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Cultivating Joy Through Mindfulness: An Antidote To Opioid Misuse

A mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), increases the brain’s response to natural, healthy rewards while also decreasing the brain’s response to opioid related cues, a paper[1] from the University of Utah reports. “Previous research shows that prolonged use of opioids makes our brains more sensitive to pain and less receptive to the joy one […]

Mindfulness Meditation Changes How Fearful Memories Are Processed

Mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report. The study[1] demonstrated that mindfulness training is associated with distinctive engagement of a brain area known as the right supramarginal gyrus as well as hippocampal-cortical reorganization. “Mindfulness training may improve emotion regulation by changing the way our […]

Mindful Body Awareness Training Helps Prevent Drug Addiction Relapse

A new kind of body awareness training helps women recover from drug addiction, new research from the University of Washington indicates. The women made marked improvements, and many of those improvements lasted for more than a year, the researchers report. “We could teach this intervention successfully in eight weeks to a very distressed population, and […]

Mindfulness Meditation May Help Keep Lost Weight Off

A review of studies investigating the effect of mindfulness-based interventions on weight loss and obesity related eating behaviours found that the practice has the potential to help keep lost weight from coming back. Mindfulness draws on the ancient practice of meditation by training people to become more aware of the present moment while not getting […]