Congressman Tim Ryan’s book on the benefits of meditation prompted all sorts of trend stories, including this segment on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Lucky Severson produced a pretty nice piece, and it features interviews with Ryan as well as Jon Kabat-Zinn. Check it out: Mindfulness Going Mainstream
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Here’s an enlightened body image blog entry. In this week’s Shape weight loss column, Cynthia Sass, RD, author of S.A.S.S! Your Self Slim, talks about dietsporational boards on Pinterest.
In Pinterest Dietspo: Motivational or Menancing?, she writes:
In addition to being a whole lot of fun, when kept in balance (I know, easier said than done!), I think Pinterest can be a great tool for supporting a healthy lifestyle, as I wrote about in a previous post How Pinterest Can Help You Lose Weight. But many of the dietspo or dietsporational boards really bum me out. Rather than viewing nutrition as a means of restriction or deprivation, I look at it as a strategy that allows me to feel well, have energy, nourish my body, manage stress, look better (hair, skin, etc.), sleep well, and be healthy, both physically and emotionally, and I want my clients to feel the same. That’s why pins like ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ make me sad.>>> Read more here.
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Sick of getting sick? Start meditating. New research supports the theory that meditation, like exercise, protects the body from cold and flu.
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers looked at the impact of meditation and exercise on how often people got a cold or flu, as well as how bad the bug got and how long it lasted. They found that both meditation and exercise offered plenty of protective power. The conclusion: Meditation and exercise can reduce the incidence, duration and severity of colds and the flu by about 30 percent to 60 percent.
Mainstream outlets are a buzz about how new research shows that you’re more likely to be successful with meditation if you chose a type you like. I’m glad to see studies like this being conducted, and even happier that the results are well publicized. But it’s not super surprising is you’ve ever practiced, is it?
I have to say, though, this story makes me want to check out Mantra style. Read more here.
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