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Mindfulness Therapy Can Reduce Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse | Psychology Today

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“New research demonstrates that a mindfulness-based treatment can reduce opioid misuse and chronic pain for those struggling with both.

Escalation from chronic pain to opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is thought to be propelled by the effects of prolonged opioid use on stress and reward circuitry in the brain. These neurobiological changes increase sensitization to emotional distress and pain and decrease sensitivity to pleasure derived from natural rewards, promoting opioid dose escalation as a means of preserving a dwindling sense of well-being.

“The efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions for opioid misuse, though promising, hadn’t been subjected to the scrutiny of a randomized clinical trial—until now.

“The results of such a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine demonstrated that an 8-week mindfulness-based therapy—Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE)decreased opioid use and misuse while reducing chronic pain symptoms. Moreover, these effects lasted up to nine months post-intervention.

“This is the first large-scale clinical trial to demonstrate that psychological intervention can simultaneously reduce opioid misuse and chronic pain among people who were prescribed opioid pain medications.”

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>Mindfulness Therapy Can Reduce Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse | Psychology Today

Find Your Center in the Time of Coronavirus through Meditation Journaling

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“Form a mindfulness habit and recognize the impacts of a meditation practice to get the most from your waking life. Baronfig and mindfulness expert, Justine Bloome, introduce Bloom Meditation Journal—a guided journal that aims to increase self-awareness through the practice of meditation.

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New Site for Healing Music, Mindfulness and Non-violence

Hello! I modified my drumming site for the times.  Posts related to meditation and mindfulness will be in there. Go to the below link to follow:

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Encouraging Nonviolent Communication with the Arts and Mindfulness
“There is wisdom in every moment, if we are looking and if we are not looking, there is illusion”
“The problem with violence is that it becomes the problem”
— DH



Unwind With These Free, Museum-Led Meditation and Mindfulness Sessions | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

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“After weeks—or months—of sheltering in place, many stuck inside are feeling decidedly devoid of inner peace. Luckily, thanks to an array of online offerings announced by shuttered cultural institutions, options for unwinding abound. Among the most relaxing experiences available: meditation and mindfulness sessions led by the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C.

“Per the Rubin’s website, the Manhattan museum’s “Daily Offering” video series is inspired by its collection of Himalayan art and artifacts. Featuring ten-minute reflections, guided meditations and musical offerings, the sessions aim to help participants “achieve greater balance at a moment of considerable upheaval.

”The Rubin posts new episodes on its Instagram account and website each day it would ordinarily be open to the public (Thursday through Monday). Sessions feature wellness tips from anthropologist and Tibetan medical doctor Tawni Tidwell, guided meditations led by teachers Sharon Salzberg and Kate Johnson, commentary by philosopher Tenzin Priyadarshi, and performances by musicians from the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective, among others.

“The National Museum of Asian Art, meanwhile, is hosting 30-minute online workshops on meditation and mindfulness, in addition to highlighting a wide array of online tours, podcasts and virtual exhibitions. Held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Eastern time, the free Zoom classes are “appropriate for all levels of practitioners.”

“Per the museum’s website, sessions strive to help participants “build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. ”If these shorter practices whet your appetite for uninterrupted hours of contemplation, consider visiting virtual versions of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Rooms housed at the Rubin and the National Museum of Asian Art.

“Accompanied by traditional Buddhist chanting, the interactive experiences feature 360-degree views of the sumptuous real-life spaces, as well as annotated artifact histories.

The Rubin’s “Daily Offerings” begin with a curator walking viewers through calming, focused analysis and observation of one of the more than 3,800 objects in the museum’s collection. The offerings then shift into a mindfulness practice led by teachers, artists or musicians.

Read the full story with the links at Source: >Unwind With These Free, Museum-Led Meditation and Mindfulness Sessions | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Thought Labeling as a Mindfulness Meditation Technique

>One-Word Labeling: Thoughts, Emotions, Sensations, and Urges

>Name your feelings to improve your ability to respond (not react) to your emotions


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As you become used to mindfulness and meditation, the process becomes easier and more automatic. It becomes easier to slip into meditation mode. In the beginning, however, you may want to experiment with different mindfulness techniques and different types of meditation.

