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"The Path of Mindfulness and Love" (Suggested donation $90)
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May 1 to 26
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Seven Great Reasons to take a meditation course online:
- Personal attention: In your
online journal you’ll have an ongoing practice discussion
with your teacher, who will give you encouragement and personal
feedback based on many years’ experience of meditation.
- Depth: As you reflect in your
journal, get feedback, and gain new insights, you’ll take your meditation practice to a new level of effectiveness.
- Quality: Access to outstanding
written and audiovisual materials online.
- Support: You’ll benefit from
the discipline of a structured four-week course.
- Convenience: Log on when you
want, fitting classes into your schedule when it’s convenient.
- Flexibility: Download audio
files that will guide you through meditation at any time.
- Availability: There are many
opportunities each year to take a course. See the dates above
Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
In this month's issue, we bring you our usual monthly round-up of the latest international news on meditation -- much of which focuses on meditation as a non-sectarian or secular approach to spirituality and peace. We also feature news of Wildmind's meditation courses, which as an experiment, we are offering this month on a donation basis. Rounding things out are two book reviews -- one on an extraordinary Buddhist teacher and another on meditation for beginners.
In this issue:
- Wildmind courses offered on donation basis
- About Wildmind's online courses
- We want your opinions on future courses
- Meditation in the news
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- Support our translation project
- Two Featured Books of the Month
- Quote of the Month
Wildmind Courses Offered on Donation Basis
As an experiment, we are offering our courses on a donation basis. The suggested donation is $90, which is the amount we need to cover our costs. Your donation primarily goes toward paying the teacher a living wage, as well as other infrastructure costs. If you can't afford that, please pay what you can. Of course, if you can afford more, we'd be truly grateful! You can feel good in knowing that you're helping others gain the benefits of meditation.
To learn more about our courses, and how to sign up, read on...
Our next online meditation courses start Monday, April 3.
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'd like first-hand experience of meditation's powerful potential for reducing stress, staying healthy, and for encouraging conscious relaxation, sign up for one of our convenient online meditation courses.
These four-week courses offer a content-rich and interactive experience, with online readings, guided meditations in MP3 and RealAudio format that you can download to your computer, and a discussion forum to interact with other students. In addition, an online journal gives you a chance to discuss your practice with an experienced teacher, who provides personalized feedback and suggestions. Past students have found this to be the most valuable part of the course. 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 April 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, April 3. Make sure you book your place now.
We want your opinions on future courses
A couple weeks ago, we sent out a survey request asking people to help us shape the future direction of Wildmind's online courses. Over 700 of you have already responded -- thank you very much! We're still accepting responses through March 31, so if you haven't done so already, we'd really appreciate it if you took a couple minutes to give us your opinions.
As an incentive, we're giving everyone who completes the survey a 5% discount off a purchase at our online store. And we'll also enter you into a drawing for one lucky winner to receive a $100 Wildmind gift certificate. We'll announce the winner in the May newsletter.
So please give us a piece of your mind and complete our short survey now!
Meditation in the News
Mar 27 Real-life role models: moving meditation (The Albuquerque tribune) Tai chi keeps 88-year-old Rick Cramer healthy, alert and active in the community as he teaches the martial art to others.
Mar 27 Meditation and secular spirituality (Bella Online) Secular meditation can be practiced without interfering with one's belief system.
Mar 24 The divine within (Southern Voice) Meditation breaks through thoughts and pattern, and opens up new things.
Mar 24 Meditation for people on the go (Mathaba News Network) Effectively learn the methods of meditation before you attempt to meditate in unusual surroundings.
Mar 24 All you need is ten seconds a day to find peace and serenity (PR Web) Meditation Master, Jeffery Beach, shares secrets to peace of mind any time, any place, in Ten Seconds to Peace: An Everyday Approach to Mindful Living.
Mar 24 RSO Spotlight: Students International Meditation Society (Daily Vidette) The RSO puts on presentations at the meetings to help members understand meditation and work it into their lives.
Mar 21 'Building a Noble World' unleashes the power of meditation to end terror (PR Web) The book offers practical spirituality for solving problems at personal and global levels.
Mar 21 Meditation Balances the Body's Systems (Web MD) The mind, heart, and body can improve with regular meditation.
Mar 20 Indie travel Notebook: Buddhist Meditation in Thailand (Yahoo! News travel) Allow yourself to wander away from the wats and see how normal Thais practice their Buddhism.
Mar 20 Yoga teacher launches "Start meditation, stop smoking" program (PR Web) New multi-media PDF ebook makes it possible for people to practice meditation at home and break their smoking habit in a natural and permanent way.
Mar 19 Stressed executives opt for sleep-inducing pills (The Hindu) Meditation eases the mind and helps people sleep better.
Mar 19 It's elementary (News.com.au) Meditation focusing on the elements is practised in traditions as diverse as Buddhism, Taoist meditation, Quigong and Ayurveda.
Mar 17 Join a 'moving meditation' (Statesman Journal) Freestyle dance gatherings are about personal expression.
Mar 15 Secrets of meditation (Saga Health) It's simple, it's free and practising it for a few minutes each day can have a real effect on your mental and physical wellbeing.
Mar 14 Staying cool when things get tense (Psychology Today) In the longer term, anxiety-reducing habits such as Pilates, listening to classical music, meditation, running or cooking also help.
Mar 14 Far out, man. but is it quantum physics? (The New York Times) Have science and spirituality tied the knot?
Mar 11 Meditating Nepalese teenager goes missing (The Sydney Morning Herald) A teenage boy in Nepal whose followers believe is the reincarnation of Buddha has suddenly gone missing after 10 months of meditation.
Mar 10 Harvard's crowded course to happiness (The Boston Globe) Studies show that optimism is a skill that can be taught and learned
Mar 10 Meditation helps control mind and soul (OhmyNews.com) Meditation comes in diverse forms and has been shown to enhance one's physical, psychological, and emotional well-being.
Mar 9 Hurry up -- and meditate (The Boston Globe) A Newmarket Buddhist wants to help people hurry up and relax through a CD called "Guided Meditations for Busy People".
Mar 9 Meditation group is present, not tense (The Upper Cape Codder) Those wishing to practice meditation with the Cape Sangha don't have to switch religions, pay dues or study esoteric teachings.
Mar 8 Peace and punishment (Riverfront Times) St. Louis judges turn to transcendental Meditation to rehab convicted felons.
Mar 7 Hi, anxiety (The Kansas City Star) Chicagoan Heather Parish, a consultant to nonprofit organizations, says she controls worrying through meditation.
Mar 6 Wellness program teaches relaxation techniques (Georgetown University Blue & Gray) There are little things people do every day to put themselves in a meditative state, perhaps without even realizing it.
Mar 6 Medical: ADHD meditation (WJLA-TV) There's a solution for treating your child's ADHD that doesn't involve drugs.
Mar 6 Lifestyle choices help control arthritis pain (eMaxHealth.com) Meditation, prayer and guided imagery are some ways people calm their minds.
Mar 4 Monk fills his days with meditation, teaching (The Muskegon Chronicle) The words "Buddhist monk" evoke images of old men living in monasteries and spending their days chanting.
Mar 4 Create a Loving Society One Person at a Time (PRWeb.com) There is a volunteer movement underway to heal society one person at a time through the practices of an ancient Korean program called Dahn Yoga.
Mar 2 The Pursuit of Self-Storage Nirvana (insideselfstorage.com) From an initial association in transcendental meditation (TM) to their ongoing partnership in self-storage and real estate, Jeff Quinn and Ken Weiner are living proof you can combine operation of a thriving company with a higher purpose in life.