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 – Quote of the Week –

“The word ‘nimitta’ means a “sign” or even a “hint.” When one of these experiences arises, then it’s an indication that your practice is going deeper.”

— Bodhipaksa, owner of WildMind.org

(Story #2)

May 4, 2019

This week, Bodhipaksa pens an EXCELLENT primer on an little-known phenomena that you may have experienced while meditating (Story #2)…

Also, the book Power and Care featuring conversations between H.H. the Dalai Lama and prominent neuroscientists is scheduled for publication (Story #1)…

Here are a few other stories that made the list:

  • (Story #8) - Learn the origin story behind that meditation emoji on your smartphone...
  • (Story #6) - 'Battle Notes' on integrating Mindfulness in the classroom
  • (Story #5) - Jeena Cho gets personal about her struggle with anxiety...
  • (Story #3) - Podcast interview with Richard Pierson, co-founder of Headspace...

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 --

Rock Me, Baby..!

Got a moment…? If you do, then the Moment Pebble wants you to meditate…

A Kickstarter invention that’s already raised $50k+, the device, that actually looks and feels like a pebble, will glow randomly throughout the day. What you do next is up to you..!

A Rose By A Different Name...

The New York Times explores a concept among Dutch-speaking people called ‘niksen’ which basically means ‘to do nothing’…

Very similar to the Zen concept of Zazen, niksen invites you to sit in idleness and give yourself permission to just be. The only (slight) difference between the two is that Zazen encourages focus on the breath during sitting while niksen allows the mind to wander without limit…

Potatoes, ‘Potaatoes’… In our humble opinion, it doesn’t matter which one you do… Just make some time to do it..!

LOL... 😉

This is a cute story of how Mark Bramhill, a rodio and podcast producer in Seattle, WA became the unlikely champion of digital meditators worldwide…

A Visit Back Home...

The Badger Herald, a local newspaper for the University of Wisconsin covers a recent talk given by Richard Dawson, founder and director of the UW Center for Healthy Minds…

Notes From the Front-Line...

Erica Kosal, professor at North Carolina Wesleyan College, shares her front-line experience forming a mindfulness group with her fellow teachers and introducing mindfulness techniques (like Columbian hypnosis and Mindful Writing) to her students.

Ms. Kosal notes two important results: This first was that faculty viewed their teaching more positively, and second, that students responded (over time) to teacher-led mindfulness activities.

It’s important to note that students responded best to a variety of exercises vs. being stuck with only one…

A Personal Journey
A Professional Triumph...

Our favorite mindful lawyer, Jeena Cho, pens an essay on how stress and anxiety affected both her personal and professional life…

By paying attention to each moment within this ‘anxiety cycle’, Jeena was able to interrupt the flow of negativity and devise more self-affirming reactions to her stress.

Plant a Seed,
Water With Tears...

This bittersweet story is all about turning tragedy into a ‘teachable moment’…

In July 2017, yoga teacher Justine Ruszczyk Damond was shot and killed by policman Mohamed Noor – an incident that captured the nation’s attention.

Two years later, Justine’s fiance Don Damond is now helping to facilitate the first ever mindfulness training for Minneapolis’ police force.

With the help of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community – of which Justine was a member – we at MProNews pray that everyone gains some solace and healing through the process…

An MPro-2-Know...

Andy Puddicombe is the ‘face’ of meditation app company Headspace…

So, it’s nice to hear from Richard Pierson, the OTHER co-founder of Headspace as he gives a 30-minute interview to Monocle magazine.

FUN FACT: Richard was the one to suggest that Headspace should be an app… An idea that Andy P. shot down due to meditation’s long-standing tradition of person-to-person training.

A Deeper Sense...

Leave it to Bodhipaksa to go DEEP into the phenomena of ‘nimittas’… A Buddhist term describing certain unusual phenomena that may occur in the middle of a meditation practice…

Examples include: flashing lights (when your eyes are closed) as well as hearing your breathing – but only in your mind. ‘Bodhi’ explains how to differentiate this exceptional phenomena from other distraction-based sensations.

‘Bodhi’ then goes on to explain how nimittas are actually a good sign that indicates your practice has deepened…

A (Powerful) Case for Caring...

Next week, the book “Power and Care: Toward Balance for Our Common Future―Science, Society, and Spirituality” will be released…

In advance of its publication, The Great Good Science Center publishes its (very positive) review capturing the essence of conversations between several prominent researchers and H.H. the Dalai Lama…

A Parting Thought

“I would contend that the attentional deficit in this country actually exceeds fiscal deficit, but this is something that we can actually do something about…”

— Richard Davidson, Founder/Director Univ. of Wisconsin Center for Healthy Minds

(Story #7)