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In this issue:
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- Forthcoming CD from Wildmind
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
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Mar 22 University
will wire students' brains to track changes (St Louis Today)
The university hopes to wire all of its 750 students and issue
them "brain integration report cards" - purportedly a new way
of determining how their college experience changes the brain.
Mar 20 New
business to entice customers with massages, meditation (Shreveport
When a new business opens, prizes and giveaways are often part
of the marketing scheme. But how about free meditation sessions
Mar 20 Mind
Yourself (News.com.au, Australia)
Don't want to grow old? Well, your brain doesn't have to, as Betsy
Mar 19 Never
doubt healing powers of the mind (The Australian)
Three activities have significantly reduced my stress levels and
altered the way I am looking at the world.
Mar 18 Q&A
with Jon Kabat-Zinn (Dallas News)
'Meditation is seen as a natural part of medicine'
Mar 16 Meditation-
its benefit for losing weight (Express News Online, India)
One way for people to handle the stresses of the modern world
and to achieve calmness and serenity is to practice the ancient
art of meditation. Not only this but meditation also helps in
reducing excessive weight of the body.
Mar 13 Destination:
meditation (Tallahassee Democrat)
From a rural outpost, a guru's followers journey inward toward
spiritual discovery - and reach out to bring others along
Mar 11 Nursery
to stars given top report (Hampstead & Highgate Express,
A Primrose Hill nursery where tots discuss their dreams and learn
yogic principles has been given full marks by education watchdogs.
Mar 10 Meditation
for your health (myDNA.com)
Stressed out? Don't be surprised if your doctor suggests meditation.
Mar 10 A
meditation centre? Won't all that chanting be a bit noisy, ask
Residents are opposed to a Buddhist meditation centre - because
they fear it could be too noisy.
Mar 9 New
mum Roberts seeks meditation (Contact Music News)
New mother Julia Roberts has turned to meditation in a bid to
combat tiredness, as she looks after her twin babies.
Mar 9 Hundreds
of thousands meditate for world peace (Times of India)
Chants of "Om Namah Shivay" rent the air as a congregation of
over two lakh (200,000) people meditated for world peace with
spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Mar 7 Meditation
relieves stress, improves health (Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi)
John Greer compares the average person's everyday thoughts to
a waterfall. "You can't see anything in a cascading river," said
the Memphis teacher of insight meditation. "But when the water
gets to a lake, you can see the sky clearly."
Mar 6 Thai
holy man shows meditation technique (Express-Times, New Jersey)
Spiritual enlightenment doesn't have to take a lifetime. In fact,
it can be achieved in three short years, a Thai abbot said Saturday.
Mar 5 Spiritual
awakenings (Wichita Eagle, Kansas)
Early spiritual experiences for children can provide the foundation
for a lifelong sense of identity and purpose
Mar 4 Is
group meditation an oxymoron? (Scoop, New Zealand)
" To my mind, awakening meditation is an inherently solitary
Mar 4 Cancer
patients can be well just as they are (CancerWise)
People can be well even when they have cancer - "well" in the
sense of having connectedness with themselves through meditation.
Mar 4 Meditation
as medicine (The Cape Codder, Massachusetts)
Dr. James Spira has been a serious student of Zen meditation since
1970, has spent several years in a Zen monastery, and he now uses
meditation as an integral part of his work at the Naval Medical
Center in San Diego where he directs the program in health psychology.
Mar 4 Meditation
may soothe stressed hearts (Web MD)
Daily Meditation may reduce heart disease risks
Mar 3 Vedic
City planning to open its own college (The Fairfield Ledger,
City officials in this town of about 200, incorporated in 2001
by members of the transcendental Meditation movement, say they
plan to start their own city-run college which would begin offering
classes this fall.
Mar 3 Meditation
benefits station Marines (Marine Corps News)
"The art of meditation has been around since the beginning of
time," said Sara Perez, IronWorks Gym fitness instructor and massage
therapist. "Anytime you sit by yourself and start to get lost
in a thought, it is a form of meditation."
Mar 2 Meditation
and visualization get Utes' heads into the game during one of
their finest seasons (Salt Lake tribune, Utah)
The Utes have been using meditation and visualization techniques
that are increasingly popular among elite athletes
Mar 2 Meditation
brings clarity, tranquility (The Post, Ohio)
"try to sit still for five minutes. try to be motionless
except for your breath."
Mar 1 The
Meditation Method (Yoga Journal)
A collection of articles on meditation.
New CD from Wildmind
We're pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of Bodhipaksa's
latest CD, Guided Meditations for Busy People. If you're
one of those people who really need meditation to help you deal
with the stresses of your busy schedule but you find you're just
too busy to meditate, this CD is for you.
Guided Meditations for Busy People contains nine guided
meditations, most of which are only eight minutes long. The shortest
is a mere 3 minutes in length! These "power meditations"
are designed to give you a quick boost during the day, but more
importantly they give you a tool kit of meditative techniques
that you can practice during a few moments' down time or even
while engaged in other activities.
Guided Meditations for Busy People is expected to be available
in May, 2005.