Spirituality & Science Converge
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Some people talk about Mindfulness in the context of spirituality. The Buddha and Eckhart Tolle are two examples.
Others approach the subject based on science and what is known about neurology, psychology, physiology and more. Articles in Scientific American and the Harvard Gazette are just two of many that look at the science behind Mindfulness and meditation.
Still others, like Tara Brach, combine both perspectives. Tara is a Buddhist and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology.
And then there’s the personal productivity author and consultant, David Allen, who is just plain pragmatic when he points out the inefficiencies of cluttering our heads with “stuff.” He talks about the strategic value of clear space.
Regardless of their philosophical, religious or scientific foundation, these diverse disciplines and perspectives converge to teach a single powerful Truth: Mindfulness is good for us, it works — and it’s pretty darn essential too.
The Science of Meditation & Mindfulness
This video comes from the scientific side. It paints a clear and compelling picture why a Mindfulness practice can be so important. Constant stress and upset can make manifest in many physical symptoms and actual illness.
This video from Harvard University talks about research that’s investigating the effects of Mindfulness meditation and other practices on depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is used to observe how meditation affects brain processes.
The Spiritual Perspective
In this video, Eckhart Tolle talks about the healing power of Presence (his word for Mindfulness) from a spiritual perspective. He doesn’t use medical terminology and concepts beyond a brief reference to the immune system, but his teaching about Mindfulness and physical wellbeing is strikingly similar to what science tells us.
I hope you found these videos interesting. I intend to explore the issue more. Indeed I was perusing Barnes & Noble at Crocker Park this weekend where I spotted a book I couldn’t resist, The Practical Neuroscience of Buddha’s Brain: Happiness, Love & Wisdom. I’ll return to this subject here again sometime soon.
This post is part of a continuing series under the banner Life 2.0 that examines Mindfulness, Presence, Meditation and Acceptance. The journey starts at my website with extensive videos featuring Eckhart Tolle, Tara Brach, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Andy Puddicombe, David Allen and others. This blog continues the journey from time to time with new thoughts, content and resources. I invite to visit my website and then follow the continuing posts here.
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