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Meditation

Meditation is the general term for focused practices that train our attention so we can improve our emotional stability, mental clarity, and spiritual growth. Meditation practices are present in many different spiritual and religious traditions, and they have been adapted for many secular purposes regarding physical and mental health. There are dozens of types of meditation, from those focusing on stillness to those focused on movement; from those focusing on a principle, idea, or object to those focusing on emptying the mind from any thoughts at all. Some use meditation to enhance their connection to the transcendent or divine, while others use it to connect to the physical world. Most meditation practices involve attention to breathing, the body, and the present moment; all practices aim to increase the practitioner’s sense of well-being.

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Meditation’s Impact on the Brain | Documentary Clip

This is a clip from the feature documentary “A Joyful Mind.”

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Shauna Shapiro: Mindfulness Meditation and the Brain

Psychologist, researcher, and mindfulness teacher Shauna Shapiro talks about the encouraging research behind meditation and its potential to change the makeup of our brains and our level of happiness.

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Madness & Meditation | Under the Skin with Russell Brand & Ruby Wax

The brilliant Ruby Wax joins Russell to discuss her transition from the world of showbiz to becoming known as a campaigner on mental-health issues and a champion of mindfulness.

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Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing Workshop—Part 3

Can we cultivate well-being in the same way that we can train our bodies to be healthier and more resilient? If so, how might we use the practice of meditation to experience equanimity, to open our hearts fully to others, and to cultivate insight and wisdom? In this workshop, two world-renowned exp...

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Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing Workshop—Part 2

Can we cultivate well-being in the same way that we can train our bodies to be healthier and more resilient? If so, how might we use the practice of meditation to experience equanimity, to open our hearts fully to others, and to cultivate insight and wisdom? In this workshop, two world-renowned exp...

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