Mindfulness in the news

What if meditation isn’t good for you?

Jay Michaelson gives a synopsis of some of the recent talks at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies and ties these in to a recently published meta-analysis of meditation studies as well as work from Willoughby Britton’s lab @wbritton

Contemplative Studies at Brown and Beyond

An interesting look at some of the ongoing growth of mindfulness programming at various universities.

And now mindful networking as reported by the New York Times!

60 minutes is doing a piece on mindfulness tonight (December 14th), highlighting some of the research at the Center for Mindfulness. Here’s a preview.

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And, here’s a link to the complete report, during the third segment of the show. It’s on the front webpage of 60 minutes, at least as of 12/15:

Thanks Margaret! We also have links to the full 60 Minutes report as well as to several shorter segments in our new Video Room.

2014, the year of mindfulness? Hmmm…

I think it’s valid that we’ve seen quite a few very public pieces on the topic this year, including TIME, HuffPo, and things like the 60 Minutes segment. The question is how can we more adequately be prepared with consistent, accurate, friendly, and referenced responses to the inevitable backlash from the poorly done hype.

Seems to be spilling over into 2015…

An update from Oxford on the Parlimentary group interim report (a Mindful Nation UK). Looks like they’re aiming for 2015 to be their “year of mindfulness”. Nice to see interest at a governmental level…


Here’s a short Wall Street Journal article about the Seattle Seahawks sports psychologist Michael Gervais who uses mindfulness to help the team communicate amongst other things. Perhaps they might next learn to take a mindful pause before calling a pass play on the 2 yard line at the end of the Superbowl…

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Check out this Mindfulness-Ally Party Report from our friends in the United Kingdom!

From the Washington Post:

Want to prevent thousands of deaths a year? Make doctors and nurses meditate.
Research shows mindfulness could cut down on the spread of hospital-acquired infections.


From the LA Times (reporting on recent research): mindfulness may help older individuals sleep.



The Secret Weapon of CEOs and Basketball Pros to Get in the Zone
Mindful Meditation as a Key to Success

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A short article from the Financial Times on mindfulness in the workplace.

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Here’s a recent New York Times article titled “the muddied meaning of mindfulness” (note the alliteration!), that does a bit of a trace on the origins of the word mindfulness into modern times.

Hello All,

Here are few more articles from UK:
The Independent

The Guardian:

All found on http://www.londonmindful.com

You all have probably seen these articles but it seems it’s worth adding them here.

American capitalism has had a long and durable romance with Eastern spirituality, and the latter has hardly undermined the former. For well over a century, business-minded Americans have been transforming Hindu and Buddhist contemplative practices into an unlikely prosperity gospel.

And this:

I would like to point out that it is all too easy for any of us to respond to this with a “circle the wagons” mentality, but the important thing is to note that thought leaders in the US are starting to comment widely on the commercialization and commodification of mindfulness. If your goal is to get something out there deeper than this, then please don’t jump on a bandwagon of dismissing these articles, but rather use them for information about what you need to avoid in your own teaching practice.

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Judson Brewer, MD, PhD visits Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care’s Anticancer Lifestyle Program

“People struggle with stress every day,” Brewer said in an interview ahead of his talk in Concord earlier last week. “And part of it is that we get caught up in what we’re doing – whether we’re worrying about something we need to do, regretting something we did, any of those things can cause stress.”