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Mindful : August 2013
Your mom was right. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Now maybe she needs a reminder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the lead- ing cause of death by injury for adults age 65 and older. Falls are also the most common cause of hospital admissions for trauma among that group. In 2010, 2.3 million older Americans were treated for fall-related injuries and more than 662,000 were hospitalized. With this data in mind, the fall- prevention program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics introduced Mindfulness in Fall Prevention, a new component that offers these great tips to stay safe: • Whenever you change positions (lying down to sitting, sitting to standing), bring your attention to how your body is feeling before, during, and after. Ask yourself, “How is my body feeling right now? Am I dizzy or light-headed? Do I feel pain or weakness?” • When you’re walking, try to focus solely on walking. Distraction in- creases the potential for falls. • Use the awareness of your breath to keep your attention in the present moment. • Slow down. Try to bring attention only to the task at hand. • Use everyday objects and sensa- tions—say, the sound of wind chimes—to help bring your attention back to the present. ● Free from Falls Mindful Governance In March, Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness- Based Stress Re- duction, addressed British members of parliament who had taken par t in the first mindful- ness course offered to government officials in Britain. The 12 MPs spent 75 minutes a day for eight weeks medi- tating and learning how their bodies and minds respond to stress. “Mindfulness is being discussed now at really quite senior levels in parliament,” says Chris Cullen of the Oxford Center for Mindfulness. He helped organize the visit and says Kabat-Zinn spent two days talk- ing to officials about integrating mindfulness into education, health care, and other sectors. ● now 14 mindful August 2013 PHOTOGRAPH©CULTURAPHOTOGRAPHY/VEER Learn to Lead with Focus, Clarity, Creativity and Compassion The Institute offers retreats and workshops using experiential mindfulness and leadership training, and grounded in the most recent neuroscience. Its programs have been offered to employees of organizations from around the world and were featured at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Participants transform their leadership by learning: • Principles of leadership excellence • Mindfulness meditation practices • Mindful communication • Practical everyday applications Registration open: Cultivating Leadership Presence through Mindfulness© Retreat Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY, October 23-27, 2013 Founder and Executive Director: Janice L. Marturano Former Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel, General Mills, Inc. www.InstituteforMindfulLeadership.org To learn more, or to arrange for a customized retreat or workshop for your organization, contact us at