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  • Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Richard J. Davidson (video)

    by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware Click here to watch the interview! Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at...
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  • 5 Ways to Increase Resilience, Wisdom, and Well-Being

    by Caren Osten Gerszberg, Mindful Magazine Extending ourselves beyond what is familiar by relating to people who are older than us can offer meaningful life lessons and character strengths. There I stood, surrounded by people from my neighborhood at a cocktail party—our common purpose to celebrate the...
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  • Keynote Speaker Unpacks Mindfulness

    by Elizabeth Zhou, The Middlebury Campus What is mindfulness, and why does everyone keep talking about it? These two basic questions served as the focal point of this year’s Clifford Symposium, entitled “Fully Present: The Art and Science of Mindful Engagement.” Last Thursday, Sep. 22, the College hosted...
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  • Berthold Hoeckner, University of Chicago – Wisdom, Meditation and Ballet Too

    by David Hopper, The Academic Minute Listen to The Academic Minute podcast here Does wisdom come from the mind or does the body have a part to play as well? Berthold Hoeckner, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago, discusses how being in tune with both mind and...
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  • A new study suggests mindfulness isn’t quite as miraculous as we’ve been led to believe

    by Olivia Goldhill, Quartz Mindfulness is having a moment. The practice, which involves consciously focusing on and recognizing your thoughts and emotions, has been found to reduce stress, improve grades, increase compassion, aid weight loss, and bolster resilience. Above all, mindfulness is considered...
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  • Mindfulness and the Scientific Study of Wisdom

    by Matthew Brensilver, Mindful Schools As the scope of science expands, concepts that were previously confined to the humanities are receiving scientific attention. One recent example of this trend is the scientific exploration of wisdom . Traditionally, discussions of wisdom have been confined to disciplines...
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  • Higher Wisdom Is Correlated With A Form Of Dance And Ancient Traditional Practices

    PsyBlog:Understand your Mind Higher wisdom is correlated with these diverse activities. Classical ballet has been linked to increased wisdom by a new study. The research also confirmed that many varieties of meditation are linked to greater wisdom. The link, the researcher shows, is down to how meditation...
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  • Is mindfulness making us ill?

    by Dawn Foster, The Guardian I am sitting in a circle in a grey, corporate room with 10 housing association employees – administrators, security guards, cleaners – eyes darting about nervously. We are asked to eat a sandwich in silence. To think about every taste and texture, every chewing motion and...
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  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Reduces Cognitive Deficits in Survivors of *** and Colorectal Cancers

    by Kathy Boltz, PhD, O ncology Nurse Advisor Participation in a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program yields robust and sustained improvement in cancer-related cognitive impairment. These findings were published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship (doi:10.1007/s11764-015-0494-3). Cancer...
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  • Mindfulness Pain Relief Distinct from Placebo Effect

    By Justin Karter, Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry, and Community A new study demonstrates that the practice of mindfulness may ease pain in a way that is mechanistically distinct from the placebo effect. Research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience , found that mindfulness meditation not only...
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  • Conversations on Wisdom: Richard J. Davidson

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Thinking about wisdom as a skill

    By Howard C. Nusbaum Recently I have been thinking about wisdom as a kind of skill, as something you can practice and improve. It sounds funny to talk about wisdom as a skill because much of the cultural icons of wisdom like Yoda in Star Wars or Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid just seem to have wisdom—we...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Amishi Jha

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Amishi Jha is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Miami. The Jha lab explores the stability and mutability of attention and working memory. With large contributions to the field of contemplative practice, her research spans from cohorts...
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  • Planting Seeds of Wisdom Part 2: Can Schools Teach Wisdom?

    By Brenda Huskey Some say that wisdom cannot be taught, and that wisdom may be gained only through a life-time of learning through real-world experience. Yet if wisdom can be learned , it can be taught . But how? (Sternberg, 2001; Reznitskaya & Sternberg, 2004). The wisest of teachers have always...
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  • Planting Seeds of Wisdom Part 1: Can Parents Teach Wisdom?

    By Debbie Curtis Do children grow into wise adults because we adults planted the seeds of wisdom in childhood? Just as Mother Nature unlocks the potential in each flower seedling to produce colorful blooms, can wise parents unlock the infinite potential within each child to blossom in beautiful and unique...
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  • Mindfulness research – Where are we here and now?

    By Peter Malinowski Let me share a few thoughts regarding the state of mindfulness research and also reflecting on mindfulness-based applications that, at least partially, justify their use by referring to scientific evidence of their effectiveness. A recently published analysis of the available research...
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  • Bad is More Powerful Than Good, Part 2

    Should You Hire a Buddhist Monk to Manage Your Finances? By Debbie Curtis I can’t stop now because I’ll lose everything that I’ve invested so far! No doubt, you’ve heard someone say this. Politicians are famous for making such proclamations… To terminate a project in which $1 billion has already been...
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  • Thoughts on Music and Wisdom

    By Berthold Hoeckner Last year a colleague asked me whether I thought that great composers were also wise people—an intriguing question that has been percolating ever since. After all, as a trained musicologist I have been involved in research on how such mental and somatic practices as diverse as mindfulness...
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  • Are we ready for wisdom in health care?

    By Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD, MS and Gene Beyt, MD, MS It seems that there could not be a better place for wisdom to take hold than in health care. What profession is more in need of making wise choices than one trusted with people’s lives? What organizations are more in need of wisdom than those charged...
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  • Practicing Wisdom by Mindfulness

    By Patrick B. Williams When I began delving into wisdom research at the University of Chicago, I did a little ad-hoc survey of friends and family on Facebook to sample what might be a layperson's conception of wisdom today. My uncle stated simply, a loving application of knowledge . A good friend...
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