April 28, 2014

How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge 2011

if you would like to borrow books CDs or DVDs on yoga or meditation please email nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

here are just some of the items we have -

CDs to help with mindfulness and meditation

Mindfulness for beginners
On Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, bestselling author, and teacher who brought mindfulness meditation into the mainstream of medicine and society gives you immediate access to a practice that can potentially add years to your life, and will certainly enhance the quality of your moments and your years.

Course objectives:
  • Apply an understanding of the concept of mindfulness
  • Utilize simple guided meditations led by Kabat-Zinn
  • List the ethical and attitudinal foundations necessary to cultivating mindfulness
  • Assess how we can choose where to focus our awareness
  • Plan to use mindfulness to help us develop compassion and insight into our true nature

 Perhaps no other person has done more to bring mindfulness meditation into the contemporary landscape of America than Jon Kabat-Zinn. Through a number of research studies, and through Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he is founder of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic, mindfulness is finally being recognized as a highly effective tool for dealing with stress, chronic pain, and other illnesses.

 Guided mindfulness meditation

 Now with this four-part home training course, Jon Kabat-Zinn offers listeners the definitive mindfulness meditation practice on CD. We are not trying to actively achieve a state of deep relaxation—or any other state for that matter—while practicing mindfulness, he teaches. But interestingly, by opening to an awareness of how things actually are in the present moment, we often taste very deep states of relaxation and well-being of both body and mind.
Course objectives:
  • Utilize body and mind meditations in daily practice
  • Practice mindful yoga with clear, safe and simple instructions
  • Describe the basic state of being which is present awareness
  • Compare the results of unmoving, sitting meditation to a movement meditation such as mindful yoga

Meditation for optimum health
How to use mindfulness and breathing to heal your body and refresh your mind"-- Container. Speakers, Andrew Weil and Jon Kabat-Zinn.


Buddha's brain : the practical neuroscience of happiness, love & wisdom book or audio book

If you change your brain, you can change your life!

Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states, to help cope with stress, loss and grief.
By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use everyday to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.



by Ellen J. Langer
With anecdotes and metaphors, Langer explains how the mindless--as opposed to the mindful--develop mindsets of categories, associations, habits of thought born of repetition in childhood and throughout schooling. To be mindful, she notes, stressing process over outcome, allows free rein to intuition and creativity, and opens us to new information and perspectives.Langer discusses the negative impact of mindsets on business and social relations, showing special concern for the elderly, who often suffer from learned helplessness and lack of options. Encouraging the application of mindfulness to health, the author affirms that placebos and alternative, mind-based therapies can help patients and addicts move from unhealthy to healthy contexts.

The Garden of Now : mindfulness meditation and stress reduction for beginners 
by Derek G. Turesky
 This DVD includes a collection of several guided mindfulness meditation exercises, which are intended for a wide range of skill levels. For beginner-level viewers, the DVD provides an introductory primer on mindfulness meditation followed by foundational mindfulness exercises. Beginning mindfulness exercises were specially constructed to help viewers form basic mindfulness skills using familiar sensory experiences (i.e., seeing and hearing). Viewers are guided through the captivating visual and auditory details of an intriguing Japanese garden. For those individuals hoping to deepen an existing mindfulness meditation practice, the DVD includes enhanced audio/visual guidance for the traditional body scan and sitting meditation exercises.

The clear mind guide : 30 brain training and life changing steps to get focused, be present and tame a busy mind [Cards]
This guide will help you get centred, accomplish more, and feel in control. It includes important information to manage stress plus practical  meditation exercises, and clear steps for clarity of mind.

8 minute meditation : quiet your mind change your life
by Victor Davich
As interest in meditation continues to grow, this book offers a simple, no-nonsense program to help beginners experience reduced stress and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles of meditation while clearing up the misconceptions and myths that too often get in the way. It is particularly useful if you are having issues calming down before sleep, or living with pain or negative thoughts.

Breathing : the master key to self healing [CD]
by Andrew Weil
Learn the complete course of eight breathing exercises. Discover the power breathing has over your health.
Breathing : the master key to self healing. *Mind-body experts Weil and Naiman present information on the importance of achieving "optimum sleep." Covers: the roots of insomnia and techniques for overcoming it; the "spiritual component" of sleep and dreaming; eight practices addressing specific sleep problems, including three sessions to help the individual fall asleep; the connection between a healthy sleep cycle and an improved immune system, mood, sense of well-being, and lower body weight.

   Wherever you go, there you are : mindfulness meditation in everyday life
by John Kabat-Zinn
This book maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one's own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time, and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments. Brief, humorful chapters full of stories and poetry, convey the heart and the spirit of mindfulness practice and encourage you to find your own ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life.

The Mindful way workbook : an 8-week program to free yourself from depression and emotional distress
byJohn Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segal
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT),  has been tested and proven effective in clinical trials throughout the world. You can get the benefits of MBCT any time, any place, by working through this carefully constructed book. The expert authors introduce specific mindfulness practices to try each week, plus reflection questions, tools for keeping track of progress, and helpful comments from others going through the program.
Guided meditations are provided on the accompanying MP3 CD and are also available as audio downloads.

The don't sweat the small stuff workbook : simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life
by Richard Carlson
Exerecises, questions and self-tests to help you keep the little things from taking over your life. Based on the bestseller 'Don't sweat the small stuff'.

Arriving at your own door : 108 lessons in mindfulness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
An illustrated collection of more than one hundred verses excerpted from the author's book "Coming to Our Senses" is designed to help readers develop their intuition and understanding of today's complicated world.
The power of NOW : a guide to spiritual enlightenmentby Eckhart Tolle
Ekhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment.  Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. . Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence, and the cycle of life. 

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