Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
Welcome to Wildmind's first newsletter of 2006. As usual, we bring you a round-up of the latest international news on meditation as well as news of Wildmind's meditation courses.
With the new year being a time of renewal and change, why not take the plunge and change your mind by joining one of our online meditation courses. Our courses give a thorough introduction to the art of stilling the mind and developing a more positive emotional outlook, and this month will be taught by a new member of the Wildmind team, Sunada. You can meet Sunada and read more about our courses below.
In this issue:
- Wildmind's online courses
- Welcome, Sunada!
- Meditation in the news
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- New material on Wildmind
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
Our next online meditation courses start next Monday, Jan 2.
Meditating has been shown in clinical studies to boost the cerebral cortex, to slow the brain's aging, to improve the body's ability to fight disease, and to promote feelings of wellbeing
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Our next online meditation courses -- from all
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Our December courses will be led by Sunada,
an accomplished teacher who has just joined the Wildmind on a full time basis. Sunada has a background in hi tech and arts administration, and has been practicing meditation for over ten years.
Sunada leaves her position as administrator for the Boston Cecilia, a performing organization with an established reputation for its period-instrument performances of baroque music, especially the oratorios of Handel and works of Bach.
For many years Sunada taught meditation and Buddhism courses in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and she will be responsible for teaching our online courses and for expanding Wildmind's course offerings. You can look forward to hearing more news about that later in 2006.
We consider ourselves fortunate in having Sunada join us!
Meditation in the News
Once again we bring you a selection of significant news stories on the topic of meditation. Prominent this month are stories on how meditation can help with rheumatoid arthritis, alcoholism, pain, and of course stress. Some sites may require registration.
Dec 28 'Art of Living' session for lock-up inmates (Daijiworld, India). Meditation course being held for inmates in Indian jail.
Dec 26 Incense for meditation (Llewellyn Journal, Minnesota). It’s a common practice to burn incense for ceremonies, rituals and meditation – but which ingredients are the best to use to promote this meditative state?
Dec 26 Indian guru brings message of joy through meditation (Asbury Park Press, New Jersey). For the past 25 years, Indian Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has helped millions of followers lead a more joyous and peaceful life through meditation.
Dec 25 Make peace with stress this season (Forbes). Tips on how to protect yourself by learning how to manage stress day by day.
Dec 24 Meditation good for gray matter, study finds (Post and Courier, South Carolina). Want to beat holiday stress? Get a thicker brain. How, you ask? Just say "om."
Dec 24 Meditation 'helps beat' alcohol cravings (ABC News, Australia). Professor says meditation can help people disengage from cravings and tolerate the discomfort associated with them.
Dec 23 Roman prison will begin offering meditation and yoga to inmates (Newstarget, Taiwan). In Rome, officials at the Velletri jail say they will soon admit Sahaja Yoga instructors into the prison to teach the prisoners, in hopes of providing inmates with greater mental and physical stability.
Dec 21 Think away the pain (Wired). A new technique helps patients significantly reduce pain simply by concentrating.
Dec 19 Writing from the quiet space within (Summit Daily News, Colorado). "I knew I had been avoiding my next level of writing as I walked into the funky mountain hideaway near Winter Park in September. And that's exactly why I went to the Rocky Mountain Contemplative Writing Retreat."
Dec 19 Unwrapping the present (Whittier Daily News, California) The good news is that even if you are a complete beginner, the benefits of meditation are available to anyone willing to give it a try.
Dec 16 Meditation Shown to Reduce Aging (Harvard Crimson, Massachusetts).
Study shows meditation to have long-term physical effects
Dec 15 Milleniary secrets of meditation (Granma, Cuba). Meditation improves health by exerting a positive influence on the immune system.
Dec 12 How to grow your brain (San Bernardino Sun, California). In several studies, researchers have presented evidence that regular meditation practice helps regulate both mental and physiological stress, improve health, increase lifespan, and cause measurable and fundamental changes in brain anatomy.
Dec 12 Be 'present' this holiday season (The Times, New Jersey). Instead of spending the next few weeks fretting about how you are going to eat just one cookie (or three cookies), consider taking up meditation.
Dec 12 Maryland study finds meditation helpful to rheumatoid arthritis patients (News Target). In recent studies, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that meditation often benefits those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis.
Dec 11 Meditation tips on how to overcome fear (Gulf Daily News, Bahrain). Fear is nothing more than a state of mind that can be changed with a positive outlook, says a meditation expert.
Dec 11 Even in the west, meditation may alter brain's physical structure (Austin American-Statesman, Texas). Rhythmic breathing and mind-clearing exercise not only calm and relax, but also appear to produce structural changes in the brain.
Dec 9 Meditation with meaning (tri-Town transcript, Massachusetts). Seven women sat in a circle last Monday morning, eyes closed, focusing on their breathing. The atmosphere was tranquil. Music played softly in the background...
Dec 9 trend of meditation remedies grows on campuses (Penn State Digital Collegian). A growing trend in the country that may reduce stress, create clearer thinking and help academic achievement is here. And it's not in pill form.
Dec 6 Quieting the discursive mind (St. Laurent News, Canada). Stephen Schettini's origins gave no hint of the life of contemplation and intense inwardness he eventually undertook for 30 years in the Buddhist monasteries of the Far East...
Dec 6 Meditation beats holiday stress (Florida Today). When life gets chaotic, meditation comes in handy
Dec 2 Graham: Why stress when you can meditate? (ASU Web Devil, Arizona). According to founder and executive director of the American Yoga Association, Alice Christensen, "Frequent meditation is key to beating burnout."
Dec 1 Talk shows ways to relieve stress (Daily eastern News, Illinois). Meditation and extra sleep are among the tips given to students at the "Stomping Out Stress" workshop Wednesday night.
Dec 1 Non-drug treatments may help adults stay focused (Lansing State Journal, Michigan). Yoga and meditation have been shown to be excellent adjunct therapies for ADD.