Can biofeedback techniques help the treatment of anxiety disorders and the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in particular?
This post is a guest article by Antonio Martins-Mourao, PhD, who is a practising Clinical Psychologist and a Lecturer in Psychophysiology and Mental Health, at the Open University, where he also runs the QEEG & Brain Research Lab currently researching Anxiety disorders. Continue reading
This week I noticed this research news: mindfulness helps weight loss.
It’s good to see such research being published, though it’s hardly a surprising result. I thought it would be useful to speculate as to why mindfulness should be benefit weight loss. Continue reading
The story starts when I was a student. I was studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge, and hoping to specialise in Physics. I was struggling with Physics, in part because my studies weren’t giving me the deep understanding of reality that I really wanted. Then I came across a book called ‘The Tao of Physics’, written by Frijof Capra back in 1973. It was about the parallels between some ideas in modern physics, and ancient traditions of the East, such as Buddhism and Taoism. It was my first real contact with the idea of meditation as a way of directly experiencing wisdom, the nature of reality, etc. I realised that was what I really wanted. I learned that in Buddhism, wisdom is not just a passive acquiring of knowledge but comes with complete personal transformation, which is what meditation (at least in the Buddhist context) is all about.
That was back in around 1988. I’m still working at meditation. It’s probably fair to say that mindfulness meditation has proven harder for me than I would have liked. Continue reading