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 –

“Through our movement, we want to create a healthy, spiritual India on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence.”

— Madhavi Datharika,
National General Secretary of the Pyramid Party of India

(See Story #9)

April 13, 2019

This week…  We light a candle and say a prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama who was hospitalized with a chest infection (Story #1).  Fortunately, he’s doing much better…

Here’s a few additional stories that made our Top10…

  • (Story #2) Imagine being addicted to opioids for years. Now imagine being addicted AND pregnant..! What could help you through that kind of life journey..?
  • (Story #9) Every country has their 'fringe' political groups. But, the Pyramid Party seems to be the funnest one to join..!
  • (Story #8) Try this simple hack to reduce your smartphone addiction...
  • (Story #5) If you have a subscription the the UK Times, then you can access a really cool story about Light Watkins, the meditation teacher that Meghan Markle adores...

I hope you enjoy this week’s news… 

Feel free to share your opinion about any story and Stay Tuned as we continue to explore the World of Meditation together..!

 

Kalu Ali, Publisher
kalu@meditationpronews.com

-- This Week's Top10 --

The Pen
(and a Clear Mind)
is Mightier Than the Sword...

A quick profile of 38-year old Amy Perez. She is the Director of Mindfulness at Mighty Writers – a non-profit whose mission is to teach children to think clearly and write with clarity.

Power to the People
(and Pyramids...)

If you thought Bernie Sanders was ‘out there’, then take a look at this..! Vice News profiles the Pyramid Party of India. A political movement led by 72-year old Subhash Patri which is based solely on three ideas: Meditation, Veganism and the power of the Pyramid. You may smirk, but don’t dismiss them yet… The movement has already built 20,000 pyramids throughout the country, established 10,000 meditation centers and claims to have an army of 1,44,000 ‘meditation masters’ to help get the vote out.

Lord of the Ring(tones)

OK… I admit that I sometimes call my phone “My Precious”…

But if you have a REAL gollum-like fixation on that shiny tech in your hand, then try this technique to tone down its addiction-like attraction.

A Paradox
of Consciousness...

Jason N. Linder, LMFT explores the concept of “Habit Energy”.

He draws upon the writings of Thich Naht Hanh who noticed that Americans have a lot of this energy, but seem totally unaware of its presence…

If Only this Was True
for ALL Our Leaders...

Dr. James Donald is a lecturer at the University of Sydney (Australia) School of Business and recently lead a meta-analysis of 31 mindfulness studies the link between mindfulness and altruistic helping behaviors.

As a follow-up to that meta-study, Dr. Donald sums up his findings for the Sydney Morning Herald and points to three fundamental attributes that all mindful leaders share…

A 'Royal' Guru...

Before Meghan Markle became Duchess of Sussex, she was simply “Meg from the Med” (as in, “meditation studio”)…

So, its fitting that The UK Times profiles Light Watkins, the man who Meghan refers to as her meditation guru.

Tips for Trauma-Informed Teaching...

In an earlier article (see below), clinical psychologist Sam Himelstein argued persuasively that blindly teaching Mindfulness in the classroom – especially to at-risk youth – is often a recipe for disaster.

In a follow-up article, Mr. Himelstein lays out nine guidelines to help mindfulness teachers deliver practices while staying fully aware of any potential trauma hiding within the student.

What's YOUR Impermanence..?

Time to put your thinking cap on..!

Because Norman Fischer, founder the the Everyday Zen Foundation, pens an excellent but ‘beefy’ essay about the nature of Impermanence and its bedrock importance in Buddhism.

Citing no less than the great Buddhist master Dogen, Norman asserts that most people view Impermanence as a ‘bad’ thing. But, its critical to realize that Impermanence implies BOTH loss and renewal…

For those so inclined, I recommend setting aside extra time ‘digest’ Mr. Fischer’s words and ideas. It’s a mental meal worth savoring..!

From Opioids to Purpose...

This is a SOBERING story (with a happy ending) about Kelliann O’Hare and the MATER (Maternal Addiction Treatment Education & Research) program at Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA).

Battling her opioid addiction since high-school, Kelliann sought help from MATER when (at age 33), she was abusing while pregnant with her second child.

Not only did Kelliann make it through the MATER program, but she enrolled a second time and ultimately became a Lead Patient Navigator to help guide other women through the program.

Light a Candle,
Say a Prayer...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to His Holiness as he spends a few days in the hospital for a chest infection…

A Parting Thought

“For Dogen, impermanence isn’t a problem to be overcome with diligent effort on the path. Impermanence is the path. Practice isn’t the way to cope with or overcome impermanence. It is the way to fully appreciate and live it.”

— Norman Fischer, Founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation