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Issue 14, Week of December 17th 

This Week's Goods...

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"Recently, I was at a conference where Dr. Dan Siegel said that 'consciousness is necessary for change.'  We are in a time of a gigantic shift in humanity and policing." Officer Jon Carson on Becoming a Mindful Cop

What's New...

Not Your Father’s Pakistan. Pakistan in a meditation boom? That’s not what we hear about in the media. But apparently it’s a phenomenon on the rise.  “Today, meditation has become hugely popular in Pakistan. At present, there are almost 60 meditation halls that have been set up by the Azeemi Sufi order. Each Thursday and Friday, meditation is performed in these halls where men, women, and children participate in large numbers." Asia Times

Currently Searching. We've reported on Current Meditation's plans for massive expansion before (175 studios in 3 years), as well as their link with Massage Envy.  In this PR Release, they're announcing a search "for a strategic investment partner to capitalize on the exploding meditation and mindfulness movement." PR Newswire

Want a degree? "The University of Massachusetts Medical School announced last week that the department is now home to 'what is believed to be the first-of-its-kind academic division focused on the study of mindfulness'.” Tricycle

A Business Case Study. One wouldn't hear Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and immediately think franchise but this article makes an interesting case. "McDonald’s hamburgers and french fries are predictably the same whether one is eating them in Dubai or in Dubuque, Iowa. Similarly, there is little variation in the content, structuring and curriculum of MBSR courses across the world." Interesting info in here, especially for people thinking of joining the newly established International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Huffington Post

Who's meditating...?

The US Department of Homeland Security.  "According to public documents from earlier this year, the department is seeking a contractor to teach a variety of courses, from two-hour introductions to eight-week classes, to help 'enhance psychological health and resilience,' as well as develop compassion and leadership skills." The Verge
 

Who's not that into it...?

Bethesda.  Studio Just Meditate is set to close. The owner said "she thought she was 'a little too far ahead of the curve' and that the Washington, D.C., area was not as quick to pick up on meditation as she hoped." Bethesda Magazine

What's up in tech...

Yes, You Too Will Die. And there’s an app to remind you of that. Five times a day. It’s called WeCroak. Rather than being morbid, it wants you to stay focused on what really matters in life: that time is short.  The Atlantic

Millennial Shine. “On Dec. 6, Shine, a year-old millennial-geared service that texts users daily tips “to help you thrive,” debuted a new app that offers a library of audio ‘Mindful Moments’ that focus on topics like ‘Ditching a Toxic Friend’ and ‘Slaying Your Workday’.”  am New York

On the bookshelf...

Just sit. "An informative, playfully illustrated, and easy-to-use meditation guidebook that helps even the busiest—and most skeptical—would-be meditators embrace meditation and incorporate the practice into their daily lifestyle." Just Sit . More info: Barrons

Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience "In this book, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—close friends, continuing an ongoing dialogue—offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity." Beyond the Self. More info: The Atlantic

Something to take forward... 
 

"You can be on the cusp of something. Appreciate the cusp, not the something." Ernest Holmes