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When Mindfulness Became Mainstream

Shannon Harvey

Jon Kabat-Zinn walked into the building and was instantly mobbed. People around me gushed that he had arrived. One woman started shaking with nervousness as she lined up to take his picture and get his autograph.  Jon Kabat-Zinn, or JKZ as we like to call him in our office, is a rock star in the mindfulness world. He’s a mindfulness teacher with a huge devoted following, who counts among his friends world leading scientists and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But you wouldn’t know it. He’s not on social media - at all. His fake Facebook page has more than... Read full article »

Two Simple Steps To Counter The Harmful Effects Of Stress

Shannon Harvey

In the 1960s, a young cardiologist named Dr. Herbert Benson had been sneaking transcendental meditators through the back door of his lab at Harvard University to study what happened to their body when they meditated. The result of his work was one of the major breakthroughs in modern mind body medicine.   Dr. Benson found dramatic physiological changes in the bodies of his subjects. He recorded decreased metabolism in the body, decreased heart rate, decreased rate of breathing and slower brain waves. He called his discovery the ‘relaxation response’ to suggest its role as a counter part to the stress... Read full article »

6 Things I Did To Recover From A Chronic Illness

Shannon Harvey

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when I was 24 years old. Although my doctors meant the best for me, they couldn’t offer me a cause or a cure. After traveling the world and meeting some of the leading experts in mind body medicine, I realized that in order to change my health, I needed to change my mind.   Here are 6 things that I did to change my mind and change my health:   1. I Started Practicing Yoga I was jogging about four times a week and doing weights training twice a week when I first... Read full article »

Getting Well And Staying Well

Shannon Harvey

The first thing I am often asked after someone sees The Connection is 'so are you well now?'   The answer is yes?   The next thing I am asked is 'what did you do?'   The answer is that it's not what I did, but what I continue to do.   It's been nearly 10 years since I was first told I had what the doctor suspected was Lupus and a 3 year journey to make the film. Over that time I have learned that the latest science has proven that when it comes to my health, balancing my... Read full article »

How To Find An Expert You Can Trust

Shannon Harvey

I had spent more than $30,000 on specialist doctors, drugs, nutritionists, and alternative therapists. I had tried everything from group therapy, to acupuncture and kinesiology. I had read books about healing my life and changing my thoughts. I was still sick.   I was at a point where I didn’t know who I could trust. People seemed to offer a solution, but often all I received was a bill and another appointment.I didn’t want to imagine a future where I was riddled with arthritis and flat with fatigue. So I kept searching.   I came across a PDF document written... Read full article »

Recovering From Serious Illness

Shannon Harvey

Not wanting to end up like his own mother who ended up in a wheelchair unable to feed herself, Professor George Jelinek went on a search for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis when he was diagnosed with the same disease she had suffered from. He appears in The Connection and has written this guest blog post for us.   The Key Ingredients Three things are necessary for recovery from serious illness. First, one has to have hope. That can come from a single report of someone else recovering. That is all it takes. Hope that you too can be like... Read full article »

My Year of Living Mindfully (Book)

In the midst of a global mental health crisis, millions of people have turned to mindfulness. But does it actually make us happier and healthier? In a world-first experiment, journalist Shannon Harvey recruited a team of scientists to put mindful meditation to the test. But what began as a year-long self-experiment soon became a life-changing experience..


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