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Reducing Stress through Meditation During the Pandemic

Yoga2This is certainly a stressful time. Whether you live in a hot spot like New York City (where I am) or in a place that has (hopefully) not experienced an out break yet, we can't help but feel much more stressful. It is not only health, social and familial stress but also economic, professional and job-related stress. The full solutions to these hardships are yet to be found. But hopefully we can find ways of channeling our stress into productive actions.

Here is a list of some of the free stress reducing services being offered which can be accessed anywhere over the internet. I hope this list is useful and helpful. Stay safe.

Travel the World - Virtually

Open Center in NYC Offering All Types of Free Online Seminars - Meditation, Herbal Medicine, Shamanic Healing and others.

Meditation by Oprah and Deepak Chopra

Yoga, Meditation at Integral Yoga in NYC

Meditation at FreshPrana

If you have others, please send them on and we will add to this list.

 


Meditation Can Keep Your Brain Young

MeditationAn interesting article from Business Insider heralds the practice of meditation in keeping our brains young. It only takes 15 minutes per day.

50-year-olds can have the brains of 25-year-olds if they meditate, memory and decision-making research shows

 

  • Neuroscientist Sara Lazar found that people who practiced meditation had more gray matter in the part of the brain linked to decision-making and working memory: the frontal cortex. 
  • While most people see their cortexes shrink as they age, 50-year-old meditators in the study had the same amount of gray matter as those half their age.
  • Participants in the study averaged about 27 minutes of the habit a day, but other studies suggest that you can see significant positive changes in just 15 minutes a day. 
  • Since then, Lazar has studied the effects of meditative states on compassion, finding that mindfulness improved people's moral compass and helped them overcome trauma.

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