Monthly Archives: February 2014

Teens Get More than Better Test Scores with Mindfulness

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A study out of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) recently came out that showed how a two week mindfulness training improved students GRE reading-comprehension scores and working memory, while reducing mind wandering among students prone to distraction. 

…the adolescent brain (as does the adult brain) defaults to certain ways to cope with this high level of stress. These unhealthy habits include, but are not limited to: Procrastination, over-eating, under-eating, isolating, self-harm, sleeping too much, not sleeping enough, working harder into the night at the expense of health, worrying and at times, the extreme attempt of suicide.  (Author –  Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D)

See link below:  

http://www.mindful.org/mindful-voices/on-mental-health/teens-get-more-than-better-test-scores-with-mindfulness

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NEW MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE LISTING

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“With the pressures facing most people today, it is essential to take your mental health seriously. This is especially true for college students and young people, whose lack of experience in the real world could lead to major mental health issues resulting from stress, overwork, fatigue, or even the onset of a more serious mental illness. In fact, up to 75 percent of college students with possible mental health issues do not seek help for what ails them.”

Information on this page is categorized by state or area, gives brief explanations of different struggles, and provides information on services available.

See the link:  

 http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/mental-health-resources/ 

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The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

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“Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond. You will never, never be able to sit back with full contentment and say, ‘Now, I’ve arrived!'”   Alan Watts

See link:  http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/27/alan-watts-taboo/

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Advice needed…

I’m not getting Reader feeds…they aren’t loading on my page…Anyone else have this problem…and know how to fix it?  Thanks. 

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Arcadia Redux

Fascinating excerpt…touches on memory, nostalgia, saudade….

Excerpt:

“Despite the limitations of the pastoral landscape, we continue to yearn for a safe haven where contemplation and dream may flower:

The motive of seductive rhetoric, no matter how artful or self-conscious, is real desire.  The locus amoenus is a mythic rather than a merely rhetorical place. Like all myths, it means more than any interpretation can articulate, and whether consciously believed in or not, it shapes people’s sense of the world and it motivates their behavior.

A powerful source and solace, nostalgia for lost time motivates anyone interested in memory’s landscape […] Feelings of nostalgia stem from an impulse to idealize memory and history, not just the communal memory of place, but our particular sense of childhood as a lost paradise.”

—Ann Townsend, introducing Steven Marx’s comments on pastoral landscape in “Arcadia Redux,” from Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry, ed. by David Baker and Ann Townsend (Graywolf Press, 2007)

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What Actually Happens While You Sleep and How It Affects Your Every Waking Moment

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“…sleep remains one of the most poorly understood human biological functions, despite some recent strides in understanding the “social jetlag” of our internal clocks and the relationship between dreaming and depression. In Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep (public library), journalist David K. Randall — who stumbled upon the idea after crashing violently into a wall while sleepwalking — explores “the largest overlooked part of your life and how it affects you even if you don’t have a sleep problem.” From gender differences to how come some people snore and others don’t to why we dream, he dives deep into this mysterious third of human existence to illuminate what happens when night falls and how it impacts every aspect of our days.”

See link:  http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/21/dreamland-science-of-sleep-david-randall/

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