Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
In this month's issue, we bring you our usual monthly round-up of the latest international news on meditation -- including further confirmation that meditation is beneficial in reducing blood pressure, promoting heart health, and increasing the brain's effectiveness, plus three stories about business professionals using meditation to become better leaders. We also feature news of Wildmind's meditation courses, as well as a review of a book on mindfulness for health professionals.
In this issue:
- Wildmind's online courses
- Retreat opportunity in NH
- Meditation in the news
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
- CD of the month
Our next online meditation courses start Monday, March 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 March 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, March 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
Feb 27 Meditation made easy (Cybernoon.com) Often people stress over getting it right defeating the whole purpose of meditation.
Feb 26 For some, key to health is mind over medicine (ABC News) Many turn to meditation, non-conventional treatments for ailments
Feb 26 Group meets to beat stress (The Minnesota Daily) Last fall, two students founded the Mindfulness for Students Club.
Feb 25 Meditation and the art of becoming a better boss (Stuff) Chief executives are finding their 'Buddha nature' in the practice and disciplines of Tibetan meditation.
Feb 24 Dalai Lama talks about meditation and neuroscience (Technology News) Neuroscience professor Richard Davidson says his results suggest that meditating actually alters the structure and function of some monks' brains.
Feb 22 Meditation medication (The Press-tribune) Heart patients at Kaiser's Roseville Medical Center have a new way to recover from surgery and help reduce their chances of needing another one.
Feb 22 Meditation: A Brain Workout (The Epoch Times) Meditation does more than simply increase feelings of calmness and a sense of well-being—it changes the structure of the brain and increases its effectiveness, confirm researchers.
Feb 22 Study finds meditation lowers blood pressure (WLEX-TV) Instead of popping pills, a growing body of research is finding meditation can lower blood pressure.
Feb 21 Inmate meditation group celebrates fourth anniversary (Cibola County Beacon) Learning how to meditate has helped inmates deal with the conflict and stress of everyday life inside the prison.
Feb 21 troubled First Nation looks to meditation (CBC Manitoba) Residents of a Manitoba reserve plagued with solvent abuse and suicide hope East Indian meditation techniques will help them tackle their problems.
Feb 19 Meditation goes to work (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Robert Zeglovitch, an employment attorney at Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis, has been practicing Zen meditation for more than 10 years.
Feb 19 Meditation may cut future heart disease risks (Paktribune) Meditation can help heart health, a study from the Medical College of Georgia shows.
Feb 18 Zen emphasizes meditation, teaches morality (IndyStar.com) Zen is distinguished by its emphasis on meditation, de-emphasis of words and conceptual thought, and its everyday, here-and-now focus.
Feb 15 David Lynch's peace plan (Beliefnet.com) The filmmaker discusses his love for transcendental Meditation.
Feb 14 Group touts meditation as cure for ills of Israeli society. (The Jerusalem Post) For members of the International Meditation Society of Israel, peace in the Middle East is tantalizingly close.
Feb 14 Ancient Buddhist meditation technique may provide perfect arena for interfaith interaction (NorthJersey Media Group) It's harder than it looks. Sitting still, counting exhalations, clearing the mind.
Feb 10 When the bottom line is world peace (The Sydney Morning Herald) An entrepreneur's business plan for saving humanity starts with meditation.
Feb 7 MSU students use yoga, qi gong and meditation to help themselves and others (MSU News) Montana State University counseling students are learning how yoga, qi gong and meditation can help them help others.
Feb 6 Meditation shown to reduce aging (The Harvard Crimson) Study shows meditation to have long-term physical effects.
Feb 2 Moving meditation gets you into the flow (The Vancouver Sun) As the name suggests, it's a flowing set, weaving physical elements from tai chi, qi gong and yoga with the mental discipline of meditation.
Feb 1 Meditation finding converts among Western doctors (National Geographic News) The research is one in a string of studies that suggest some time spent getting in tune with the flow of one's breathing can complement a regimen of pills, diet, and exercise.