You sit without holding onto your goals. But when you see your brain proposing 
various goals, you don't need to freak out; the brain is always settling on 
stuff as goals. 

Non-reactivity in this clinical sense means keeping the brains focus of 
activity regulated by the balance between the neocortex and the limbus system, 
not tipping over into fight or flight. I personally find that sitting makes it 
take more stress to kick my nervous system into panic mode. When I take time to 
chill and see myself as I am each day, i take the vagaries of the nutcases 
around me in stride. So I have to endure this irritant I would not choose, at 
least I had some balance and stability to start out with. 

Chris Austin-Lane
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On Oct 20, 2010, at 5:51, Rose P <> wrote:

> Yes, indeed Mayka. This question of 'non-reactivity to experience' though, 
> I'm a little confused as to whether that's part of the aim of meditation 
> (this is not really the word I'm looking for at all......but I don't have a 
> better one...). Non-reactivity to experience could be helpful in certain 
> situations, but not in others? Or always helpful.....? For a beginner like 
> myself there's something appealing about non-reactivity as a 'goal', albeit 
> probably an unattainable one. 
> Rose
> --- On Wed, 10/20/10, Maria Lopez <> wrote:
> From: Maria Lopez <>
> Subject: Re: [Zen] Positive neural changes in the brain due to meditation?
> To:
> Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 12:16 PM
> Empathy, care for a patient,  altruism, love,  compassion has always been in 
> very good reputable all Hospitals from Pamplona, Spain which are well know to 
> all  high standard up Professional in the medical field in Europe . strangely 
> enough those hospitals happen to be in its majority in the hands of OPUS Dei 
> and catholic church (or at least they were) .  The real  mystery here is once 
> again in the heart.  And no matter who embodies that heart.  Nothing at all 
> is possible without the heart.  If mindfulness is show in a scientific way 
> the outcome will be a disaster
> --- On Wed, 20/10/10, Rose P <> wrote:
> From: Rose P <>
> Subject: Re: [Zen] Positive neural changes in the brain due to meditation?
> To:
> Date: Wednesday, 20 October, 2010, 12:21
> This was a really interesting article Ed. The bit that really stood out for 
> me was 'Years of meditation cultivates a natural non-reactivity to 
> experience.' It made me wonder whether, once everything else is stripped away 
> (the words, the concepts, the debates, and indeed the 'wondering'...), is 
> non-reactivity to experience the essence, the key, the aim of the practise....
> Rose
> --- On Wed, 10/20/10, ED <> wrote:
> From: ED <>
> Subject: [Zen] Positive neural changes in the brain due to meditation?
> To:
> Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 6:48 AM
> Mindfulness: Meditation Vs. Skill Set
> October 7, 2010
> By 4u Articles
> As a long term yogic and vipassana meditator, and a mindfulness-based 
> psychotherapist who regularly teaches meditation practices to my patients, I 
> find the growth of mindfulness as a clinical intervention very timely. Last 
> year, I attended two conferences focused on the use of mindfulness as a 
> clinical intervention: Meditation and Psychotherapy at Harvard Medical School 
> and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at UCLA.
> Interestingly, the conference at Harvard featured a greater percentage of 
> presenters who do not use meditation as an intervention in their clinical 
> work. For them, mindfulness is a teachable skill set, extrapolated from a way 
> of viewing life gained from sustained Buddhist meditation practices.
> These presenters included: Steven Hayes, founder of ACT, Lizbeth Roemer, U 
> Mass GAD researcher and clinician, Tal Ben-Shahar, Harvard Lecturer on 
> Positive Psychology, and Jayme Shorin, LICSW, sensorimotor trainer. The fact 
> that the organizers of the Harvard conference felt it necessary to devote 
> over half of the presentation time to methodologies that do not include 
> meditation was, for me, significant.
> Though this might be expected at a Mindfulness and Psychotherapy conference, 
> in fact the UCLA conference featured more presenters discussing the use of 
> meditation and compassion practices as a clinical intervention.
> These presenters included: Thich Nhat Hahn, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and 
> meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Harriett Kimble Wrye, and 
> Trudy Goodman, all psychologists and meditation teachers, and Dr. Daniel 
> Siegel & Harvard neuroscientist Sara Lazar presenting the neurobiology of 
> meditation.
> Due to the continuing trend in mental health toward brief, CBT [Cognitive 
> Behavior Therapy] methods and away from depth-oriented, psychodynamic 
> therapies, one can easily see how a reduction of mindfulness to an easily 
> deliverable skill set would be a natural outcome of the environment in which 
> it is delivered.
> But is the doing away with meditation practice psychotherapeutically wrong or 
> ineffective? Not necessarily.
> Even in the East, Karma Yoga is an example of a path to liberation which 
> eschews formal meditation practice in favor of a commitment to the work one 
> does in the world as spiritual practice.
> Also, with neuroscience showing significant brain changes from long-term 
> mindfulness meditation, one can easily see how a researcher like Steven Hayes 
> could create mental exercises that simulate, through active questioning of 
> the validity of language, the realization of the contextual nature of the 
> self., i.e., Am I really these thoughts and beliefs that my mind continually 
> comes up with?
> Years of meditation cultivates a natural non-reactivity to experience. But 
> why wait years, when simple instructions for distress tolerance, like those 
> featured in DBT can be dispensed to patients suffering from emotion 
> dysregulation? Following in the footsteps of ACT is Acceptance-based 
> psychotherapy which focuses on delivering skills for realizing and accepting 
> here and now experience with compassion; something vipassana meditation and 
> metta practices are well documented at cultivating in long-term 
> practitioners. Yet again, why practice meditation at all when mindfulness 
> skills can be learned and behaviors changed?
> Additionally, it must be acknowledged that most psychotherapists will not 
> want to learn and commit to a daily mindfulness meditation practice, or be 
> trained to teach mindfulness meditation. Therefore, it may be more desirable 
> and practical in clinical settings to deliver a CBT-like mindfulness skill 
> set rather than teach meditation
> In light of all these benefits, what do we lose in clinical practice when we 
> allow instruction of vipassana/mindfulness meditation to fall into disfavor 
> or become outmoded? The following list is my best guess at an answer to this 
> question:
> 1.The long and short term stress-reducing physical effects of meditation
> 2.The plethora of profoundly, positive neural changes evidenced in the brains 
> of long term vipassana/Tibetan Buddhist meditators
> 3.The deep emotional healing that comes from metta/forgiveness/compassion 
> meditation practices
> 4.The benefits of setting aside time in our busy lives for silence, 
> meditation and contemplation
> 5.The cultivation of peacefulness
> 6.The deepening of connection with and respect for our planet and all living 
> things upon it, which naturally arise from sustained meditation practice
> 7.The shared joy of a community of meditators; whether traditional sanghas or 
> 8-week mindfulness-based groups like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 
> (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Relapse Prevention 
> (MBCT), or Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for addiction recovery (MBRP).
> I have seen patients experience radical change from incorporating mindfulness 
> meditation and mindfulness skills into their daily lives and I am excited to 
> offer MBRP, a mindfulness-based intervention for addiction relapse prevention 
> in San Jose, CA in March 2008. Please contact me for more information.

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