“Mindfulness: Old Wisdom for Modern Times”

This programme was on BBC World Service radio this morning. It explores the benefits of mindfulness and how it can and is used in modern life to treat issues of anxiety, depression and stress. 

Mindfulness: Old Wisdom for Modern Times 

“Mindfulness therapies – based on ancient practices of meditation – are increasingly being taken up as the means of dealing with the pressures of modern living. Supporters believe they provide an evidence-based therapy for dealing with some of the most intractable conditions of mental illness, but some critics say they are a commodification of ancient practices. Mike Greenwood investigates.” 

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How to sit during meditation

Traditionally, yoga practitioners are recommended to start meditation after they have achieved some sort of physical fitness through asana (i.e. the poses) and pranayama (i.e. breathing) practice. This hierarchical method prepares the body (the muscles, joints and lungs) to sit without aches and pains for extended periods during meditation. Continue reading