The Love Meditation

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This imagery will guide you to experience your ability to feel the emotion of Love. You have felt love at certain times in your life, and it is the feeling you learned to feel during these times that are revived when you are touched by a beautiful love story, a romantic film that makes you cry, or touching family photos. The state one enters when feeling these emotions is ideal for creativity, play, healing, or peak performance. Continue reading

STRESS AND HEALTH: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants

This National Institutes of Health paper reviews many of the studies linking the stress response (and therefore our thoughts, beliefs, and emotional reactions) to a very wide range of physical illnesses. Many more studies have come out since its publication, but this is a useful review. Continue reading

The Impact of Stress on Body Function: A Review

Stress can be either a triggering or aggravating factor for many diseases and pathological conditions. In this study, we have reviewed some of the major effects of stress on the primary physiological systems of humans. Continue reading

Can Meditation and Awareness make depression worse?

Question:  “Dr. Miller, can meditation and awareness make depression worse? I’ve been feeling numb and empty since kicking my anxiety to the curb with meditation and awareness. Is this normal? Could I be doing something wrong?” Dr Miller Response: Let me first rephrase your question in a small but important way. Through using meditation and selective awareness you’ve managed to…

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What are the scientific and ancient techniques of healing our minds?

Question: “Hi there. I wanted to what the scientific and ancient techniques of healing our minds are as I recently read your latest post on the power of imagination.” Dr. Miller’s Response: There were techniques for healing the mind and that virtually all major cultures. These techniques were often taught to people under the guise of being sacred teachings. Healing,…

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Ram Dass: Remembrances of a Dear Friend

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This year my experience is tempered by the sobering news of the passing of my old friend and fellow workshop leader, Ram Dass. Come with me on a trip down Memory Lane to revisit some of my personal experiences with this remarkable man: Remembrances of a Dear Friend, Ram Dass (listen to podcast). Continue reading

Between Lives: A New Year’s Imagery on Letting Go

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In our culture we would say that someone has “died”, but many sects of Buddhism would say that only the body dies, but that a deeper, more essential aspect of ourselves enters the “Bardo,” the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. In this state evaluate your… Continue reading

I just started meditating about a week ago, any tips to help me get started?

Question:  “I just started meditating about a week ago, any tips to help me get started?”   Dr Miller Response: Tip 1: Practice meditation daily. Most people who start meditating stop before they reap the benefits. Remember why you want to meditate. Perhaps it is for one of the benefits that research has shown, like reducing stress, improving memory and…

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Habits of thinking

Question:  “I’ve noticed that the more I think about something the more it becomes a habit of thinking. It’s like a positive feedback loop. So, if your depression or anxiety is caused by certain thoughts, maybe if I think less about these things and think more about things that make me happy, the lesser the negative impact of such thoughts. What…

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Saudade, nostalgia and grieving healthily

Question: “Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one cares for and/or loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. I find myself obsessing and ruminating at certain times. Advice is welcome.” Dr. Miller Response: Saudade, is an experience of your…

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Mindfulness and Your Mind: Step 1 (video and free meditation)

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Our imagery this week will be an introduction to mindfulness meditation. In this video, excerpted from one of my professional trainings, I will share an important experience from my life, and then the mindfulness experience.

In this relaxed state the power of the imagery you hold in your mind is multiplied, as is the power of the words you say to yourself. Sometimes the changes come about so quickly, completely and permanently it’s almost as if the messages you are giving your mind, are magic words. Continue reading

The Secret Word By Which All May Be Accomplished

This is the god Khidr, who was believed by the Sufis to be a righteous servant and messenger of God who possessed great wisdom. A well-known old Sufi story concerns the time that Khidr came to earth with the intention of teaching mankind the word by which all could be accomplished. As he was on his way into town (Sufis call…

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Creating Your Island of Peace Meditation

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This FREE guided imagery experience is a perfect way to begin to learn to heal deeply. Because stress is such a… Continue reading

The Infinite Power of Your Imagination

Human beings hold nature’s crowning achievement between our ears – the human brain. And to go along with it, the human imagination, the secret to all human creativity and production.  Continue reading

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The Magic of Silence – a Conversation with ex-Carmelite Nun Kimberly Braun

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In this conversation with Kimberly Braun, you will learn about the profoundly positive role that silence can play in your life if you tune in to it! Continue reading

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Spontaneous Violence and The Hero Project – a Conversation with Dr. Phil Zimbardo

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Podcast: Play in new windowDr. Zimbardo became world famous as a result of his startling “Stanford Prison Experiment,” in which he randomly assigned psychologically normal college students to play the role of either prisoners or guards. Within a few days the two groups became more and more violent with each other – so much so that it became necessary to…

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A Brief History of Systems Theory

Because the notion of systems appears so often throughout this book, I would like to offer the following brief review of the development of logical and scientific thought, as an introduction to the concept of systems. It is based on the excellent ideas presented in Peter Checkland’s excellent book, “Systems Theory, Systems Practice,” which I highly recommend to anyone who…

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Love is the Power – a Conversation with Robert O. Williams

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In this conversation with Robert O. Williams, you will learn about his life’s journey and the power of love to heal humanity and our planet. Continue reading

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Embracing the End of Life – A Journey into Dying and Awakening – a Conversation with Patt Lind-Kyle

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In this conversation with Patt Lind-Kyle you will learn about embracing the end of life and how to go through that journey with a loved one or yourself in a healthy way. Continue reading

Larger Than Life, Liberal Arts Education and Global Leadership in the New Millennium – Emmet Miller MD Explores a presentation by a college colleague, Kirby Talley

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In this experimental presentation, Dr Miller adds his thoughts to a moving speech that was given by his college classmate Kirby Talley about life, leadership, values and collective wisdom. Continue reading