Monitoring and Acceptance of the Present Moment Underlies Mindfulness’ Improving of Positive Emotions

Monitoring and Acceptance of the Present Moment Underlies Mindfulness’ Improving of Positive Emotions   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “developing an orientation of acceptance toward present-moment experiences is a central mechanism of mindfulness interventions for boosting positive emotions in daily life.” – Emily Lindsay   Mindfulness practice has been shown to improve emotions and their regulation. […]

Improve Brain Processing of Awareness and Emotions with Mindfulness

Improve Brain Processing of Awareness and Emotions with Mindfulness By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Evidence suggests that particular areas of the brain may either shrink or grow in response to regular mindfulness practice.” – Meera Joshi   There has accumulated a large amount of research demonstrating that meditation practice has significant benefits for psychological, physical, […]

Improve Emotions and Thinking with Mindfulness

Improve Emotions and Thinking with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Through mindfulness you can learn to turn your negative emotions into your greatest teachers and sources of strength. . . Instead of ‘turning away’ from pain in avoidance we can learn to gently ‘turn towards’ what we’re experiencing. We can bring a caring open […]

Improve Well-Being with Mandala Drawing

Improve Well-Being with Mandala Drawing   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Mandala means “sacred circle” in Sanskrit, which is a traditional concept employed in meditation and a ritual symbol that represents the universe in Hinduism and Buddism. Today, Mandala has evolved into a powerful art therapy exercise that allows the creator to enjoy […]

Meditation and Exercise Practices can be Maintained Long-Term after Training Completion

Meditation and Exercise Practices can be Maintained Long-Term after Training Completion   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Maintaining your meditation practice after the course has finished is often a struggle. Without the structure of a follow-on course it’s easy to lose track, stop practising and get down-hearted and even give up.”   Over […]

Improve Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms In Veterans With Body Scan or Breath Following Meditation.

Improve Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms In Veterans With Body Scan or Breath Following Meditation.   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Practicing mindfulness can help you to be more focused and aware of the present moment while also being more willing to experience the difficult emotions that sometimes come up after trauma.” – […]