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A medical model in which patients were tested
showed that individuals could be taught to alter their
thoughts and this changed their outlook in challenging
"Due to rapid technological change we are living in
a time of social experiment but advanced technology is
not teaching our children survival skills. How do we
teach them hope?"
"Research has now shown, through focused
behavioural experiments that this can be achieved."
Campbell said that focus groups that used
meditation to overcome negative emotions, responded
better than a group doing simple relaxation exercises.
"Meditation is now proven to improve not only
psychological function, but physiological. Blood
pressure levels are controlled and the immune system
The group that meditated reported they were kinder
to themselves and had a better perspective on life.
"The Dalai Lama tells us that the purpose of life is
happiness, so we as humans can cultivate happiness in
the mind," Campbell said.
"Now it is proven that we can cultivate our minds
and create a warm, forgiving and more accepting
person within, by altering our thought patterns," he
Campbell said that changing habits by creating new
pathways of thinking was how we learned to be more
"We cultivate a positive mind, thoughts and
emotions within positive relationships. If we want to
change our world, we have to start by changing
ourselves," he said.
"Mahatma Gandhi's words
were 'be the change you wish
to see in the world'. We know for
sure that it is possible to live
a life not governed by
Creating a positive
mind means that
humans can change, and
this is good news for everyone
touched by depression.
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