Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
In this month's issue, we bring you our usual monthly round-up of the latest international news on meditation. You'll read how meditation is being applied in so many new and interesting contexts, such as in the military, to ease childbirth, to soothe the terminally ill, and to help a paraplegic to return to wholeness.
We also bring you a book review and our usual quote of the month and commentary.
In this issue:
- August courses begin Tuesday August 1
- Meditation in the news
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
- Book of the month
August Courses begin Tuesday August 1
Mindfulness in Daily Life is a guide to bringing more awareness into your everyday activities. The course includes weekly guided meditations, practical exercises to bring more clarity and mindfulness into your daily schedule, a discussion forum, and personal guidance and feedback from Saddhamala, who has a reputation as a gentle and compassionate teacher.
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Meditation in the News
July 27 It's a yoga meditation extravaganza! (Los Alamos Monitor) Simple yoga stretches, meditation and the chanting of simple mantras will be part of the [scholarship fund drive] event.
July 26 Open minds (MetroActive.com) Silicon Valley is home to thousands of people who practice meditation.
July 25 Meditation program helps relieve stress at work (CBS4 Boston) You can't always go for a run or get a massage, but you can immediately start to practice meditation.
July 25 Meditation is not just for monks (Village Soup) It is a way to evoke the relaxation response, strengthen awareness and alleviate depression.
July 24 Modern mom meditation (ModernMom.com) We can all find five minutes in the day to rejuvenate with a quick meditation.
July 24 Power yoga: Corporate commanders get down to the business of meditation (The Province) Yoga isn't something executive headhunter Walter Donald ever sees on resumes.
July 20 How to make meditation work (Hindustan Times) When we sit to meditate, a million distractions come to dissuade us from the effort.
July 20 Ancient exercise (The Courier-Journal) Several groups, including the Health Department, Crane House and the Kentucky Tai Chi Chuan Center, offer the mind-body art, which has become more mainstream in recent years.
July 19 Meditating on suburban life (Connection Newspapers) Meditation has gained popularity because its lessons, particularly in dealing with stress and frustration, are relevant to the mile-a-minute metro-area lifestyle.
July 19 Junior starts UTA meditation club (The Shorthorn) Graphic design junior Amy Riley will be starting a meditation club for UTA students and faculty this fall.
July 17 Calm, centered and ready to have that baby (DailyNews.com) O'Neill developed her Leclaire hypnobirthing method in 1987, using hypnosis and meditation techniques that she'd employed to help cancer patients cope with pain.
July 17 Yoga trend catching on with soldiers (Yahoo! News) The popular classes, based on ancient Hindu practices of meditation through controlled breathing, balancing and stretching, are catching on in military circles as a way to improve flexibility, balance and concentration.
July 15 Serenity: A meditation room lets you put the rest of the world on hold (RedOrbit.com) While meditation won't make problems disappear, it makes them easier to deal with or accept.
July 15 Calming the inner self (The Herald) Meditation is another word for being still and being able to go within and find yourself in that place.
July 14 Everyday ways to lower blood pressure (AskMen.com) Deep breathing, meditation, exercise, and even waxing your car can work.
July 14 World peace bell in Bouddha sparks peace hopes (The Rising Nepal) The echo of the peace bell is believed to have the power to clear away the impediments opening space for peaceful thinking and motivation.
July 13 Nonviolence will prevail, spiritual leader says (InsideBayArea.com) Shankar says yoga, meditation can help eliminate hate at root of attacks in Mumbai.
July 12 Can Christians benefit from Christian meditation? (24-7 Press Release) To many U.S. Christians, the concept of Christian Meditation is often misunderstood.
July 12 Counselor uses Buddhist faith to guide and teach others (Palm Beach Post) Maya Malay started out as a little Presbyterian girl in Falls Church, Va. But life is a long, strange trip, and it steered her toward counseling and helping others in the Buddhist faith.
July 12 How to teach kids sitting meditation (BellaOnline) To introduce children to sitting meditation you are going to be the model to emulate.
July 11 Korean temple bell tolls for meditation (The Vancouver Sun) In Korean Buddhism, the ceremony rids a person of earthly desires and helps prepare for meditation.
July 11 Finding peace in the mind and body (Austin Daily Herald) One of the oldest practices in the world to improving health, self awareness, self awakening and spiritual freedom is meditation.
July 10 Drug's mystical properties confirmed (Washington Post) The study is the first randomized, controlled trial of a substance used for centuries in Mexico and Central America to produce mystical insights.
July 10 30 years of meditation celebrated (Worcester Telegram & Gazette) Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield founded the Insight Meditation Society on Feb. 14, 1976.
July 10 Peaceful places: From out of destruction, serenity (The Journal Times) The Somlais have worked the garden each year along with a host of volunteers, many of whom attend the Original Root Zen Center.
July 8 Best ways to soothe terminally ill studied (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Meditation has long been a source of comfort and clarity for Doris Jean Powers. Now, it's helping the 84-year-old plan for - and even laugh about — death.
July 7 Yoga, visualization restore calm and peace (The Oregonian) I do various types of meditation, one of which is called creative visualization, or active imagination.
July 6 Empowered by faith (Bangkok Post) There seemed to be general agreement at the meeting that, at least at the theological level, physical (and, some would say, mental) disability does not hinder one from following the path towards enlightenment.
July 5 Meditation changed Tihar's face: Kiran Bedi (The Times of India) Meditation was instrumental in bringing a turnaround in hundreds of violence-prone inmates in the Tihar jail, India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi has said.
July 5 Wellness/The mind (The Oregonian) Those who meditate have long believed in its healing power, and now science is adding facts to faith.
July 5 Quiet the mind, heal the body (The Oregonian) Meditation has roots in many religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, Judaism and even sects of Christianity.
July 4 With Nathu La opening, Buddhist monks see prayers answered (newKerala.com) Thirty-nine-year-old Karma Lama, a Buddhist monk, is engrossed in deep meditation inside the Enchey monastery in India's eastern state of Sikkim.
July 3 Step out of the illusion and into Reality (PRWeb) The mind constantly diverts us from being in the very moment - we worry about the past or think about the future. But these are just images and illusions in our mind.
July 3 Right mind (PacketOnLine) Professor of art and master printmaker Wendell Brooks starts with meditation and right thinking.
July 3 Meditation can overcome fear: Expert (Daily Express) Meera, who has been a practitioner and meditation teacher for over 40 years, said people can overcome more than 95 percent of their fears through practising meditation.
July 3 A different perspective (The Clarion-Ledger) Bulldogs try yoga for off-season conditioning.
July 2 Paraplegic chronicles his journey to healing mind-body connection (redOrbit.com) His transformation stretched beyond yoga poses.