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Mindful : October 2013
20 mindful October 2013 THE APP GENERATION How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World By Howard Gardner and Katie Davis • Yale University Press “There’s an app for that.” It’s cliché now but, as the cliché goes, all clichés are true. Apps are ubiquitous. You bank on your phone, find out where you are, search for where you want to be. In The App Gener- ation, t wo professors assess how a world navigated by apps affects adolescent development. The conclusion is yin-yangy: bad, but maybe good. The level of inquiry, though, elevates the discussion beyond knee-jerk complaints about “those #@#!! kids who are on their phones all day.” COOKED A Natural History of Transformation By Michael Pollan • Penguin Press HC America is obsessed with food. And Michael Pollan is obsessed with Ameri- ca’s obsession. Yet he says cooking had been more like furniture for him—just kind of there—not a passion. But no more. In Cooked, Pollan goes beyond social critic and pamphleteer and joins the ranks of great food writers such as M.F.K Fisher (The Art of Eating) and Margaret Visser (Much Depends on Dinner). His exploration of the history, chemistry, and rituals of preparing meals is a mouthwatering ride. There are lessons, but they’re like spices, sprinkled throughout the main courses. MIND WHISPERING A New Map to Freedom from Self-Defeating Emotional Habits By Tara Bennett-Goleman • HarperOne Tara Bennet t-Goleman is concerned with how our sense of the world can become distor ted in our own minds. As an exam- ple, she quotes something Broadway direc tor David Cromer once said: “I was easily defeated, easily insulted. If the train door closes right before you, you go, ‘Oh, I missed the train.’ What I would do was, ‘The train hates me. I don’t deser ve to get on the train.’” Mind Whispering offers an approach designed to help us awaken our ability to recognize such troublesome modes and move beyond them. ● TAI CHI The Perfect Exercise By Arthur Rosenfeld • Da Capo Lifelong Books “If sitting at a desk is the new smoking,” says Arthur Rosenfeld, “then tai chi is the new yoga.” A master of the mar tial ar t, Rosenfeld introduces both the prac tice and philosophy of tai chi and makes a con- vincing case for it as a form of exercise for any age. As scientific evidence reveals the practice’s effectiveness in lowering blood pressure, increasing immune response, and strengthening the body’s core, Rosen- feld emphasizes other benefits: it isn’t just for conditioning the body, he says, but also for “growing the spirit and strengthening the mind.” The Short List GOODNIGHT MIND Turn Off Your Noisy Thoughts and Get a Good Night’s Sleep By Colleen E. Carney and Rachel Manber THE NEED TO PLEASE Mindfulness Skills to Gain Freedom from People Pleasing and Approval Seeking By Micki Fine, MEd, LPC Foreword by Diana Winston EVERYBODY PRESENT: CREATING A MINDFUL CLASSROOM By Nikolaj and Didde Flor Rotne 50 HUMAN BRAIN IDEAS YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW By Moheb Costandi UNFINISHED CONVERSATION Healing from Suicide and Loss By Rober t E. Lesoine SITTING STILL LIKE A FROG Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) By Eline Snel Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn CD of exercises read by Myla Kabat-Zinn BEING AT PEACE WITH FOOD (CD) By Brandt Passalacqua RESPOND/REFLECT Explore your response to something: like, not like, don’t care. Does the grade make a difference in how you percieve it? Find more on Twitter @mindinterrupter Bookmark This Read... Listen... Download now