Wherever you go this summer, at work and play, please remember to practice some form of meditation daily, even for just a minute or two. It will definitely improve whatever summer activities you’re doing, helping to bring the full force of your attention to them, and transforming them into powerful moments of “being in the now.”

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Summer Reading and Meditating for a Healthier Brain

“The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” – Nicholas Carr (Norton & Co., 2010).

“Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age” – Maggie Jackson (Prometheus, 2008).

See also Ms. Jackson’s Boston Globe article on MedWorks.

“Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain” – Sharon Begley (Random House, 2007).

Recent research suggests an unintended negative side-effect of the amazing advances in computer technology that we utilize daily. As our attention constantly jumps from one online object to another, we may very well be teaching our brains to revert all the way back to the caveman days of reacting each moment to every slight stimulus in the jungle as a possible threat to our survival. For at least 500 years, books have helped us develop the capacity of deep thought and prolonged focus of attention, resulting in the many great accomplishments of modern civilization.

For thousands of years, the practice of meditation – concentration and mindfulness – has strengthened our brain’s ability to focus and experience deeper states of mind and insight, while letting stressful and harmful content go by.

Sharon Begley, Newsweek’s science writer, writes about this in her book on the latest discoveries in “neuroplasticity” – reporting how the adult brain is constantly changing and adapting to the content and the challenges that it’s presented with.

Evolving technology is here to stay, so it’s even more essential that people engage their brains in healthy practices like daily meditation.

Richard Geller
Founder and President

Summertime Beach Meditation

As you sit on the beach (or some other beautiful location) this summer, notice what your mind is doing. Your body may be relaxed, but even in the most serene natural setting, our minds can be quite agitated, repetitively going

over past problems and conflicts, and worrying about future negative possibilities.

Perhaps even more important than relaxing your body this summer is really relaxing your mind and your brain. This is where the simple, yet powerful, practice of meditation comes in.

First, choose an object of focus for your mind, such as the soothing sound of the waves, the feeling of your breath coming in and out, or the body scan, methodically feeling and relaxing each part of your body, starting with your feet and working up to the top of your head.

At a given moment, start to focus your attention as completely as you can on that object of focus, moment by moment.

As each moment goes by, notice whatever else comes up to your attention, and simply note it, and let it go by like the waves disappearing as they reach the shore. Return your attention to the object of focus, and simply continue. Let any thought of how well or poorly you’re doing go by, as well as any content that arises whatsoever.

When you conclude the meditation session, notice how you feel. Just a few minutes a day of meditation will greatly enhance your relaxation and your overall enjoyment of your vacation time.

MedWorks Salutes Great Clients

For our summer edition of Client Corner, we’re featuring the last 10 E-News’ Client Corners, in case you missed any of them:

May 2010: MedWorks at MCCR&R Childcare Network

Oct. 2009: MedWorks’ collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Jul. 2009: MedWorks at Genzyme

Apr. 2009: New England Journal of Medicine

Feb. 2009: Fresenius Medical Care

Sep. 2008: Fitness Works at Work

Jun. 2008: Medtronic

Apr. 2008: MedWorks at Reebok International

Jan. 2008: MedWorks at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

To read previous MedWorks E-News that you may have missed, please click here.

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