The Mindful Goods Newsletter
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Canada's Globe and Mail has published an essay I wrote on parenting with mixed feelings. As a mother of twins, their artwork really made me smile.
The essay was adapted from a longer piece, which can be found here .
Mindful Parenting (Vienna, Austria)
This four-part Mindful Parenting Course is being held at the Common Room in Vienna. The course begins with an introduction to mindfulness; examines self-awareness and self-management, and moves into how to connect better with our children through self-compassion, empathy and gratitude. Please click here for more information.
Search Inside Yourself at Tvoj Buddy (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Had a wonderful experience teaching Search Inside Yourself to a non-profit in Bratislava called Buddy. Buddy works with the children that most of society forgets about, orphans over age 12, who lack the stable care of a loving adult. Each child is paired with an adult volunteer who provides attachment and emotional support for a period of at least three years. If we want to prevent future homelessness, violence etc in our societies, and give every person some sense of a fair chance, supporting an organization like Buddy is a good place to start. Website is here:
Mindfulness in the News
A number of articles about the "dark sides" of meditation are making the rounds - that some people experience stress, anxiety and fear when they meditate. But this shouldn't be surprising. At least in my experience, the idea is to go deeper into these feelings and begin to understand them better. In many ways, their appearance in meditation is an opportunity to sit with what we've likley been running from, and that can be very healing. Not necessarily easy, but as they say, you have to go through it to get through it. New Scientist.
New meditation app Journey offers live meditation sessions. “You could think of it as a real-life meditation community or studio in the palm of your hand,” (CEO Stephen) Sokoler explains. Instructors greet you when you join a session in the Journey app and can give you a shout-out for practicing multiple days in a row. They help you concentrate on your breath while giving enough instruction to keep you from falling asleep. You can see or hide a list of screen names of other participants that make you feel less isolated and encourage you not to quit. Tech Crunch
Why stop at an app? The $1 billion Calm app has big plans for its future. Says their CEO Michael Acton Smith, “We’d love to do Calm hotels. Our real ambition is to eventually buy an island and create Calm Island, the world’s most relaxing resort.” Fast Company
Have some summer travels coming up? Here are some meditation tips from the NY Times. Says author, Dan Harris, “I’m not saying that it’s wrong to take a selfie or to tell your friends about it. What I’m saying is you probably want to up the enjoyment in the moment quotient and reduce the social status quotient” New York Times