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Seven Minute Mindfulness

Seven Minute Mindfulness is an audio targeted at using the most natural way to maintain a good focus and the mindfulness people need for their daily activities. It combines the various religious methods to reach a balance in ensuring the users reach the highest point of mindfulness they can ever attain. To help them reach this height, the program had been prepared to take only seven minutes of your time. Pending the time of its usage, the users will not have to spend a lot of time dealing with it. The Seven Minute Mindfulness was designed to be used on any device. Getting started is simple and will take just a few minutes after ordering. It comes with various bonuses like The Seven Minute Mindfulness Guidebook (A digital manual that comes along with the audio version); Your Little Book Of Mindfulness Exercises (A digital guide to some exercises that can be practised in the house)The product is in a digital format of Audio messages and has been created at a very affordable price. In case it does not meet their demands or desires, the users have the right to ask for a refund of their money within three months. The implication is that they are given the chance to try it at home and if they suddenly become sceptical or grow cold feet, they will get a 100% refund. Continue reading...

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Acceptance Defusion and Mindfulness

Mindfulness is traditionally defined as nonjudgmental awareness of, and contact with, the current moment (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). It involves openness to experience and recognition that thoughts and feelings are passing events that do not need to be acted upon. From an ACT point of view, mindfulness involves four key processes (Hayes, 2004) acceptance of experience, defusion from the literal meaning of thought (e.g., observing the thought as a thought, not as what it says it is), continuous contact with the present moment, and a transcendent sense of self. Mindfulness techniques, which generally foster all of these processes, provide a context in which the client can experience internal private events in the moment that is, observing them as something the mind does without necessarily treating these events as reality. Practicing mindfulness provides exposure to emotion while simultaneously reducing experiential avoidance and demonstrating that emotional events themselves are not harmful....

What in the world is consciousness

Abstract The concept of consciousness is multifaceted, and steeped in cultural and intellectual history. This paper explores its complexities by way of a series of contrasts (i) states of consciousness, such as wakefulness and sleep, are contrasted with awareness, a term that picks out the contents of consciousness, which range across all our psychological capacities (ii) consciousness is contrasted to self-consciousness, which is itself a complex term embracing self-detection, self-monitoring, self-recognition theory of mind and self-knowledge (iii) narrow and broad senses of consciousness are contrasted, the former requiring mature human awareness capable of guiding action and self-report, the latter involving the much broader capacity to acquire and exploit knowledge (iv) an inner conception of consciousness, by which awareness is essentially private and beyond the reach of scientific scrutiny, is contrasted with an outer conception which allows that consciousness is intrinsically...

Changing Therapeutics in the Management of Intractable Pain in Children at the End of Life 19952005

Pain that cannot be alleviated using conventional treatment is intractable. Intractable pain that does not respond to therapies beyond conventional practice is refractory. The relief of refractory pain may require a therapy that reduces conscious awareness. Intractable pain in childhood is unusual and is mostly seen in the setting of cancer pain and at the end of life. Intractable childhood cancer pain is usually disease related. Disease-related pain often recurs at the time of tumor recurrence and when the cancer becomes unresponsive to treatment. greater understanding of the management of opioid side effects to permit greater opioid dose escalation the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonists as new therapeutic options and better understanding of invasive approaches to pain management in children. Given the change in therapeutics, it may be that fewer children need to be sedated to reduce conscious awareness of intractable symptoms.

Different Types of Meditation

Another variant of the Buddhist tradition is Vipassana (mindfulness meditation), which attempts to fill the mind with several streams of thought simultaneously, focusing on everything present in the surroundings. A common technique in mindfulness meditation is the body scan, moving one's focus through the body, usually while lying down. Focusing may be comprehensive and include, for example, body parts, pain, street sounds, and other noises. According to Transcendental Meditation , which is a form of passive mantra meditation popularized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (9), meditators return their attention to the mantra whenever they become aware that their attention has wandered, but they do not use mental effort to maintain the mantra in conscious awareness. The result of trying to think of the mantra without expending effort is that TM meditators become increasingly aware of the effort exerted in producing thought. Wallace (9) defines TM as turning attention inwards, towards subtler...

Common Treatment Obstacles and Possible Solutions

There are three areas in which therapists generally make mistakes when using acceptance-based approaches. First, and specifically with ACT therapy, it is very easy to get caught up in the content of what the client has to say, and therapy can be derailed when this happens. It is critical to maintain a focus on context by asking the client to notice the content and process of his or her private experience on a frequent basis. The therapist should also take notice at those times, in the sense of being mindful of the ongoing process. This perspective or frame helps create a sense of distance and objectivity toward the content at issue.

