiety and worry, which was maintained at a five week follow up.
Jon Kabat-Zinn features here on the Bill Moyers special 'Healing and the Mind'.
'People with anxiety show reduced stress on the arteries after a single one hour introductory session'.
Elite athletes learnt a while ago that training the mind is just as important as training the body. Here too now singers.
Neuroplasticity and mindfulness in the Harvard Gazette.