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Issue 11, Week of November 19 

This Week's Goods...

The Mindful Goods wishes all who celebrate a happy and joyful Thanksgiving. 
We'll be back with the next issue the week of Dec 4.  

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Bullied at work? You're not alone. "In the U.S., an estimated 37 per cent of workers, or about 54 million people, have been bullied at the office. Of these, 45 per cent suffer stress-related health problems." Researchers from the Sauder School of Business found that taking part in a 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge "reduces negative workplace behaviours such as bullying, rudeness, being hurtful to others and trying to embarrass colleagues." Pre-and post surveys and were conducted with 549 employees at two workplaces in June and July, 2017. Business Insider

On the Slopes.  After mindful running, it's only natural that mindful skiing would be up next.  This article presents a bunch of options in Canada and the US, such as a 3 day "Mind with Matter" ski workshop or a session called "Zen and the Art of Mountain Maintenance". One teacher "encourages skiers to release outside concerns, immersing themselves in their day on slopes or cross-country trails."  Another focuses on using mindfulness to help with "speed control, skiing trees, conquering steeps and overcoming fear of heights." And finally for the passionate among us, a third says "the magic about mindful skiing is that you learn to take fear as your lover." The Globe and Mail
 
Can Catholics Meditate?  Not as in 'is it possible?' but as in 'is it ok?' A new book - A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness - offers some guidance. It addresses questions such as: "Is it okay for a Catholic to use this just to focus on daily life? Can it (mindfulness) be incorporated into a Catholic's prayer and spiritual life?" According to the author, Susan Brinkmann: "There are many surprises in this book, but what will probably be the most startling revelation is about the little-known alternative to mindfulness that has been buried in the mystical tradition of our Church for hundreds of years."  Standard Newswire

Your Robot Guru?  Would you want to learn meditation from a robot? Supposedly there's no judgment... like, really, no human judgement. That's one of the benefits according to this Forbes interview with Liza Lichtinger, who looks at how AI can be used to maximize human health and potential. Her goal is to "design AI for the long-term benefits of people’s health" and to merge the spiritual and emotional with the technical. Forbes

Breath and the Brain. Feeling stressed? Taking a deep breath may sound cliche, but the way we breathe can change our brains. Unlike other animals, we humans can control our breathing or give it focused attention to our own benefit. The study mentioned here shows that "exercises involving volitional breathing appear to alter the connectivity between parts of the brain and allow access to internal sites that normally are inaccessible to us." Quartz

Guided in Prison. A NY court has ruled that a prisoner may be entitled to his stuffed animals because they offer him "spiritual guidance" and he “cannot do any meaningful meditation” without them. The prisoner, Christopher Grief. claimed violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. ABA Journal

Reflections...

"Being sensitive to other people's pain is painful. To this day, I remember tears streaming down my college-aged face as I read about sexual violence perpetrated against Muslim women in the Bosnian war." The Mindful Goods

Something to Take Forward...

"I cannot see the people I love as I write this, but I can sense their pull, and I act as I do because of their existence. An invisible mass alters the orbit of a comet, dark energy affects the acceleration of a supernova, the earth's magnetic field tugs on birds, butterflies, sea turtles and the compasses of mariners. The whole realm of the visible is compelled by the invisible. Our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, our universe: all of it, all of us, are pushed, pulled, spun, shifted, set in motion and held together by what we cannot see." Kathryn Schulz

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