Issue 1, Week of September 10

This Week's Goods...

Putting Down that Drink. For any of us who knows someone who drinks too much (ie, almost all of us?), here's some encouraging news: just 11 minutes of mindfulness a day can reduce alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers. Wired

Training Police to Breathe. When stories of police brutality hit the headlines, we wonder if stillness and compassion training might be a good response. The National Institute of Health must be thinking the same, with this $379,500 grant. According to the grant, (and I quote directly) "the New Age meditation technique could be used to prevent cops from shooting unarmed black men." Washington Free Beacon

Mindful on Campus. Ever wish you went to college in the era of yoga and not step aerobics?  Now, the meditation app Calm is bringing some of that loving kindness to seven college campuses, with plans to expand internationally. "So far, over 100 colleges are currently involved in the onboarding process to participate in Calm College, with seven schools leading the initial launch this Fall semester. (Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, NYU)." Business Wire

An App for You. Calm? Headspace? Breath?  What's right for you?  This article offers short, concise reviews of 7 different meditation apps. Coach

In case you missed it...

Book sales may be down, but not in the spirit/self-help section where a mega-trend pushes forward. One buyer says the “mindfulness mega-trend... broke down the barriers between self-help and mind, body, spirit”.
The Guardian

A personal reflection...

We’ve all heard about imposter syndrome — feeling unqualified to do what you’re doing even though you have the experience and skills or doubting you deserve the positive feedback you get. In sum: I’m pretty much a fraud, aren’t I? The Mindful Goods

Something to take forward... 

"I would say that the thrust of my life has been initially about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. Then I am arriving at that circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn't create more suffering." Ram Dass

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