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 Mighty I’ve had episodic migraines all my life, but they never debilitated me. A day or two before my period, when a bad headache would strike, I’d take four Advil, put an ice pack on my neck, and be fine a few hours later. That all ch
This blog post originally appeared on Mindful.org An Early Account In the 1950’s Dr. Thomas Almy, a prestigious gastroenterologist, snapped a picture of a live colon responding to the proverbial “butterflies in the stomach.” Dr. Almy invited a student to take part in an experiment whe
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 blog post originally appeared on Mindful.org It is officially the holiday season! During this time of year there can be so much pressure that unfortunately the joy, magic, and meaning of the season is lost, often replaced by stress. Especially now that Thanksgiving has come and g
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.