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A very warm welcome to Wildmind's
In this issue:
- Major studies of meditation
health benefits launched
- Meditation in the news
- Give $1 to Wildmind
- New material on Wildmind
- Wildmind now has a UK
- Preorder Bodhipaksa's new book!
- New CDs by Bodhipaksa
CD makes a splash
- Book of the month
- Quote of the month
Four studies of meditation health benefits launched
The US National
Institutes of Health are funding four clinical
trials investigating the health benefits of meditation. Two trials will investigate
the effects of meditation in African Americans with cardiovascular disease, while
another will investigate the effects of meditation on arterial vasomotor dysfunction,
heart rate variability, transient myocardial ischemia, and psychological stress
and quality of life, measured by anger, hostility, anxiety, depression, perceived
health, disease-specific symptoms, and life stress and social resources.
fourth trial will assess the relative effectiveness of a mindfulness meditation-based
intervention for binge eating disorder in comparison to a psycho-educational intervention
and a waiting-list control group.
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Meditation in the news
collected together some recent news stories about meditation. You can see our
full index of news stories here.
Stress Takes a Toll on the Homefront
Meditation recommended as an antidote
to wartime stresses.
perspective on war
Lama Surya Das, a personal friend and translator for the Dalai Lama, gives a Buddhist
perspective on war. This is an audio newscast from National Public Radio's
Here and Now.
Yoga Really So Bad?
A Christian writer expresses her concerns about the
eastern religious background of Yoga, warning that meditation leaves the mind
open to invasion by evil spirits.
meditation on the way to wellness
The US National Institutes for Health
launch a program to investigate the health benefits of prayer and meditation.
Sunnyo Lee: Self No Self - Meditation Paintings
A Korean-born artist gives
visual expression to the Zen teaching of No Self, a meditation on the path to
overcoming alienation between the individual and society or nature.
is Finding Your Center
Article by Swami Kriyananda.
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material on Wildmind
We've posted twelve new pages since the last
newsletter. There are three on the metta bhavana (development of lovingkindness)
We've added several more pages on Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction (MBSR), including a syllabus
outlining the course, and eight abstracts from
published papers evaluating the effectiveness of MBSR in the treatment of chronic
pain, psoriasis, anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia, and depression.
now has a UK bookstore!
had a selection of books on meditation and related subjects for some time now,
courtesy of Amazon.com. Wildmind has now teamed up with Amazon.co.uk to offer
visitors in the UK the opportunity to browse the very best titles on meditation.
can check it out here.
Preorder Bodhipaksa's New Book!
A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation is on the way from the
printers and will be available in late April in the UK, Europe,
and Australasia at a price of £11.99. This edition is not available
in stores in the US. However...
Windhorse Publications does ship books to the US and elsewhere
in the world at a reasonable rate, so wherever you are you'll be
able to order the book in advance and have it delivered to your
Windhorse Publications has done a magnificent job on the
design of this book, and it's exceptionally beautiful as well as full of practical
advice to help you live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. We hope you'll
love the book as much as we do. If you check out this PDF
file of the title page you'll get an idea of how stunning the presentation
Click on the image or title to go to Windhorse Publications so
that you can buy your copy.
New CDs by Bodhipaksa
has just finished collaborating on two CDs for At Peace Media, both of
which involve collaborations with composer Michael Benghiat.|
The first CD is entitled "Yoga Pulse," produced
by At Peace Media and will be available through Wildmind's bookstore in
"Contemporary acoustic music
designed to accompany a yoga session from warm-up to cool-down. Each music track
provides unobtrusive musical support to yoga exercises. Non-repeating melodic
textures allow the mind to focus on the exercises, while rhythmic textures and
pulses give a flow and tempo to the workout.
final bonus track offers an edited version of the last music track, Eternity,
along with a guided Body Scan Meditation created and spoken by Bodhipaksa. This
guided meditation is designed to unite breathing with an awareness of body sensations
at the end of a yoga sequence while in Shavasana or a seated pose."
heard Michael's wonderfully relaxing music, we can highly recommend this CD --
even if you don't do Yoga -- and we'll let you know as soon as it's available
on our site. If you've heard and like Bodhipaksa's first CD of guided meditations,
you'll love the deeply relaxing Body Scan meditation that he leads on this CD.
The second CD is a more extended collaboration between
Bodhipaksa and Michael, and is a guided meditation and musical exploration of
the Six Element practice, which is a contemplation of our interconnectedness with
the universe. It will be available sometime in 2004, and of course we'll keep
CD makes a splash
For the last month, Bodhipaksa's popular CD of
guided meditations has been Amazon.com's best-selling guided meditation title.
Of course you don't have to go to Amazon to purchase it -- you can buy it here.
Book of the month
by Kulananda and Dominic Houlder (Paperback,
Have you ever found yourself making
impulse buys of things you don't really need? Ever feel bad because you think
you consume too much? Have you ever found yourself giving gifts to friends even
though you were in debt? Perhaps you need to read this book.
a life of simplicity in a Buddhist community in Britain. Dominic Houlder is Dean
of the Sloane Program at the London Business School. Both are practicing Buddhists,
and together they've put together a book of practical wisdom to help us find financial
peace, whether or not we follow the Buddhist path.
Drawing on traditional
Buddhist teachings, illustrated by the experiences of many practicing Buddhists,
and with numerous practical exercises, the authors show us how to become more
aware in relation to money. They show how we can misuse money to try to feel complete,and
how we can learn to find inner wealth in order to become more whole.
you're interested in buying this book from Amazon.com, click on the cover or title
above. To purchase from Amazon.co.uk, click here.
of the month
"To find the real path we have to go off the path we
are on now, even for an instant, and earn the privilege of losing our way. As
the path fades, we are forced to take a good look at the life in which we actually
inner path of personal change is not like a broad sidewalk with defined edges
that is clearly defined and which can be easily followed. It's more like an ancient
and little-used track in the wilderness. In places it's become overgrown or seems
to fade away. Sometimes it seems to split into several directions, and we're not
sure which branch heads in the direction we want to go or whether the different
branches perhaps converge again further along.
There's no way we can follow
such a track without making mistakes; without making decisions that cause pain
to ourselves or other people. We are forever wandering past the boundaries of
the track, or following false branches that take us out of our way. And in fact,
as Whyte suggests, we have to wander off the track and to follow the false trails
in order to establish where the real track lies.
In fact I sometimes talk
about the spiritual life as being "the fine art of making mistakes."
It's of little significance that we make mistakes -- everyone, after all, makes
mistakes that cause themselves and others to suffer -- but the important thing
is that we be prepared to learn from our mistakes. If we keep coming back to an
awareness of where we are in relation to where we want to go, then we'll end up
heading in the right direction, not despite our mistakes but because of them.
in fact, is life's way of reminding us that we have strayed from our inner path
of growth. As we sense growing dis-ease and disharmony in our lives, we can confidently
know that we have strayed from the path of awareness and lovingkindness. We can
then, as Whyte says, " take a good look at the life in which we actually
find ourselves" and see what needs to be changed. It's in this way that we
learn and grow beyond our current limitations.
© 2003, Bodhipaksa.