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Welcome To Conscious Friends
March 22, 2009

Hello and welcome to Conscious Friends, a community of The Conscious Living Foundation!

As you know, our site was created to support those interested in spiritual and personal growth. Along the way, many of us have realized that relationships are an important part of creating and maintaining a harmonious and uplifting life.

To that end, The Conscious Living Foundation is pleased to offer these pages on our site in the hope that we all can find new like-minded friends and perhaps develop deeper relationships.

There are several ways to visit these pages. As a...more

50 Benefits of Meditation
June 17, 2008
Meditation literally means, "thinking process with present moment awareness".

1.) To have healthy heart.
2.) To have normal blood pressure.
3.) To have normal cholesterol.
4.) To prevent stroke / paralysis.
5.) To have perfect digestion.
6.) To have perfect weight.
7.) To have perfect sleep.
8.) To become a perfect choice maker.
9.) To reverse and regress ageing.
10.) To remain young.
11.) To prevent cancer.
12.) To become embodiment of positive emotions.
13.) To get rid of negative emotions. more

Is Consciousness Energy?
June 11, 2008
If you tune into someone's "vibrations," are you picking up some form of energy they are emitting - perhaps something we might call "psychic energy?"


It may be tempting to think so . . . to think of consciousness as a form of energy. But is it?


What might be going on when we say we feel someone's vibrations?

Well, one possibility is that their brain or their body could be sending out waves of energy - something, perhaps, like electricity. If so, it must be far more subtle than any form of energy known to...
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100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World
May 20, 2008

Creating world peace takes many forms, but surely it begins with individuals. Here are 100 ideas for creating a more peaceful world. Everyone can play a part in creating peace. It continues to be the most significant challenge of humankind and requires the efforts of each of us.

[The list contains only 97 Ideas because I removed broken links to defunct websites.

You can bring it back to 100 Ideas by adding your own for Creating a More Peaceful World!

When you do, take a moment to post your additions on the Conscious...more

Recipe for Simplicity
May 6, 2008

"Simplify, Simplify…" More than a century after Henry David Thoreau uttered these words, his plea for simplicity has more significance now than ever before.

We work hard and play hard, filling nearly every moment with activity. Most families believe they need two incomes to pay for a standard of living that has doubled in the last 50 years. But do we?

Based on my three-year study of over 200 people who have simplified their lives, I found that we can work less, want less, and spend less, and be happier and more fulfilled in the process.

Here are ten...more

Spiritual Diversity
April 29, 2008

To our pre-Christian spiritual ancestors, spirituality was both contemporary and relevant. In cultures where polytheism (the belief in many gods) was the rule, rather than the exception, individuals were given the ability to find their own beliefs and to choose their own spiritual paths based upon their personal needs and the calling of their own hearts. Households had specific deities that represented the prosperity and protection that the family hoped for their home. Agricultural festivals had gods that watched over the planting, the growing crops, and the harvest. This diverse pantheon of deities created a culture where a person would draw closest to the god...more

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Integrating Meditation Into Conventional Medicine
February 21, 2007

Meditation as a popular spiritual practice in the United States dates back to the 1960's when people traveled to India to learn techniques of Transcendental Meditation (TM), introduced to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. TM involves clearing of the mind through the repetition of a word or phrase (called a mantra). In the 1970's, Dr. Herbert Benson and Dr. Dean Ornish pioneered research on the beneficial effects of meditation on cardiovascular disease, prevention, and recovery, with Dr. Benson coining the term "relaxation response" to refer to the general stress-reducing effects of meditation. Dr. Ornish's research included a TM-type meditation, along with dietary recommendations and exercise. Another type of meditation based on vipassana or 'insight' Buddhist practice, has also found its way into conventional healthcare settings. This is a form of silent meditation called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and introduced by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts.

Over the last 25 years, research has focused on identifying the physiological changes effected by meditation and exploring its application to particular conditions. Research has shown that both TM and mindfulness meditation have clear health benefits, including reduced heart and respiration rates, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Much of the research on the beneficial effects of meditation on particular conditions has come from groundbreaking research at CFM. In a 4-year study of chronic pain patients who were participating in MBSR meditation, those who practiced mindfulness showed significant long-term improvement in coping with their chronic pain. Mindfulness has also been associated with increased production of melatonin. Dr. Kabat-Zinn worked with patients suffering from anxiety disorders to help them gain a sense of control over their lives rather than simply coping; patients showed significant reductions in anxiety after 3 years. They learned to identify anxious thoughts as simply thoughts rather than fact-based reality. Another research team, also at CFM, found similar beneficial results in a group following an 8-week MBSR course. In another study, cancer patients who followed a mindfulness-based stress reduction program experienced a 65% reduction in total mood disturbance and a 31% reduction in total stress score (e.g., symptoms affecting the heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tract, emotional irritability, mental disorganization, and depression).

Ultimately, meditation in clinical practice is a collaborative process between the patient and the doctor. According to Saki Santorelli, Director of CFM, "Bringing meditation into a clinical practice can be life-changing for the caregiver as well as the patient."

Numerous clinics and hospitals around the country have integrated relaxation techniques into their healthcare programs. That the U.S. Senate allocated more than $12 million in 1999 for the NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) to establish pilot mind/body medical centers and to train and teach healthcare professionals in these approaches is further evidence that meditation has come of age.

To learn more about meditation and relaxation techniques and to locate healthcare facilities that include them as part of their practice, contact the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts by visiting their website at http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mbsr. There you can find a list of the healthcare facilities in 38 states that offer information on and training in relaxation techniques.

Melatonin: a hormone that plays an important role in regulating the 24-hour sleep-wake cycles of our bodies.


References

Borrowes, A. Meditation and Implications for Clinical Practice. The Integrative Medicine Consult. January 2001:6-7.

Benor, D. Meditation: Improving Healing through relaxation. The Integrative Medicine Consult. October 20, 1999:139,142.


Review Date: January 2001
Reviewed By: Integrative Medicine editorial

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