Context and the firstperson perspective

If we consider Gazzaniga's narrative interpreter of the dominant hemisphere to be one kind of self-system in the brain, it must receive its own flow of sensory input. Visual input from one-half of the field may be integrated in one visual hemicortex, as described above, under retinotopic control from area V1. But once it comes together in late visual cortex (presumably in inferotemporal object regions), it needs to be conveyed to frontal areas on the dominant hemisphere, in order to inform the narrative interpreter of the current state of perceptual affairs. The left prefrontal self system then applies a host of criteria to the input, such as did I intend this result Is it consistent with my current and long-term goals If not, can I reinterpret it to make sense in my running account of reality It is possible that the right hemisphere has a parallel system that does not speak but that may be better able to deal with anomalies via irony, jokes, and other emotionally useful strategies....

The Chronic Pain Self Management Program

LeFort 22 developed the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) in 1995 by adapting the ASMP in order to make it more directly applicable to people with chronic pain. Modifications were made with respect to (i) myths and information about chronic pain, (ii) understanding acute and chronic pain, (iii) pacing activity and rest, (iv) exercise, (v) communicating about chronic pain, (vi) breathing and body awareness, and (viii) medications.

Amplification of Visceral Afferent Signals

Perhaps the best clinical model for the effects of inflammation on visceral hypersensitivity is the postinfectious IBS model (PI-IBS). This was the diagnosis in the first case report, with Ms. L.R. Recent evidence suggests that PI-IBS actually results from a combination of an inflammation-induced altered mucosal immune system that sensitizes visceral afferent nerves (2), in addition to some degree of central emotional distress. The stress further amplifies the afferent signal to a point of conscious awareness (13,25). In the first prospective study to address this issue, 94 patients hospitalized with acute gastroenteritis and no prior history of bowel complaints were followed up three months later (26). Although most (n 72) of the patients recovered clinically, 22 continued with abdominal pain and bowel dysfunction. Notably, both the symptomatic and the recovered postinfectious groups had similar levels of gut hyper-motility and visceral sensitivity. However, greater psychological...

Discussion and conclusions

Should consciousness be viewed as a graded or as an all-or-none phenomenon Some computational theories of consciousness, in particular global workspace models, assume that once a representation has entered the workspace, it is fully conscious. Dehaene specifically refers to this process as ignition , and accordingly predicts that all measures of conscious awareness should systematically be strongly associated with each other (Dehaene et al., 1998, 2003 Dehaene and Naccache, 2001 Dehaene and Changeux, 2004). In this view, consciousness is thus an all-or-none phenomenon. Other frameworks, in contrast, predict that consciousness is fundamentally graded (Cleeremans and Jimenez, 2002 Moutoussis and Zeki, 2002 Lamme, 2004). While there is a clear sense in which one is either aware or unaware of a stimulus (i.e., I perceive the stimulus or I do not), there are also other cases where there is a clear sense of gradedness in conscious experience (e.g., ambient noises, for instance, or perhaps...

Attention and consciousness

With the corollary discharge, and equates it to 'pure consciousness experience'. He reasons that there exists a buffer in the model, the neural activity of which is the correlate of the consciousness of the organism. The corollary discharge signal appears in this buffer briefly, to be immediately followed by the sensory signal of that which has been attended as selected by the discharge. Therefore the pure conscious state is a temporal extension of the content-less pre-reflective self state. The CODAM model allows Taylor and his colleagues to arrive at several important conclusions. For example, they explain the meditational processes aimed at achieving a state of 'pure consciousness' found in several Eastern religions. They argue that advanced forms of meditation force the attentional corollary discharge to block sensory input and turn to attending only to itself. Another application is the explanation of the at-tentional blink which occurs when someone is asked to attend to several...

Studies in MS and Other Conditions

Another MS study evaluated the effects of mindfulness of movement, a component of t'ai chi (2). Mindfulness of movement involves developing a moment-to-moment awareness of the quality of breathing, movement, and posture. In the study, eight people with MS were given one-on-one instruction in mindfulness of movement as well as audio and videotape aids. The placebo-treated group, which also included eight people with MS, continued with their current care program. People were assessed before the program and after 3 months. Those who participated in mindfulness of movement showed improvement in multiple symptoms, as assessed by patients and by relatives. Limitations of this study include a relatively large number of people who dropped out of the study, small numbers of people overall in the study, and the lack of objective (blinded) clinicians for assessment. Larger and more rigorous studies of t'ai chi in MS are needed.

