Quiet Mind Meditation

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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Mindfulness and Depression Therapy

There seems to be a wealth of meditation research and education flowing around the Internet at the moment .. I have posted a few recent reports this week because I think it is really interesting to marry the 'art and the science' of meditation.

Today I read that Aberdeen University is now offering the first course of its kind in Scotland - a part time MSc in Mindfulness .. 'a revolutionary Buddhist-based non-medication approach to depression therapy'.

"Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention to one's mind and one's experience in a way that is non-judgemental and kind. So much of the time our mind just spins off in different directions. So much of our time is waster. Mindfulness is training our mind to be centered so we can be more calm and effective in what we do in our life" says Karma Choden (former lawyer who is now a monk at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre who assisted in creating the course).

Dr Alistair Wilson, a consultant psychiatrist at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow, said that there has been a profound shift in attitude towards mindfulness based cognitive therapy .. "There are very rigorous studies that show a reduction in recurrence rates with people with depression"

Article was found in News.Scotsman.com

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