This is your brain on life

Nov 17, 2018
Matt Haig: ‘I wanted to end it all, but surviving and thriving is the lesson I pass on’
A writer talks about his mental health. He ended up writing a book Reasons To Stay Alive. Please never suffer in silence or alone – Be meditation

Oct. 6, 2017
How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds
Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens (Wall Street Journal)

August 27, 2016
It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies
Lifestyle and its effects on wellness.

August 08, 2016
Here’s How Meditation Reduces Inflammation And Prevents Disease
As in the mind, so in the body.

February 03, 2016
How Stress Affects the Brain
How chronic stress can affect the brain’s size, structure, and how it functions.

February 10, 2016
Mindfulness Meditation Linked to the Reduction of a Key Inflammation Marker
The connection between mind and body.

July 31, 2015
Negative Thinking Affects the Brain
Our minds naturally focus on the bad and discard the good. It was much more important for our ancestors to avoid threats than to collect rewards: An individual who successfully avoided a threat would wake up the next morning and have another opportunity to collect a reward, but an individual who didn’t avoid the threat would have no such opportunity.

July 21, 2013
10 Things That Have a Damaging Effect on the Brain
External things that affect our well-being.


Archive:Library of Trees from the Order of Bards, Druids and Ovates
“In this section of the library you will find articles by members and friends on Trees, Woodland, the Ogham, and related subjects”. 

THE MEDICINE WALK An Exploration of Ecopsychology and Rites of Passage By John Davis

Natural Choices for Health and Wellbeing
The Mersey Forest project in the U.K. promoting the use of Nature for well-being.

July 26, 2018
A path to wellbeing: the growing world of gardening therapy
Let Nature heal you. For real.

March 20, 2018
Community gardening proves to be a ‘powerful medicine’
Report from Brighton.

February 21, 2018
Japanese “forest medicine” is the science of using nature to heal yourself—wherever you are
Nature is not just a pretty face!

August 24, 2017
Studies Show What Happens To The Human Body When We Walk Barefoot On Earth
Simply, take your shoes off and walk on the grass sometimes.

29 January 2017
Researchers seek evidence on gardens and well-being
The proof is in the digging…

January 31, 2016
Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul

June 2016
Let medical people tell you about Nature and feeling well. 

Nov 28, 2012
Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning
That feeling you get in the forest, well its all real!

Nov 5, 2014
The Art of Stillness in the Japanese Wilderness
This one’s from Ted…

Jun 20, 2013
Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing

July 09, 2009
Trends in research related to “Shinrin-yoku” (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing) in Japan
This is a medical article from the US National Library of Medicine!

Meditation in the workplace

Right to Disconnect:

From The Chopra Centre: 5 Ways Meditation Can Benefit Businesses
Overview from April 2015 of the Meditation movement in corporate America: How Corporate America Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Meditation
U.K., good infographic plus video from the BBC: Mindfulness Meditation and your Pathway to Achievement 
U.K., Meditation in the Square Mile: Mindfulness meditation is big business in London’s Square Mile
Excellent article by prominent speaker about the secular nature of Meditation: David Gelles Busts Myths Around Meditation & Business: ‘There’s Nothing Religious About It’
Harvard Study on Meditation: Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks
The Bottom Line: Boost your productivity and profits with mindfulness and meditation

Sound: Healing and Adverse

Noise And Impact On Health

Negative Consequences of Noise On Health

The Inner Sound: Nada Yoga

Ancient Man Used Super Acoustics to Alter Consciousness

Healing & Breath

Dec 7, 2016

Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

How the core of all meditation practice, the breath affects all aspects of our well-being.

June 30, 2016

‘Healing’ detected in Antarctic ozone hole

All things are meant to heal. We are healing beings on a self-healing planet.

Science and Meditation

The Benefits Of Meditation: From Stress Relief To Pain Relief, And Everything In Between

To meditate, in the broadest sense, is to cultivate mental concentration and clarity, and for most people this results in a greater calm. In practice, most techniques involve some form of relaxed posture and concentration on either the breath, the body, or specific words, a concept, or prayer. Like exercise, practitioners often meditate daily or at least routinely.

Medical Daily – 4 May, 2015 ( Includes video with David Lynch talking of benefits of meditation)

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG…

Forbes – 9 February, 2015

Neuroscientists Talk Benefits of Meditation, Mindfulness At Symposium

For a long time, the tradition of science was considered to be separate from ancient contemplative practices, but Davidson says that the latest research is beginning to change that. “We are now living in a unique time where these traditions are complementing each other,” Davidson says. 

Eugene Weekly – 5 February, 2015

Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy

Frontiers in Psychology – 21 January, 2015

Harvard Research on Meditation from Harvard Gazette

2006 – Meditation found to increase brain size
2011– ‘Turn down the volume’
2011 – Eight weeks to a better brain
2012Meditation’s positive residual effects
2015Meditation may relieve IBS and IBD

Excellent Infographic

How Meditation Transforms The Brain


Papers on Specific Topics

Functional well-being is positively correlated with spiritual well-being in women who have spontaneous premature ovarian failure



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