Tools For Traumarelated Problems

A primary feature of most treatments for PTSD is to educate clients about the disorder and the rationales for treatment. Treatments focus on providing information and teaching new skills for living. Those who deliver cognitive-behavioral interventions explicitly conceptualize much of what they do as skills training, and as the field has developed, cognitive-behavioral methods have been designed to address a wide and growing array of skills that can be taught by clinicians to their clients. In this book, skills training approaches are outlined across chapters and form large parts of some of the interventions discussed, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as summarized by Wagner and Linehan in Chapter Six, the Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) treatment described by Cloitre and Rosenberg in Chapter Thirteen, and the Seeking Safety protocol presented by Najavits in Chapter Ten. The book as a whole includes extensive discussion of the client skills sets...

Relaxation Therapy

There are many different types of relaxation techniques which include meditation, mind body interaction, music- or sound-induced relaxation, mental imagery, and biofeedback. Rhythmic, deep, visualized or diaphragmatic breathing may also be used. Most studies of relaxation therapies are of poor quality and provide conflicting results. There is some evidence of short-term benefit in chronic low back pain for combined cognitive therapy and progressive relaxation therapy 28 . Mindfulness based stress reduction, a learned meditation technique that has been applied to many chronic psychological and physical health conditions, appears to be associated with significant and sustained improvements in pain intensity 29 , but has yet to be subjected to adequately sized randomized trials.

Treatment Method

Other, more formal, meditation methods include transcendental meditation, mindfulness meditation (or vipassana), and meditation techniques associated with Zen (the Chinese word for meditation) and yoga. Mindfulness meditation has been extensively described and researched by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. The relaxation response also may be produced by hypnosis, guided imagery, biofeedback, and prayer, all of which are discussed in detail elsewhere in this book.

Consistency

When working with survivor couples we strive for consistency and predictability as a way of creating and maintaining a safe and trustworthy environment. There are many ways to demonstrate consistency and predictability, ranging from the basic structure of the therapy environment to maintaining a peacekeeper stance to control potentially damaging behavior in session. Maintaining consistency in some of the more basic areas can be extremely beneficial in providing a safe environment (a guideline that is common to most therapeutic orientations). Finding and maintaining a particular day and time for sessions that works for both the therapist and the couple, starting and ending sessions on time, and beginning and ending sessions in a predictable way (e.g., with a mindfulness exercise by checking in with the couple on thoughts about their previous or current session) are all structural ways of providing consistency.

Modeling

Modeling is frequently used in conjunction with the previous principles. While we were reviewing the principle of contingent responding in relation to couple therapy, we noted that there are a number of clinically relevant behaviors emitted by both partners that represent potential opportunity for intervention by the therapist. Similarly, the therapist's interactions with the couple provide multiple opportunities for modeling new forms of behavior. Again, a thorough and ongoing functional analysis of the couple's problems will serve to make the therapist more mindful of potential opportunities for learning through modeling. At times this modeling will be done explicitly for the couple however, more important opportunities may occur using a subtler approach. one of the most important forms of behavior that the therapist will work to model consistently is validating behavior. During the first few sessions, the therapist would not draw attention to his or her validating behavior....

Nonspecialized

(2) Specialized process theories assume that consciousness arises from specific computations that occur in a dedicated mechanism, as in Schacter's (1989) Conscious Awareness System (CAS) model. Schacter's model assumes that the CAS's main function is to integrate inputs from various domain specific modules, and to make this information available to executive systems. It is therefore a specialized model in that it assumes that there exist specific regions in the brain whose function is to make its contents available to conscious awareness. It is a process model to the extent that any representation that enters the CAS will become available to conscious awareness in virtue of the processes that manipulate these representations, and not in virtue of properties of those representations themselves. More recent computational models of consciousness also fall into this category, most notably Dehaene and colleagues' (1998) neural workspace model and Crick and Koch's (2003) framework, both of...

Pathophysiology

What is the physiological basis to justify this conceptual model Chronic pain is a multidimensional (sensory, emotional, and cognitive) experience, best explained by abnormalities in the neurophysiological functioning at the afferent, spinal, and central nervous system (CNS) levels (7). Chronic pain is distinct from acute pain arising from peripheral visceral injury or disease, because structural abnormalities, motility disturbances, and tissue damage leading to increased afferent visceral stimuli are not prominent and may not even be present. As pain becomes more chronic, the CNS becomes the primary modulator of the pain experience and can even amplify incoming regulatory (i.e., non-nociceptive) visceral afferent signals to the point of conscious awareness and distress. The discussion below provides a plausible explanation for amplification of chronic pain from both peripheral and central sources (3).

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