Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hot off the Press--Summary of 47 Studies Shows That Even With Regular Exercise, Prolonged Sitting Can Result in Higher Chance of Disease andEarly Death

Researchers from Toronto, Canada conducted a meta-analysis (here's a link to the study) where they analyzed the results of 47 studies that fit their criteria to see whether when controlling for purposeful exercise, sedentary behavior results in higher rates of disease.  They found that sedentary behavior resulted in higher rates of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, cardiovascular disease incidence, cancer mortality, cancer incidence, and type 2 diabetes incidence,  They defined sedentary behavior to be sitting while at the computer, while watching television, in the car, etc.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Brisk 20 Minute Daily Dog Walk Can Significantly Prolong Your Life


Exercising With Your Dog is Great For Your Health and the Well-being of Your Dog


Dog walking is not only critical for your dog's health but it can also lengthen your life.   In fact, researchers who conducted a large scale European study published on January 14th of this year found that even what they called moderate inactivity--which could be a 20 minute brisk walk with your dog-- could decrease your chances of death by up to 16-30% depending on other factors.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Interview with Dr. Rick Hanson

I’m here with Dr. Rick Hanson, author, educator and lecturer on Buddhism and a neuropsychologist with a specialty in neuroplasticity and the positive ways we can change our brains and our minds through thought and meditation. He is the author of several books. His most recent, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence, became a New York Times bestseller. He has also written dozens of scientific papers ranging from neuropsychology to Buddhist wisdom. He lectures all over the world and runs a weekly meditation class in Northern California based in the Buddhist tradition. He is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley. He also created a new exciting yearlong online program called “The Foundations of Well-Being" which is where I first became extremely impressed with his work and his perspective.

You can learn more about Dr. Hanson at his website:

Elisabeth: First, I wanted to ask you about your approach to meditation teaching.

Dr. Rick Hanson  I guess my approach is pragmatic.   In other words, I’m interested in meditation as a means to an end. So what’s going to be the most skillful means to the end that a person cares about. People care about different things, and they will also frankly have different situations, different time frames and different temperaments. I try to offer a variety of skillful methods that are informed in some ways by Buddhist wisdom but they are also really informed by an understanding of our underlying neuropsychology.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

6 Female Meditation Teachers/Leaders That Can Help You Develop a Mindfulness Practice

Here are six of the well-known women who have most influenced my meditation practice.  I have linked to their websites for you to learn more.  The links are in purple.

Sylvia Boorstein


I love Sylvia’s humorous story-telling style as she integrates her Jewish background and Buddhist teachings with basic mindfulness techniques. She also includes lots of stories about her family. I am most touched by her Metta (loving kindness) meditations.   Sylvia allows herself to be vulnerable throughout her work—we can see her as anxious, petty and depressed like the rest of us, making her work particularly accessible.