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Meditation in the news
Here are last month's news stories concerning meditation.
exercise stop stress before it happens (Herald-Dispatch)
Many Americans tend to be reactive instead of proactive when it
comes to battling stress, said Richard Wilson, director of Cabell
Huntington Hospital Pastoral Counseling Center. "We tend to get
overwhelmed instead of doing what is necessary on the front end,"
he said. "I think reducing stress works much better from a preventive
side than it does after we're pulling our hair out. I practice meditation,
prayer and exercise. I find that I have less stress if I do these
Atlantic Offers Passengers Inflight 'Meditainment' to London
(Yahoo Business News)
Virgin Atlantic Airways is to offer passengers Meditainment, the
world's first inflight meditation program, from February 1, 2004
as part of its extensive inflight entertainment package. Meditainment
Ltd, a company that specializes in guided meditation experiences,
has produced a series of meditative journeys for the audio inflight
the demons (Observer, UK)
...The other key component of my anti-depressive programme is meditation.
As Rowe says: 'The depressed person might appear to an outsider
to be inactive, but inside, the person's thoughts are churning around.
Meditation, or just learning to centre yourself and relax, can quieten
captives free (Buddhist News Network)
Prisoners can't go to the temple, so for the past three decades,
Phra Khemadhammo has been taking the temple to them. Each week,
the British-born Buddhist monk travels more than 960 kilometres
to prisons in various parts of Britain to give spiritual guidance
over disease: Meditation is proving to be an antidote to a variety
of ills (New York Daily News)
In the middle of the night, Dale Lechtman wakes up, all kinds of
thoughts crowding sleep out of her mind. But Lechtman has an effective
weapon to fight her insomnia: meditation. Lying in bed, she focuses
on breathing. She breathes in deeply. Then she exhales through her
nose and mouth slowly, as if she were trying to make a feather float
on her breath.
a 10-day silence transformed my life (The Philippine Star)
I have been filled with gratitude since I attended the 10-day course
in Vipassana meditation last October. Since October is the month
of my birth, I decided to make this course a retreat for myself.
This retreat gave me 10 beautiful days of silence, time with myself,
and some techniques on meditation. Indeed, I received a gift from
life about life that came at a most precise time.
may help brighten year (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
When Abby Terris was a little girl, she used to sit in the garden
and do absolutely nothing, and it was wonderful. When she got a
little older, and the world got a little more complicated, that
kind of peace left her for awhile. But she found it again when she
discovered Zen meditation and learned once again to live in the
for spirituality has many looking within (Cleveland.com)
Slowly, they turn, Buddhists, Jews, Catholics, atheists and others,
moving in short, purposeful steps around one another in walking
meditation at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland...
inner peace: Meditation provides relaxation (Lawrence Journal
Joe Mentesana got into meditation by happenstance. "I just came
across an old self-help psychology book of my dad's from the '60s.
It had a little snippet that said not to meditate for more than
20 minutes a day, because it would be an infringement on your relationship
to the universe," said Mentesana, a December graduate of Kansas
University with a bachelor's degree in religious studies. "It's
very funny, but that got me started. After that, I just kept on
reading." Six years after coming across that odd passage, Mentesana
is still meditating -- for at least 20 minutes per day, usually
before he goes to bed.
sickness and in health: empty your mind (The Telegraph, UK)
Forget the gym - what we need is mental fitness, says Robert Matthews
prisoners mending ways through meditation (The Star, South Africa)
Red drapes billow from the ceiling, tea lights flicker in front
of an altar and chants play softly. It is easy to forget the setting
is Sweden's top security prison and the men meditating are hardened
convicts. Kumla prison, 200 km west of Stockholm, runs a unique
project where inmates serving long sentences can apply for contemplative
retreats in a prison wing turned into a monastery.
in the mist (SMH travel News, Australia)
Monks in the mist January 6, 2004 In search of spiritual enlightenment
- and a cheap place to stay - Arin Greenwood books into a Japanese
can draw energy from all sorts of outlets (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel,
Good nutrition, regular exercise, more sleep and better time management
are some of the proven ways to increase personal energy, but there
are others as well. Some people swear by the ancient arts of meditation,
massage, yoga and tai chi and chi kung. Here is information on each.
medical benefits draw followers (Erie Times-News, Pennsylvania)
Addie DiBacco doesn't think about her three heart attacks when she
meditates every morning in her living room. She doesn't think about
her two grandchildren, or her husband. In fact, she tries not to
think about anything at all. "It's the most difficult part of meditation,"
said DiBacco, 60. "I try to focus on my breathing. As soon as I
feel myself start to drift off, I come back by repeating the word
star on Buddhist life (BBC)
Former rugby star Ricky Evans has spoken about how life has been
transformed by his conversion to Buddhism. Evans, who won 19 caps
for Wales, says the inner peace he has found by adopting the Eastern
spiritual tradition means as much to him as representing his country.
battle to meditate (BBC)
A Buddhist from Essex was forced to apply for planning permission
to meditate in his own patch of woodland.
the Judge (Louisville Snitch, Kentucky)
...Thou shalt not teach religion in the schools, ruled the judge,
and the course was stopped. transcendental Meditation, he said,
involves instruction about a supreme being or power, and that violates
the First Amendment...
stress-busters target Iraq (BBC)
India's Art of Living Foundation is bringing yoga, meditation and
breathing exercises to try to soothe a people rattled by war and
Has a Place in Helping Patients Improve Health, Doctors Say
In the middle of the night, Dale Lechtman wakes up, all kinds of
thoughts crowding sleep out of her mind. But Lechtman uses meditation
to handle insomnia. Lying in bed, she focuses on breathing. She
takes in air deeply. Then, she expels it through her nose and mouth
slowly, as though she were trying to make a feather float on her
one with the cosmos (if not the council) (The Telegraph, UK)
Edward James points to Northwood, his tiny, half-acre plot of Essex
woodland, and sighs. "This," he says, "has been put under the same
kind of planning scrutiny as a housing estate or a 24-storey high-rise."
But Mr James does not want to erect housing on his land, or even
one house; he wants to use it for meditation.
meditation revived (Montreal Gazette)
Silent repetition of a mantra called a 'jesus prayer' aids search
for inner peace, priest says.
fancy for Falun Dafa meditation (Times of India)
Falun Dafa, the practice of improving one's mind and body through
simple exercises and meditation, is gaining popularity in the twin
cities. Falun Dafa grabbed the headlines in 1999 when Chinese authorities
banned its practice alleging that it was "advocating superstition
and spreading fallacies".
seeks Peace Palace site (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
The transcendental Meditation Program wants to begin building a
5,000-square-foot Peace Palace in Iowa City within a year. An artist's
rendering of a Peace Palace, or Maharishi Vedic Center. Special
to the Press-Citizen The new meditation center could cost more than
nun's path to asylum hindered (Washington Post)
Sonam always feared her devotion to Buddhism would land her behind
bars in her native China. As it turns out, she is serving a long
term in jail -- not in East Asia but in central Virginia. The 30-year-old
Buddhist nun, who grew up in a Tibetan village near the foot of
Mount Everest, fled to the United States last August after family
members had been tortured and friends jailed for their faith, she
said. But when she arrived at Dulles International Airport and requested
asylum, federal immigration officials detained her and placed her
in the local jail in this small city outside Richmond.
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