Poetry: Your new tool for a healthy self & brain Did you know that Emily Dickinson can change your neurophysiology? Well, maybe not Dickinson herself, but certainly the poetry she wrote. In 2013, researchers at the University of Exeter had subjects take functional MRI’s (i.e., a t
Live your best life: Mindfully control your brain’s reaction to stress Did you know that the brain’s “stress center,” the amygdala, shrinks post mindfulness practice? In addition, the functional connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex are weakened. This allows
This blog post originally appeared on The Huffington Post It’s April, and while that means more rain showers, it also means it’s time to recognize a literary style “in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm”.
This blog post originally appeared on About Meditation. Do you ever struggle to connect or communicate with your partner? I mean, who doesn’t? But what a lot of people don’t know is that brain science shows that practicing mindfulness can help you in this area of life. You see, mindfu
This blog post originally appeared on THRIVE GLOBAL Here are five digestible bytes of well-regarded facts, opinions, and ideas about mindfulness meditation’s ability to lead to greater well-being! 1. Reframe the Experience of Pain: Mindfulness meditation’s ability to provide pai
This blog post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Imagine this: Finally, after a fulfilling but very long and arduous day of work, and perhaps for some, a foray into getting the kids fed and bathed and to bed, you finally have time for yourself, to unwind, and then eventually
This post originally appeared in The Jewish Week Have you ever lost your train of thought and found it elsewhere? How about “spaced-out” while reading, listening to a lecture, watching a show or even driving? This could be your mind, wandering. Mind Wandering refers to the phenomenon
This blog post originally appeared on YogaCity. Trying to write my dissertation jolted me into a realm of self-blame and self-criticism. I procrastinated because it was a burden, a dragon whose fiery mouth I wanted to avoid at all cost. I was anxious and I struggled with that intern
This post originally appeared on Mindful.org When you watch the Olympics, you can’t help but imagine the countless hours of training all of the athletes have devoted themselves to in order to accomplish the unfathomable feats of stamina, incomprehensible shows of endurance, and extrao
In honor of PTSD Awareness Month, and in response to the tragedy in Orlando, I offer five ways to help us help our children and ourselves in times of trauma. Give Yourself Permission to Feel Many Emotions at Different Times: One of the core concepts of mindfulness meditation is
Dr. Wolkin graduated with highest honors from Queens College, City University of New York. She then earned a PhD in Psychology, with a behavioral health emphasis, from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. Subsequently, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School.