Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

My Mind 9.7.2014

Which will it be — the berries or the chocolate dessert? Homework or the Xbox? Finish that memo, or roam Facebook? Such quotidian decisions test a mental ability called cognitive control, the capacity to maintain focus on an important choice while ignoring other impulses. Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses … Read More

Time to Meditate: A Simple Beginner’s Guide

My Mind 9.6.2014

You’d like to be as calm and serene as a monk, but you don’t even know where to begin. Between the kids’ carpool, job demands and errands, how do you find time? Here’s the good news: it doesn’t take a lot of time to feel the benefits. Meditation can literally change your life today. Why … Read More

Stress May Affect Fertility

My Mind 30.4.2014

Can stress affect a woman’s ability to become  pregnant? A new study says it may. Over  four years, 401 women who were stopping  contraception and trying to have a baby  underwent saliva testing for two stress-related substances: the enzyme alpha-amylase, and the hormone cortisol. The women  provided a saliva sample upon enrollment in the study, … Read More

12 Indispensable Mindful Living Tools

My Mind 21.4.2014

The focus of my life in recent months has been living mindfully, and while I don’t always remember to do that, I have learned a few things worth sharing. The first is a mindful life is worth the effort. It’s a life where we awaken from the dream state we’re most often submerged in — … Read More

Imagination Can Change Perceptions of Reality

My Mind 2.2.2014

Researchers in Sweden have found that our imagination can change our perceptions of reality. Your mind can literally play tricks on you by changing illusions of what you think you hear and see into what seems like reality. The new study from the Karolinska Institutet is published in the scientific journal Current Biology. The findings offer new clues on how the … Read More