McMeditation. Don't get us wrong, we see the benefit of franchising meditation, but no doubt the critics will jump all over this. Here's some more info about Phoenix based Current Meditation's plans to launch 175 meditation franchises over the next three years. CEO Ross Weisman (who has also been involved in franchising European Wax Center and Massage Envy) says of his current location, “It’s been very exciting over the past several months. We’ve had over 13,000 people come through the studio, which has exceeded our expectation.” Next stop: New Jersey. Cronkite News (Arizona)
Applying a Mindfulness Lens. These days, Jon Kabat-Zinn and mindfulness go together like peanut butter and jelly. In this profile, he's referred to as the "the godfather of modern mindfulness." An interesting takeaway: "to insist mindfulness meditation is Buddhist is like saying gravity is English because it was identified by Sir Isaac Newton." Kabat-Zinn also addresses how mindfulness could have, for example, prevented the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, which killed 80 people. The Guardian
Feeling the Burn. How long can you hold an ice cube? How long can you hold a painful emotion? And are the two related? A new program in Iowa directed at people who have committed acts of domestic violence makes the link. The 24-week course called ACTV: Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior focuses on an individual's emotions and responses, and is an update from a former training, which focused more on the social causes of abuse. While more research is needed, so far results look good: compared with the controls, "the ACTV participants had about half the rate of new domestic violence arrests: 3.6 percent vs. 7 percent - and they were about a third less likely to commit any new offense." NPR
Better Than Gardening. The BBC program Trust Me, I'm a Doctor put meditation to the test. "68 people were recruited, a third of whom met together every Saturday for group gardening and conservation activities, another group tried weekly yoga sessions, while the final group practiced 10 minutes of meditation practice each day." All interventions had a positive effect (if the participant actually enjoyed the intervention), but the meditators won out. UK Telegraph
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"A famous Sufi mystic, Rabiya, was searching for something on the street outsider her small hut. The sun was setting and darkness was descending, as few people gathered around her. "What have you lost? What are you searching for? Perhaps we can help," they said to Rabiya.
Rabiya said, "I have lost my needle."
One amongst the people said, "Well, the sun is setting now and it will be very difficult to find the needle. Where has it fallen? That'll help us narrow down the area on this big road. If we know the exact place, it will be easier to find it."
Rabiya told them, "It is better not to ask me that question -- because, actually, it has not fallen on the road at all. It has fallen inside my house."
Everyone started giggling as if she was joking. Then a skeptic says out loud, "We always knew that you were a little insane! If the needle has fallen inside the house, then why are you searching for it on the road?"
"For a very simple reason: inside the house there is no light and on the outside a little light is still there," Rabiya replied.
The people laughed and started dispersing. Rabiya called them back and said, "Listen! That’s exactly what you are doing: I was just following your example. You go on seeking bliss in the outside world without asking the most fundamental question: where exactly have I lost it?"
After a pause, she continues, "You have lost it inside, and yet you are looking for it on the outside for the very same reason -- your senses are outward bound, your ears hear sounds on the outside, your hands touch things on the outside. That's the reason why you are searching outside. For a very long time, I was also just searching on the outside. But the day I searched inwards, I was surprised. That is where I lost it and that is the only place it can be found."