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 –

“They talk about Post Traumatic Stress… but in some communities in Baltimore and hoods worldwide, it’s not post-traumatic — It’s (now) traumatic stress that they’re living in.”

— Atman Smith, Founder of the Holistic Life Foundation
(Story #8)

May 25, 2019

This week, Ronald Purser pens a SCATHING attack on Jon Kabat-Zinn and others who – in his opinion – have led the Mindfulness movement astray (Story #1)…

Other stories that made it into the #Top10 include :

  • (Story #8) -- A profile of Atman and Ali Smith, two brothers on the frontlines of mindfulness in Baltimor's inner-city classrooms...
  • (Story #5) -- eMindful put out a challenge, and users responded with lots of $$$$...
  • (Story #3) -- Making America 'Mindful' Again starts in Flint, Michigan...
  • (Story #2) -- An ex-TM teacher in Ireland gets jail-time for sexually assaulting a minor...

I hope you enjoy this week’s news.  Feel free to email me and share your opinion about any story…

And Stay Tuned as we continue to explore the World of Meditation together..!

 

Kalu Ali Miah
kalu@meditationpronews.com

-- This Week's Top10 --

Digital Diversity

Liberate Meditation announces the launch of a new app featuring eatures dharma talks and guided meditations by Buddhist teachers of color, like Ruth King, Gina Sharpe, and Mushim Patricia Ikeda…

Meditation For The Win..!

As India’s national elections concluded this past weekend, PM Narendra Modi (who won in a landslide) decided to abandon the campaign trail in order to meditate at the Rudra Meditation Cave near Kedarnath Temple…

Despite some criticism, the PM’s visit spurred many news outlets to spotlight the cave itself as a new tourist destination…

Inner-City Peace

ABC News local affiliate KIII.TV profiles Ali and Atman Smith – two brothers who’s Holistic Life Foundation delivers mindfulness programming to over 4,000 schools throughout Baltimore, MD…

Wanna Get Away..?

Now that Spring has (finally) arrived to NorthEast USA, the meditation retreat season has officially started…

So, New York Upstate magazine gives a detailed rundown of ALL the major places to get your Zen on…

A Guide to 'Right Speech'

Times of Israel profiles Oren Jay Sofer as he promotes his new book “Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication”…

A Good Cause, Done Well...

Meditation tech company eMindful reports the results of the “One Percent Challenge” which raised $370k+ by asking users to meditate for at least 14 minutes/day…

I'm Just a Bill...
Yeah, I'm Only a Bill...

Sponsored by Conor Lamb and Tim Ryan, The U.S. House of Representatives approves a bill that moves forward the possible use of meditation as a mental-health alternative for veterans…

Make America
Mindful Again

The Mindful Cities Initiative just completed groundbreaking on a program in Flint, Michigan.

In a partnership with the Cris Fitness Foundation and Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, over 100 civic leaders were introduced to mindfulness-based training that encourages collaboration and innovative leadership…

Another Sad Story

It’s somewhat depressing to deliver news of yet another meditation teacher sexually abusing a student… But the truth – no matter how painful – must be known…

In Ireland, A judge has sentenced Bernard Ward to 3.5 years of prison time for abusing his position of trust.

Ward, now an elderly grandfather, was accused of sexually assaulting an underaged boy between 1974-1977 while serving as a Transcendental Meditation teacher.

Full of Sound and Fury

Hot D@mn..!! Ronald Purser, host of the Mindful Cranks Podcast and author of ‘McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality’ is full of righteous anger…

In this article for Resilience, Robert targets no less than Jon Kabat-Zinn and other “cheerleaders of the mindfulness revolution” who’s focus on individual development have turned mindfulness into a capitalist free-for-all.

This in turn, has shifted much-needed attention away from many systemic/societal problems that are causing widespread suffering in the first place.

A Parting Thought

“Judge Elma Sheahan said (Barnard) Ward’s inability to accept the jury verdict and show any remorse indicated a complete lack of insight on his part.”

— Article: “Former meditation teacher jailed for sexual attacks on child” by The Irish Times (Ireland)
(Story #2)