An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation


The modern world is overcrowded, fast, stressful, and exhausting. Traffic, noise, flashing screens, crowded sidewalks, and twenty four hour news (most of it bad) test our stone-age nervous systems to the limit. In response, many are turning to yoga and meditation, especially mindfulness. Cynics may sneer, but practiced regularly it can quite literally save lives. So what is mindfulness? In...

Transcendental Meditation: Basics, Benefits, Technique, and More


Transcendental Meditation is the most widely practised form of meditation in the West. Since it was first exported from India in the late 1950s, around 500 scientific studies have been conducted at more than 200 universities, and numerous claims have been made on its behalf: that it prevents illness, reverses disease, lifts depression, stimulates creativity, and so on. Above all, it is a...

What’s the Best Type of Meditation?


Meditation has traditionally gotten a bit of a bad rap from the general public due to an association with ‘hippy’ ideas. Meditation has often been viewed with a mixture of derision and suspicion but that is gradually starting to change. Which is only right, as meditation is actually just a fantastic tool for sharpening the mind. While many people think of meditation as a way to...

How Meditation Can Improve Athletic Performance


While some people are under the impression that meditation is something for new-age hippies, in reality, practicing meditation or deep breathing can be highly beneficial for most people, including those who want to boost athletic performance. Meditation has even become popular with many top NFL stars as well as the military. Many studies have found that it cannot only increase fitness levels but...

Is Meditation Better at Preventing Colds and Flu Than Vitamins?


We’ve seen research in recent years that indicates that mindfulness meditation can help us to keep our emotions under control (even outside of meditation), that it actually increases the amount of gray matter in the brain and facilitates neuroplasticity (which helps to keep us free of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s), that it reduces high blood pressure, and that it can...

Meditation Calms Your Emotions Even When You’re Not Meditating


A number of recent studies – many using functional magnetic resonant imagining (fMRI) techniques to scan the brains of people as they meditate – have confirmed these ancient mental techniques’ ability to make physical changes in the brain. And anyone who has practiced meditation can attest to these techniques’ ability to help them “chill out” and release stress, tension...

Mindfulness Meditation as a Treatment for Loneliness


Feelings of loneliness affect all of us at one time or another. But there is one group of people for whom loneliness is not just an unpleasant emotion; it can actually increase their likelihood of becoming ill, and can lead to premature death. That group is the elderly. A British charity called the Campaign To End Loneliness has called loneliness the “hidden killer” of elderly adults...

Choosing the Meditation Technique That’s Right for You


OK, you’ve read all the articles about how beneficial meditation can be for your health, your peace of mind, and your sense of well-being. You’ve seen many articles or TV specials about the body of scientific evidence that has been accumulated in recent years on meditation, and it is very convincing indeed. And you’ve seen celebrities talking about their practice of meditation...

The Health Benefits of Meditation


The days of calling your doctor with a complaint and being told to “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” may be changing. These days, your doctor is as likely to tell you to “Sit and meditate for 20 minutes and call me in the morning.” And there are good reasons for this. Once conceived of as something that only hippies or those intent on gaining enlightenment...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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