MeditationProNews (“MProNews”) is a weekly newsletter that explores the People, Places, Events and Trends affecting the World of Meditation and Mindfulness…

Quote of the Week

“Meditation enables us to step back and seek connection with one’s self and with one’s ultimate reality, which is God…  It’s a deeply spiritual path.”

— Joe Phelps
(Article #XOXO)

March 2, 2019

This Week’s Highlights:

  • Learn more about the Calm School Initiative...
  • Christianity and Meditation - A Heavenly blend...
  • Meditation is NO excuse for rude behavior...
  • Join the mob... But only at 3pm..!

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 : Hey Kid, Over Here…
You Wanna Taste..?

In our humble opinion, Calm is following the Steve Jobs strategic playbook by actively courting the education market…
So, checkout how Calm is going ‘head-to-head’ (pun intended) against Headspace in this interview with Tamara Levitt, Calm’s “Head of Mindfulness”…

# 9 : Get Some Wisdom This Weekend…

The Wisdom 2.0 Conference featuring speakers like Jack Kornfield and Michael Pollan is going down this weekend (March 1-3) at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco…

#8 : Don’t Bother Me,
‘Cause I’m Enlightened..!

Here is a perfect example of of person who just doesn’t “get it”..!

Steph Athanasopoulos was practicing Transcendental Meditation while riding a public train. When the conductor came by and asked for her ticket, Steph literally IGNORED the conductor and made the lady wait six minutes until Steph’s meditation timer went off.

Kudos to the conductor who was mindful enough to wait through this display of arrogance without escalating the situation further..!

#7 : Come Together…
Right Now…
At 3pm..!

Tech startup Fictive Kin wants to create a daily “meditation mob”… Their app, named Tap In, will prompt users everyday at 3pm Eastern Standard Time for a 10-minute group meditation session led by a teacher. The app is designed to touch upon current events (for example: International Womens Day) and will also allow users to write a note at the end of each session.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  For those who use Insight Timer, this type of group meditation is already very familiar since members of various I.T. groups have been synchronizing their meditations for years.

#6 : Meditation and Christianity,
A Heavenly Combination…

Recently, meditation has been attacked as being a ‘indoctrination tool’ for Buddhism (Heaven forbid..!!)
So, it’s nice to see Christian news website ‘Baptist News Global’ interviewing retired preacher Joe Phelps who integrates meditation with his deep-seated Christianity and leads the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky…

#5 : It’s Not All That Bad…
(Is It..?)

Mnindful contributor Shelly Tygielski talks you down from the ledge as we all trudge through our current era of challenging world events…

#4 : The Doctor Is In…

Hmmm… Would you want a slightly snarky chatbot with a penchant for Millenial-lingo helping YOU through your mental and emotional challenges…?

You would..??? Er… OK… Then “Woebot” is the virtual therapist for you..! Woebot is free and available on the iPhone, iPad and Android.

(Just be sure to check in with a real human from time to time…)

#3 : The Future is NOW…

This excellent article by ‘Best in Australia’ points to a future where physical universities no longer exist and (surprise!) educators will stop focusing on cramming facts & figures into each student’s head…

Rather, the focus will shift to mental health and mindfulness throughout the entire learning process…

#2 : Never The Same Way Twice…

Interesting… A study of 400+ university students concluded that meditation was effective against student anxiety.

However, researchers also concluded that performing the same meditation exercise… day after day… week afer week… caused 80% of participants to drop-out at the one-year mark.

#1 : Elevate… And Evolve..!

Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, a Mind-Body Medicine Physician at Harvard University, is one of our personal heroes..!
It’s a joy to share her short but insightful article for Thrive Global that enumerates several clinical studies suggesting that your genes can be influenced (and improved) by practicing meditation…

A Parting Thought

“Science and mindfulness complement each other in helping people to eat well and maintain their health and well-being.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh