Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mindfulness: Week 8 – Your wild and precious life

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John Alex Murphy, The Province: “Week Eight is the rest of your life!” As I read this bold statement in the last chapter of my Mindfulness book, I was briefly taken aback, but then it made complete sense. After all, my mindfulness meditation experiences over the past seven weeks have been amazing. ...

What Mindfulness Isn’t … And What It Is

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Mindfulness is all the rage, but there are many misconceptions. It isn’t a form of relaxation, a technique, or even a meditation practice. It isn’t about doing things slowly or emptying your mind; it isn’t Buddhist, and it isn’t scientific. It isn’t easy … but, then again, it isn’t difficult. ...

“Room to Breathe” — A documentary film about mindfulness in a troubled middle school

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Room to Breathe is a documentary about teaching mindfulness to students of the troubled Marina Middle School in San Francisco, which tops its district for disciplinary suspensions, and has overcrowded classrooms creating an environment in which it’s almost impossible for learning to take place. As assistant principal Anthony Braxton explains ...

Physicians to receive 26 continuing medical education credits to study meditation, yoga and breathing as mind/body medicine

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PRWeb: The American Meditation Institute (AMI) will present the fifth annual continuing medical education (CME) course on meditation, yoga and breathing for physicians and other health care professionals, November 6-10, 2013 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” ...

McMindfulness revisited

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Dr. Arnie Kozak, Beliefnet: I have read Ron Purser and David Loy’s Huffington Post blog entry, Beyond McMindfulness. They write a thoughtful indictment of the popularization of all things mindfulness, especially in the corporate context. There are many important points made in this essay: Uncoupling mindfulness from its ethical and religious ...

Seven ways to teach your children mindfulness

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Here are seven practices that you can do with young children, to help bring mindfulness into your home. Just before leaving for school in the morning, stand together and take three mindful breaths. When your child comes home from school, give him or her a piece of fruit and ask them ...

Mindfulness training improves attention in children

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British Psychological Society: A short training course in mindfulness improves children’s ability to ignore distractions and concentrate better. These are the findings of a study carried out by Dominic Crehan and Dr Michelle Ellefson at the University of Cambridge being presented today, 6 September 2013, at the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive ...

Surprising ally for snow leopards: Buddhist monks

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Tia Ghose, LiveScience: The endangered snow leopard has some allies in unexpected places. The leopards are being protected by hundreds of Buddhist monasteries on the Tibetan plateau, new research suggests. The scientists, who detailed their study last week in the journal Conservation Biology, found that half of the monasteries are within the ...