Got Credentials? You may soon need them if you want to teach mindfulness in some locales. The International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) is now a real thing. The IMTA is setting standards and offering certifications for both teachers and organizations that meet their criteria. From their website: The IMTA's vision is to be the leading guiding professional association for the mindfulness field. Tricycle
Mobile Meditation in the City. It was only a matter of time: the meditation RV parked next to the taco truck. New Yorkers who happen upon the soundproof oasis can grab their respite for $10 per 10 minutes. The Calm City website perfectly captures the NYC vibe: Chill delivered in just 10 minutes. CBS New York
Find Your Terminal. Why wait at the gate? Yoga on the Fly is set to open its first studio in Denver International Airport, with a range of meditation and yoga classes. Additional airports to be announced in 2018. Sporteluxe
A Light in the Opioid Tunnel. An integrated (that is, holistic) program offered by managed care org, Kaiser Permanent, is seeing successes in treating addiction to pain meds. A key seems to be gradually reducing dependency while introducing a range of therapies and complementary treatments, like exercise, meditation, acupuncture and mindfulness. “We've seen great success with these models that are integrating complementary therapy, physical therapy, behavioral health, and medical care," says the director of a California program similar to Kaiser's. Colorado Public Radio
Meditation Disco. Um... ok, we're game. Here's a firsthand account of the UK's Shavasana Disco, which recently offered traditional meditation followed by deep listening to Radiohead's The Bends album in its entirety. We're not sure when Radiohead became disco, but no doubt that full, attentive listening to our favorite music can offer a unique experience. Extra bonus: these meditations take place where the original album was recorded. Metro UK
The Dark Side. Is there a dark side to meditation? This article lays out what could go wrong: psychotic breaks, increased anxiety, too much quality time with our personal demons. The claim is that meditation is not for everyone, and needs to be approached at the right time with the proper guidance. Their final summary, if mediation isn't your thing, try "20 minutes of gardening." However, worth remembering (though not mentioned in the article) is that pretty much like everything, we get better at meditation over time. The Daily Mail
Stressed and Guilty. Hmmm, that's not what we'd hope for. After a week of meditation (again not such a long time), this new meditator and app user felt more stressed, and also guilty for not using her apps and/or not feeling relief when she did. Like the article above, her account begs the question, is a tailored approach the best one? An app alone may not be enough for some people, who could really benefit from a group setting and/or proper guidance. The Independent
Ms. Salzburg is a world-renowned teacher and author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.
"To me, living mindfully is living inside the space of what actually is, instead of what we think it should be. It took me years of pain to learn this."
Actress and yoga teacher Rachel Darden Bennett shares how a therapist guided her toward meditation when her mother's mind began to slip away. The Mindful Goods
"People have already had to rethink so many concepts of motion; and they will also gradually come to realize that what we call fate does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from us." Rainer Maria Rilke
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