Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
In this month's issue, we bring you our usual monthly round-up of the latest international news on meditation -- including the Dalai Lama's involvement with neuroscience, continued research on meditation's health effects, and even how to meditate with your dog! We also feature news of Wildmind's meditation courses, as well as a review of a CD of guided meditations for children.
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Our next online meditation courses start Monday, Feb 6.
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
If you've ever been curious to find out more about
meditation's powerful potential for reducing stress, staying healthy,
and for encouraging conscious relaxation, sign up for one of our
These four-week courses offer a content-rich experience and interactive experience,
with online readings, guided meditations in MP3 and RealAudio
format that you can download to your computer, a discussion forum,
and personal attention in your online journal. And you have access
to all these things 24/7.
Our courses are suitable for anyone from complete beginners to
more experienced practitioners. You'll learn powerful techniques
for reducing stress and developing patience, relaxation, and calmness
in a friendly and supportive environment.
Our February online courses will be led by Sunada, an experienced teacher who has been meditating for over ten years. Having established her own practice while working full-time in high tech and then in arts administration, she understands the challenges of balancing a meditation practice with a busy life.
Our next online meditation courses -- from all
levels from beginners onwards -- start Monday, February 6. Make
sure you book
your place now.
Big Sky Mind Retreat, New Hampshire
Inside Aryaloka: The Meditation Hall
Enjoy the bright and spacious qualities of your mind on a week long meditation retreat! Join Bodhipaksa and Sunada from March 24-31 on an intensive silent retreat in New Hampshire's seacoast area.
This is an opportunity to experience letting
go into the spacious, sky-like state of mindfulness. We'll explore
the practice of dissolving the boundaries of the self, expanding
it outwards until "self" and "other" have little or no meaning.
We'll use a variety of forms of the mindfulness of breathing practice
and walking meditation in order to stabilize the mind, and we'll
use the six element practice in order to let go of our limited
ways of seeing ourselves, and to enjoy seeing ourselves as part
of an interconnected reality.
Aryaloka is one of New
Hampshire's most unusual buildings: two wood-framed geodesic domes
tucked away in the New England forest, but only an hour from Logan
International Airport in Boston, and 45 minutes from Manchester (NH)
You can read further details, including how to book your place,
Meditation in the News
Jan 27 Meditation, relaxation work equally well for anxiety disorders. (Health Behavior News Service). Meditation helps patients cope with anxiety disorders, but no more than other relaxation techniques, according to a new review of studies.
Jan 26 Meditation calms the mind and body (Lincoln Journal Star). If the origin of stress is in the mind, it only makes sense that relief from stress must come through the mind as well. One way to accomplish this is through meditation.
Jan 25 Buddha on the brain (Wired). The hot new frontier of neuroscience: meditation! (Just ask the Dalai Lama.)
Jan 24 Talking up Enlightenment (Free Tibet). Neuroscientists hear - and applaud - the Dalai Lama
Jan 22 Doggies beware: Book tells owners benefits of meditation (Mississippi Press). James Jacobson states that "Dogs are natural mediators, and this gift book introduces a non-dogmatic approach to meditation that gives people and their dogs a whole new leash on life."
Jan 20 Find inner peace with your pooch (The Columbian, Washington). Dog lovers ready to advance beyond "sit," "stay," "shake" and "heel" can add a new word to their pets' vocabulary. try "Ommmmmm."
Jan 20 Meditation goes to work (Minneapolis Star tribune). When conflict and stress hit you at work, try looking East to calm yourself and find better ways to cope.
Jan 19 Serenity finds a home (News Journal, Delaware).
Sacred space can inhabit a quiet, uncluttered corner or a specially designed room.
Jan 16 The art of peaceful thinking (INQ7, Philippines). “So many of us who were marching against war were such angry people. We were so aggressive. We were campaigning for peace but we were such peace-less people. And what I realized was that we’d never make a peaceful world with that sort of attitude.”
Jan 15 Winter can be perfect time for meditation (Journal Star, Nebraska). The quiet of winter is perfect for meditation. But if weather-imposed rest makes you restless and introspection leads to self judgment and despair and like the dreaming bears you crave Twinkies and chips, try to take it easy on yourself.
Jan 14 Reviews of recent books on faith and values (Wichita Eagle, Kansas). "How to Meditate With Your Dog" by James Jacobson.
Jan 13 More good news about meditation (Consumer Affairs). Study finds TM can reduce cholesterol buildup
Jan 11 More Americans turn to Buddhism (VOA). In recent decades, there has been a growing interest in the spiritual traditions of Asia, especially Buddhism.
Jan 12 Stevens: Meditation: an oasis from everyday stress (Danvers Journal, Mass.). It's the beginning of a new year, and among the many new year's resolutions, there is one that many of us should consider choosing ... reducing stress.
Jan 10 Union federation demands right to meditation at work (NIS News Bulletin, Netherlands). Union will demand the right to meditation and a silent space at work in future negotiations.
Jan 10 Meditation and the brain (Technology Review). New imaging technology makes it possible for scientists to document the brain activity of Buddhist monks.
Jan 7 Doll a tool in meditation (Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio).
Spiritual exercises create well-being, inner peace during stressful times; chakra can be an aid
Jan 7 Finding meditation, losing stress (Newsday). Meditation "totally transformed my experience in the classroom, and it transformed my relationship with people."
Jan 5 Meditation associated with increased grey matter in the brain (Xagena, Italy). A new study by researchers from Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows meditation also is associated with increased cortical thickness.
Jan 2 Key to stress-free success (Gulf Daily News, Bahrain). People can achieve success in a competitive world without any stress through meditation, a visiting expert said yesterday.
Jan 1 Pursue peace through meditation (Roanoke Times, Virginia). Letter from a therapist, regarding meditation.