Reviews the evidence for the use of mindfulness meditation in neurology applications, provide a brief practice of mindfulness meditation, and discuss simple mindfulness exercises that can be used by the practitioner and/or patient.
In this segment Marilyn and Lee discuss the challenges new medical students face learning alternative healing modalities in addition to their required allopathic curriculum. However, the increased interest and proven benefits of mind-body healing methods indicate a clear move in the direction of more integrated healing practices.
In this first section, IONS Board Member Lee Lipsenthal talks with IONS President Marilyn Mandala Schlitz about changes in allopathic health care and the wider acceptance of meditation, yoga, and consciousness in healing practices. They discuss research indicating patient's increased willingness to follow doctor's instructions when the patient feels the physician is really present with them.
Advanced meditators occasionally report experiences of timelessness, or states of awareness that seem to transcend the usual boundaries of the subjective present. This study investigates this awareness in eight experienced meditators and eight matched controls by measuring 32 channels of EEG before, during, and after exposure to unpredictable light and sound stimuli.
“A smart reminder that we haven’t got the whole scene covered – look at quantum mechanics – and that openness is more fruitful than seclusion in dogma.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“An admirable attempt to bridge the gap between the scientific and the spiritual realm by focusing on a common desire for self- and societal improvement.” ~ Publisher's Weekly
When it first appeared, The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation drew wide attention within the meditation community and eventually sold out. Its authors, Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan, leaders in the American growth center movement and themselves seasoned meditators, presented their bibliography as a project of the Center for Exceptional Functioning, a newly-founded program within Esalen Institute.
By establishing a dialogue in which the meditative practices of Buddhism and Christianity speak to the theories of modern philosophy and science, B. Alan Wallace reveals the theoretical similarities underlying these disparate disciplines and their unified approach to making sense of the objective world.
Can your thoughts heal another person, even from across the globe? Does meditation create “superhuman” levels of perception? Can prayer and intention actually affect reality? A few decades ago, scientists would have dismissed such ideas as superstition. Today, a growing body of persuasive research has turned many skeptics into believers when it comes to the power of spirituality. Measuring the Immeasurable brings together some of the most prominent authorities on the new frontier where science and spirit intersect, including: