Posts Categorized: Mindfulness & Meditation

Stoicon Brisbane 2018

A bust of Marcus Aurelius

This is the transcript of a short talk that I prepared for Stoicon in Brisbane on 28 October 2018, where I propose that there is a degree of overlap between Stoicism and Mindfulness practice, and that mindfulness practice can be a support for anyone who wishes to live a life based on Stoic principles.

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Traditional Mindfulness Meditation Course – IAM Stage 1

Young woman meditating on the beach

The Integrating Awareness Meditation (IAM) course is typically done in stages, so that you get to practise for a while and absorb what you have learned, before you go on to the next, deeper stage.
This page holds information about the next scheduled 4-hour Traditional Mindfulness Meditation course (IAM – Stage 1).

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Meditation for Depression and Anxiety instead of Medication

Young woman meditating on the beach

A large research project at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which analysed 47 randomized controlled trials with a total of more than 3,500 participants, found that practising mindfulness meditation for half an hour a day can improve depression with 10-20%, and anxiety with 5-10%. This is similar to what previous studies have found to be the effect of anti-depressant medications.

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Special Early Bird Offer:
Three events combination package

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This is the Special Early Bird Offer: Attract Your Perfect Partner (full-day workshop); Life with a Purpose (full-day workshop) and Traditional Mindfulness Meditation (half-day course), all inclusive for $325, if you register for them as a “three events combination package”.

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Depression and Heart Failure

Research has established links between depression and heart failure; increased risk of ending up in the emergency room, of being hospitalised, and of dying. Anti-depressants may be doing more harm than good. Mindfulness meditation can be a safer, and equally effective, option.

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Living in the present

Hypnotic spiral with a black ball on top

From a physics/mathematics perspective the present moment has no duration. But if this was also our experience, then we would not be able to experience time passing. The experienced, “psychological” present moment lasts on average 2-3 seconds. Nevertheless, people who practice mindfulness meditation have a strong capacity for stretching their present moments, and therefore perceive time to pass more slowly.

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Mindfulness research findings

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Scientific mindfulness research findings show that mindfulness practice reduces the risk for heart attacks, increases working memory capacity and improves study results, and prevents relapses into drug & alcohol abuse better than standard 12-step programs.

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Mindful Breathing Therapy; mindfulness-based, integrative breathwork

Man stretching arms out at sunrise

Mindful Breathing Therapy is a mindfulness-based, body-oriented approach at the leading edge of modern psychotherapy that is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to cognitive and behavioural approaches in the treatment of e.g. anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorders.

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