“The following technique enables you to observe your thoughts and let go of them, which can allow you to create some space between yourself and the thoughts that trigger the stress response. This technique allows you to examine your habitual thought patterns, take a step back, and get some perspective. It also simply breaks the cycle of rumination.

“And it’s simpler than some forms of meditation, so it’s great for beginners…

“Within minutes, or even seconds, you will notice thoughts drifting into your mind. I’m cold. I need to make dinner tonight. I wonder what he meant when Joe said that thing earlier. The thoughts will creep in. The idea is to simply observe them and refrain from engaging. Simply notice them, and let them go.

Label Your Thoughts. While simply observing your thoughts and letting them go is an effective meditation technique, and can be practiced for long periods of time, it can be helpful to take things a step further and “label” your thoughts before you let them go…

“There are several different ways that you can label your thoughts:

Useful / Not Useful: You can simply label whether a thought is constructive or not. This is a very simple distinction that can cover virtually all thoughts. Just label them “useful” or “not useful,” and let them go.

Types of Thoughts: You can label your thoughts with greater depth by classifying them according to their function. Thoughts that can be labeled as “judgment,” “planning,” “fear,” and “remembering,” for example, may drift into your awareness. Label them, and let them go.

Physical Sensations: Another type of awareness that may drift in is body awareness—you may notice and focus on what you see or feel. Simply label things what they are as sensations: “hard,” “warm,” “itchy.” Acknowledge them and let them go.

“There are other ways in which you can label your thoughts, but this provides you with a starting place…

“Just remember that regular meditation builds resilience toward stress, so it’s worth trying, and sticking with until you find a style that works for you.


What we need right now: 3 Ways to Better Control Your Mind and Thoughts | HuffPost Life

“The fact that you and I can think, reflect and so often regret the past, imagine and so often fear the future, even to be unconscious of our own capacity to be conscious is the biggest curse humans live with and so try to escape from almost continually.

“In other words, “Thoughts,” as Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, “can be our best friends and our worst enemies.” … Until what is on the inside — that is, your mind — is corrected, the external world, that is, how you perceive and experience the world around you will be a mere reflection of it.

“In other words, if the world around you is to you an unfriendly, hateful, scary, and judgment-filled place, why is this so? Have you ever sought to know why? Is this the way the world really is? Or, is this the way you really are? Often we project onto the world, as well as onto other people, the afflictive, negative thoughts and emotions that we cannot admit. Or refuse to acknowledge.

More and more, I am convinced you and I create the world in which we live. Pop psychologists glibly suggest, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

“While this is true, the problem for most people is how to change their negative thinking and the afflictive emotions that are its inevitable consequence. Want to change your inner world? Better control your mind, as well as your thoughts? Here’s the only way possible:

Find out how at Source: >3 Ways to Better Control Your Mind and Thoughts | HuffPost Life

Got Coronavirus Anxiety? These 5 Tips Can Help Calm Your Fears : Shots – Health News : NPR

Anxiety thrives on uncertainty. And, as the coronavirus spreads, our unanswered questions can make us feel vulnerable or fearful. “Will it come to my community” or “Am I at risk?'”

We’ve got national anxiety at the moment, a kind of shared stress, and we are all in a state of extreme uncertainty,” says Catherine Belling, an associate professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, who studies the role of fear and anxiety in health care.

And here’s a catch-22: The more you stress, the more vulnerable you can become to viruses, because stress can dampen your immune response. But there are steps you can take to push back against the communal anxiety.

See the 5 tips and 3 minute podcast at Source: >Got Coronavirus Anxiety? These 5 Tips Can Help Calm Your Fears : Shots – Health News : NPR

>Three Mindful Ways to Calm an Anxious Mind

>A 23-Minute Anxiety Practice