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A whole slew of news stories this month report that
people who meditate live longer than those who don't. Not only
did meditators have a 23 percent reduction in overall death during
the 18 years of the study, they also showed a 30 percent reduction
in the rate of death from cardiovascular disease and were 49 percent
less likely to die from cancer. Other studies have shown that
meditation has many psychological benefits as well.
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In this issue:
- Meditation in the news
- CD launch
- MP3 launch
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
- Book of the month
Meditation in the news
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May 23 Breath
of the eternal (Hindustan Times, India)
Vipassana, or insight meditation, is a nonreligious, nonsectarian
technique said to have been devised or discovered by Gautama Buddha,
in which insight is the key.
May 22 Kiran
Bedi gets honorary doctorate (NDTV, India)
Top woman police officer who introduced meditation to India's
jails honored by CUNY.
May 21 Meditation
good for the heart, study finds (MSNBC)
Regular practice may help prevent cardiovascular disease
May 19 Meditation
shown to ease stress (Quad-City Times, Iowa)
Today, more than 10 million Americans have made a place for meditation
in their lives. And those are the people who admit they practice
May 17 Relaxation
and meditation survival guide (Babyfit.com)
Relieve stress for a healthy pregnancy
May 16 40-day
meditation program can lead to prosperity (Marin Independent-Journal,
true abundance is the result of shifting your consciousness so
that you feel yourself to be a sort of spiritual waterfall of
May 14 Churchgoers
benefit from better health, studies show (Lexington Herald-Leader,
A growing body of scientific evidence shows that Americans who
attend religious services at least once a week enjoy better-than-average
health and lower rates of illness, including depression.
May 14 Whatever
your style, some methods to master meditation (Sun-Sentinel,
Meditation advice column.
May 11 Steady
meditation could extend life (Houston Chronicle, Texas)
Mantras and breathing lower death rate in study
May 11 Mindful
of their breathing (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Advocates say special meditation tips the scales toward a more
May 11 Can
meditation lower rates of death? (South Bend tribune, Indiana)
One of the first long-term studies of transcendental Meditation
has found that the practice was associated with significantly
lower rates of death.
May 9 Stress-reducing
relaxation may improve life expectancy. (Evansville Courier,
Research has shown that mental relaxation techniques such as transcendental
Meditation (TM) can reduce stress and help lower blood pressure.
Might this allow people to live longer?
May 9 Meditation
can be a life extender (Daily Bulletin, Ontario)
As a practice among Westerners, meditation goes back at least
100 years. But the advent of large numbers of Westerners meditating,
particularly Americans, probably dates to the Beatles' brief but
widely publicized involvement with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the
founder of the transcendental Meditation (TM) movement in 1967.
May 7 Without
drugs, HIV patients in Myanmar turn to meditation, herbs (Khaleej
Times, United Arab Emirates)
For three years Phyu Phyu Thin has volunteered to work with HIV
patients in military-ruled Myanmar, but like many charities, hers
is unable to offer life-prolonging drugs. That has prompted many
patients to turn to traditional herbal medicines and Buddhist
meditation, which offer some comfort if not a cure.
May 6 Yoga,
meditation must in Madhya Pradesh schools (WebIndia123)
Dipping pass percentages in the all important Class 10 and 12
exams have prompted the Madhya Pradesh government to make meditation
and yoga compulsory in all schools to improve concentration and
May 6 Meditation:
Focusing your mind to achieve relaxation (Mayo Clinic)
For a growing number of people, meditation is about clearing your
mind and focusing on the moment. So how do you meditate and where
do you find the inspiration to quiet your mind?
May 5 The
healing powers of Buddhist meditation (The Beacon, Mass.)
Members of the Clocktower Sangha speak very little as they trickle
into the South Acton Congregational Church for their weekly meeting
the evening of April 25.
May 3 transcendental
meditation the ticket to a long healthy life (Healthtalk)
An 18 year study has found that transcendental meditation doesn't
only help relieve stress, it reduces death rates by 23 percent
and extends life span, reports the American Journal of Cardiology.
May 3 Meditation
extends lifespan (Health and Age)
The first study of its kind reveals that transcendental meditation
is linked to reduced mortality.
May 3 Does
meditation offer any health benefits? (Boston Globe)
Yes. The ancient Eastern practice of quieting the mind through
a variety of techniques from simply focusing on one's breathing
to silently repeating a word or ''mantra" has been shown to have
measurable, beneficial effects on the body.
May 3 Meditation
may cut heart disease death (Fox News)
Want to live longer? Good genes, plenty of exercise, and eating
right should help, but you might also want to sit down, close
your eyes, and breathe.
May 3 Hospitals
into 'meditation in motion' (Thunder Bay Journal-Chronicle,
"It's a way to get people thinking about their health"
May 2 Meditation
found to extend lifespan (Science Daily)
An 18-year U.S. study has determined transcendental meditation
reduces death rates by 23 percent, the American Journal of Cardiology
May 2 Meditation
calms the mind, lengthens life (ABC News)
Increasing evidence suggests that transcendental meditation may
not only reduce stress, but also may help adults with high blood
pressure to live longer, according to a new study.
May 2 Meditation
study shows life gains (Forbes)
People who practiced transcendental Meditation lived longer than
people who didn't, experiencing a 23 percent reduction in death
May 1 Karma
chameleon's culture club (The Scotsman, Scotland)
Alan Spence puts body and soul into the Aberdeen literary festival
May 1 Calm
moments ease stress (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Indiana)
Meditation offers simple methods to quiet the mind
May 1 Be
one with the puck (Anchorage Daily News, Alaska)
It's his mantra: Alaska goalie relies on meditation to get up
for the game.
Launch of new CD: Guided Meditations for Busy
If you feel the need to learn meditation but the idea of finding
30 or 40 minutes to meditate is itself stressful, this CD is for
you. Short "power meditations" such as these - between three and
nine minutes in length - can be highly beneficial for busy people.
Each practice teaches a specific and powerful technique for quickly
transforming the mind, encouraging the rapid development of calmness,
spaciousness, and relaxation.
Available June 1. Order now from Wildmind.
MP3's available on our online store
We're pleased to announce that all of our CDs are
available as MP3 downloads in our meditation
supplies store, either as individual tracks or as complete
We even have available Bodhipaksa's new CD, Guided
Meditations for Busy People. It's available right now!
Big Sky Mind retreat, September 9-16, 2005
"I have never felt so close to a group of people in such
a short period of time." Rob, NH.
"Meditating with others was wonderfully supportive. The
experience was an inspirational adrenaline shot to my practice
and my life." Rori, ME
"Participating in the Big Sky Mind Retreat is one of
the most important things I have ever done. The chatter in my
mind slowed enough to really be present to the moment. Sustaining
that sweet state for several days was truly amazing." Karen,
Wildmind's Big Sky Mind retreat takes place twice a year -- in
New England in the spring and in Montana in the fall. Now's a
good time to think about booking a place for the September retreat,
which runs from the 9th to the 16th, with a weekend option. As
you'll see from the quotes from previous participants the retreat
is a wonderful opportunity to practice intensive mindfulness meditation
in a supportive environment under Bodhipaksa's guidance.
For more information on the retreat, including details on how
to reserve a place, visit the website of the Rocky
Mountain Buddhist Center, Missoula, Montana.