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meditative unified compassionate awareness (cover).jpgPoppy L.A. Schoenberg, Andrea Ruf et al. Mapping complex mind states: EEG neural substrates of meditative unified  compassionate wareness. Consciousness and Cognition 57, 2018: 41-53.

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“Specific mental training cultivates diminished self-reference, encompassing non-duality, emptiness, awakened-awareness, and compassionate experiences. We aimed to elucidate the neural substrates of four distinct, interdependent Essence-of-Mind states: (1) timelessness, (2) non-preference, non-duality, non-conceptualization, (3) the view of luminosity and limitlessness, (4) unified compassionate experience of oneness (stable awakened-awareness). Read the rest of this entry »

saving-yogis.jpgLucia, Amanda. Saving Yogis: Spiritual Nationalism and the Proselytizing Missions of Global Yoga. In: Brown, Bernardo E. & Brenda S.A. Yeoh (eds),
Asian Migrants and Religious Experience: From Missionary Journeys to Labor Mobility. Amsterdam University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-9462982321. DOI: 10.5117/ 9789462982321/CH02

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“The portable practice of yoga first migrated through unidirectional networks that transported knowledge from India to the West in the early twentieth century. Today, yoga flows through multidirectional and reverse networks, exposing new forms of hypermobility. This chapter analyzes one of these reverse networks by focusing particularly on how North American yogis export yoga globally through proselytization, marketing, and yoga sevā (‘selfless service’) tourism. It reveals how these modern yogis construct the practice as a universal good, and the benefits of ‘doing yoga”’ are often parsed with religious language. The author argues that the current hypermobility of yoga is more productively analyzed through missiological models of proselytization and conversion as opposed to economic models of production and consumption.”

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Jain, Felipe A. et. al. Critical Analysis of the Efficacy of Meditation Therapies for Acute and Subacute Phase Treatment of Depressive Disorders: A Systematic Review. Psychosomatics 2015, 1-13 (in press). [Link] via Academia.edu author homepage

[Abstract:]

Background: Recently, the application of meditative practices to the treatment of depressive disorders has met with increasing clinical and scientific interest, owing to a lower side-effect burden, potential reduction of polypharmacy, and theoretical considerations that such interventions may target some of the cognitive roots of depression.

Objective: We aimed to determine the state of the evidence supporting this application.

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Methods: Randomized controlled trials of techniques meeting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality definition of meditation, for participants having clinically diagnosed depressive disorders, not currently in remission, were selected. Meditation therapies were separated into praxis (i.e., how they were applied) components, and trial outcomes were reviewed. Read the rest of this entry »