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PostHeaderIcon 3 Foolproof Meditation Techniques That Will Help You Beat Anxiety

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“Practicing meditation has been a life-altering experience. I have slowed down, become less judgmental of myself and others, and have a harder time getting angry. I can tell the difference between a day where I meditated, and one I didn’t,” says Jennifer Green, an energy core coach and founder of Namasme. Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon These men think they’ve discovered the secret to productivity

Rich Pierson and Andy Puddicombe, co-founders of HEADspace.

“Headspace is our way of helping society think differently about the health and happiness of the mind. There’s always been a focus on physical health. Our focus is on the health of the mind,” he said. Puddicombe and Pierson, who practice meditation regularly, say it has helped them make business decisions more skillfully by teaching them how to take a step back. Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon How music therapy brings joy to people with memory loss

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services is asking supporters to sponsor a playlist for $10 or an iPod for $80, and a portion of the funds raised in this year's Spring Benefit Brunch also will go to support the program.

Music & Memory, a personalized music therapy program for those with memory loss, has shown real impact on mood, social engagement and family relationships, and it has our attention here at Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services. The program is gaining traction across the country as another tool for helping those with memory loss. Read more here….

PostHeaderIcon Meditation for PTSD Soldiers Can Reduce Need for Meds

After one month of transcendental meditation, more than 80% of active-duty soldiers with PTSD had stabilized, reduced, or stopped taking meds.

Transcendental meditation “takes users from a level of active thinking to a state of inner quietness that reduces levels of stress hormones and activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which drives the so-called fight-or-flight response by increasing heart rate and blood pressure,” according to a news release on the study, which was published in the journal Military Medicine. On the other hand, in the non-meditation group, 59.4% had stabilized, reduced or stopped taking psychotropic drugs while 40.5% were taking additional meds. Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon Music Therapy Calms During Pregnancy


“Women in the music group also expressed preferences for the type of music they listened to, with lullabies, nature and crystal sounds proving more popular than classical music.” Half of the women were pregnant for the first time and just over half of the pregnancies were planned. The number of women in their second and third trimesters were more or less equal. Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon HSHP students offer music therapy to assisted living community

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HSHP strives to establish music therapy as an innovative approach to healthcare being practiced by students in the community. Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used therapeutically to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. “Music is a very important part of our program. It is something that reaches every resident. It takes them back to fond memories that they may have experienced during different eras in their lives,” Livingston said. Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon How to Meditate for Little Bits of Stress Free Living


Meditation is best practiced first thing in the morning, but can benefit you anytime you need it. As long as you are able to safely close your eyes and be still, you can meditate anywhere. Work up to 10, 15 20 minutes from that initial five minutes. If you’re stressed out and on the way to work, or an important meeting, that’s a perfect time to practice (as long as you aren’t the one driving). You’ll arrive ready to face any challenge – focused and energized. It all adds up! Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon Joe Coffman: Hearing the healing

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When the Great Depression and World War II nearly crippled the American spirit, the radio broadcast the greatest musicians of the day performing concertos in great orchestras. We heard the finest symphonic works conducted by the great Toscanini, Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Bruno Walter. How we needed it. Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon 7 ways to meditate while you move

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The most wonderful thing about meditation — besides its effectiveness in improving mental and physical health — is that it’s endlessly flexible. While sitting meditations are probably the most common way to practice quieting your mind, there are several styles of meditation, from transcendental, spiritual, guided, mindfulness, focused — including movement-based. Read more here…

PostHeaderIcon Music therapy increases effectiveness of rehabilitation

Music therapy increases effectiveness of rehabilitation

Researchers at the Louis Armstrong Center of Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) published their findings in Respiratory Medicine. They suggest that music therapy could be an effective addition to traditional treatment for those with COPD. She explained that care of the chronically ill is moving towards ways to preserve and enhance quality of life of patients through daily activities that feed into their culture, motivations, caregiver/home trends and perceptions of daily wellness routines. Read more here…

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