Quote of the Week

“As a society, we are much more open about our mental health than ever before, but the modern world has brought new pressures for children, while potentially making others worse.”

— U.K. Education Secretary Damian Hinds
(Article #3)

February 9, 2019
(Week 6)

This Week’s Highlights:

  • Calm makes history as the first meditation company valued at $1Billion...
  • The Shambhala Report is (finally) published...
  • UK launches national mindfulness experiment in over 300 schools...
  • Profile of American Buddhist (and MPro Hero) Robert Thurman...

Stay Tuned as we continue to track the top stories impacting the World of Meditation..!

Kalu Ali, Publisher
kalu@meditationpronews.com

-- This Week's Top10 --

#10 : Go Ascetic, In Luxury…

Hosted by monks and nuns from Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery, the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai offers weekend mindfulness retreats that blend simplicity and luxury in an oddly sacred way…

#9 : Wisdom In The Midst Of Uncertainty…

Neil Seligman, aka “The Conscious Professional” draws upon Jon Kabat-Zinn’s eight Attitudes of Mindfulness to help the UK, EU and the rest of us cope with a potential hurricane of Brexit uncertainty…

#8 : Oh, The Places You’ll Go,
And The Things You’ll See..

TRIPPY..!! On Feb-28, the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre is hosting a world’s first – a group meditation inside it’s planetarium…
And since “it” is legal in Canada, we expect a wave of MUI (meditating under the influence) practitioners flocking to the event…!

#7 : Now THAT’S A Concert…

Sound therapy just got a MAJOR endorsement as super-sonic group Sigur Ros hosted Liminal – a concert series that reworks the band’s signature sound into “…a format that suits it perfectly: horizontal listening.”

#6 : When Nature Calls…

For those who enjoy communing with nature, these ten nature-based retreat centers throughout British Columbia (Canada) are waiting for you..!

#5 : Dip Your Toe In…

C’mon… We know you’re curious..! That’s why we’re connecting you to another in-depth review on Floatation Therapy. This time, the experience takes place at Float On located in Portland, OR

#4 : An MPro Hero..!

Robert Thurman – who can dial up the Dalai Lama just as easily as calling George Lucas – is an American icon of the first degree. So, take time to read about his career as reported by Buddhism’s premiere magazine Lion’s Roar…

#3 : UK Goes All-In On Mindfulness…

Hooray for the UK..! Utilizing a healthy dose of mindfulness, up to 370 schools will participate in one of the largest trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and well-being…

Be sure to read the original announcement at UK.GOV as well as an account of the initiative as reported by the New York Times

#2 : Shambhala Report is (Finally) Published…

Shortly after announcing its dissolution, the Interim Board of Shambhala has released its investigative findings into allegations of sexual misconduct by leader Sakyong Mipham…

#1 : Take That, Headspace..!

Calm strikes a MAJOR blow against “frenemy” Headspace by securing a new round of funding from A-list venture capitalists. The company now joins a rare group of tech startups called “unicorns” that are valued at $1Billion or more…

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is so big, we’re providing links to TechCrunch (below) as well as CNBC and BBC News

A Parting Thought

“Twenty-one months ago there were nine of us in a one-bed apartment – now we’re the world’s first first mental health unicorn”

— Michael Acton Smith