Vipassana Meditation Brazil IN

When they try to empty their minds, all they can do is think about the Visa bill that's due, the kids' next soccer game, the sneaking suspicion that they're about to be broken up with.

Indiana Lotus Sangha
(812) 299-2926
3887 E. Woodsmall Drive
Terre Haute, IN
Specialty
Zen

Data Provided by:
Indiana Buddhist Institute
(260) 447-5269
7528 Thompson Road
Hoagland, IN
Specialty
Theravada Buddhist

Data Provided by:
Dromtonpa Buddhist Center
(317) 374-5281
6018 N. Keystone Avenue
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Kadampa Buddhism

Data Provided by:
Sanshin Zen Community
(812) 339-2635
1726 S. Olive St.
Bloomington, IN
Specialty
Zen

Data Provided by:
Indiana Buddhist Center
(317) 640-2585
PO Box 7353
Greenwood, IN
Specialty
Tibetan

Data Provided by:
South Bend Dharma Center
574.968.7076 (ask for Chana)
50619 Trails North
Granger, IN
Specialty
Zen, Tibetan, Theravada

Data Provided by:
Indiana Lotus Sangha
(812) 299-2926
3887 E. Woodsmall Drive
Terre Haute, IN
Specialty
Zen

Data Provided by:
Lotus Heart
(219) 456-5443
3232 Crescent Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Tibetan Gelugpa

Data Provided by:
Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha
(812) 434-6643
20 Walnut St, Suite 120
Evansville, IN
Specialty
Buddhist

Data Provided by:
Ganden Dheling Buddhist Temple
(812) 337-6114
P.O. Box 2242
Bloomington, IN
Specialty
Tibetan Gelugpa

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Meditating with an Open Mind

Provided by: 

Some people find the quiet rhythms of meditation just plain annoying. When they try to empty their minds, all they can do is think about the Visa bill that’s due, the kids’ next soccer game, the sneaking suspicion that they’re about to be broken up with. For folks like these, there’s another option.

It’s called mindfulness meditation, also known as Vipassana, and according to researchers at the HealthEmotions Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin, it may bring just as many health benefits as more mainstream meditation. In Vipassana, you don’t exactly embrace your anxious thoughts, but you don’t have to push them out the door and move the dresser in front of it, either. Instead, you observe and appreciate the distracting thoughts for what they are: part of life, part of the moment.

By not resisting, you can quiet your mental chatter for a time, gain some perspective, and continue to move toward a more relaxed state. To test the effect of mindfulness meditation on overall health, the researchers assembled 25 members of a study group that was trained in the ancient practice by researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn, who tailored it as a remedy for stress back in the 1970s. Before starting to meditate, each person was given a flu shot to stimulate the immune system; that way re-searchers could compare their bodily responses pre- and post-meditation.

Sixteen people who didn’t meditate were given flu shots and included for comparison. The change was dramatic: The study group developed a significantly larger army of flu antibodies than did the nonmeditators. Also, tests showed increased electrical activity in their frontal lobes, the part of the brain associated with happiness and other positive emotions.Next, the researchers plan to study a group that’s been meditating mindfully for 30 years. In the meantime, don’t let unwelcome thoughts keep you from giving this technique a try. (But do pay that Visa bill!)

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...