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Are You Tired of the “Happy Birthday” Song?

Recite the Metta Meditation as You Wash Your Hands

If you are tired of singing the Happy Birthday song as you practice good handwashing technique, use that time for a short meditation break.

Metta Meditation

May all beings be happy.
May all beings be healthy.
May all beings be free from suffering.
May all beings be at peace.

Repeat the meditation twice slowly and mindfully. (If you are inclined to rush, repeat it three times.)

The Benefits

In addition to the benefits of good handwashing, using the Metta Meditation calms and refocuses mind and body.  It sends positive energy into a world that desperately needs it.

The Research

Namaste

New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers

National Geographic Daily News reports on several new studies on the healing powers of yoga.

  • In a study of 200 breast cancer survivors who had not practiced yoga before the study, the group that had practiced yoga reported less fatigue and higher levels of vitality three months after treatment had ended. The study was led by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University, and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
  • In research that has not yet been published, Maryanna Klatt, an associate professor of clinical family medicine at Ohio State University found that 160 third graders in low-income areas who practiced yoga with their teacher had self-reported improvements in attention.

Read the full article>> New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers.

Jane Fonda on the “Third Act” of Life

On my way to a yoga class last week, I caught a few minutes of an interview with Jane Fonda on the Diane Rehm Show (from WAMU).


In the interview, they discuss Fonda’s new book, Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit–making the most of all of your life.

To hear the complete interview or read the transcript go to» http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2011-08-11/jane-fonda-prime-time

REHM: But it does seem to me that for a great many people, getting older is tough. There are illnesses. There are problems with family. There is loss of a job. There’s lack of money. People have tons of problems to get through. But you have lots of advantages. You’re healthy. You’re athletic. You’ve kept your body strong. You’ve kept your mind going and you’ve got plenty of money.

FONDA: Let me say two things about that, Diane. That is all true and yet there’s been studies done. There was one, a very large study done of 350,000 Americans from very young age to very old age and what it showed is that most people over 50 tend to be happier, less hostile, less stressed, less anxious. The scientists don’t entirely understand why, but they postulate certain things that make sense to me.

 

 
Fonda also uses a metaphor from Mary Catherine Bateson’s recent book Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom. “We have not added decades to life expectancy by simply extending old age; instead, we have opened up a new space partway through the life course, a second and different kind of adulthood that precedes old age, and as a result every stage of life is undergoing change.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses

While looking online for some information on Mindfulness Meditation, I came across the video of a wonderful 2005 lecture by Jon Kabat-Zinn that I wanted to share.

Renowned mindfulness meditation teacher and best-selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at UCSD Medical Center in 2005 on the topic of “Coming to Our Senses”, which is also the name of his book, subtitled “Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness”. A pioneer in the application of ancient Buddhist practices to healing in modern medical settings, Kabat-Zinn expounds upon the value of “resting in awareness” not only to facilitate clarity in ourselves, but also as a means of relating to and healing the “dis-ease” in politics, society and the world.

First Aired on UCSD Television: 4/28/2005

Easier with Yoga

 Reprinted from HHS Healthbeat (August 1, 2011)

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A study indicates yoga can ease stress in women getting radiation treatment for breast cancer.

At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Lorenzo Cohen saw this in women who did yoga or stretching. He says the stretching group reported feeling less tired, but the yoga group got this plus less stress and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Dr. Cohen says it’s best to do yoga regularly:

“It’s constantly exposing yourself to the positive benefits and the relaxation that we feel after a mind-body practice that can be quite useful.’’

The study presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Man Who Prescribes the Medicine of the Moment

A Profile of Jon Kabat-Zinn

In his article The Man Who Prescribes the Medicine of the Moment, Barry Boyce profiles Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has brought the benefits of meditation practice to tens of thousands of people .

The core program of Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness-based stress reduction  (MBSR) includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation and “mindful yoga practices,” exercises to “enhance awareness in everyday life,” daily mindfulness assignments, and methods for improving communication. The program  emphasizes working with the body using body scanning and yoga exercises to strengthen the body and release muscular tension.

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