Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Pain Chronicles, which highlights the experience and complexity of living with chronic pain. Read more about chronic pain as a disease and not a symptom in this recent New York Times article: Giving Chronic Pain a Medical Platform of Its Own by Tara Parker-PopeViewing chronic pain as a disease and not a symptom of some underlying condition is a notion that is gaining traction in the medical field. Melanie Thernstrom, a chronic pain sufferer and journalist has written a wonderful book:
Friday, July 15, 2011
Eileen Luders, a visiting assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, led a team of investigators in the study using a new type of brain imaging (DTI) which provides insight into the structural connectivity of the brain. The study found that the differences between the meditators and the control group were not only in one area of the brain but involved networks that include most regions of the brain, and structures such as the limbic system and brain stem.
"Our results suggest that long-term meditators have white-matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated throughout the brain," Luders said. "We also found that the normal age-related decline of white-matter tissue is considerably reduced in active meditation practitioners."
To read more about this study, click here for the UCLA press release
Thursday, July 7, 2011
My weekly pickups have instilled more mindfulness in my Thursdays. I don't know what types of veggies we will be having for dinner until I actually pick them up. Without the pre-planning and future thinking of making lists of specific ingredients for an intended recipe, I have become accustomed to the surprise of picking up whatever has been harvested that day and enjoying the adventure of the present moment by combining often disparate ingredients into something simple but often delicious.