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Mindful : October 2015
Wearable tech is big these days, and it can be groundbreaking, silly, or just plain indulgent. Here’s some that caught our eye, for better or worse. MIND-CONTROL REMOTE BBC is developing a TV remote that attaches to your head so you can change channels with your brain waves. But it’s not just about enabling lazy people—the idea is to help those with severe disabilities. WELLBE BRACELET The WellBe brace- let measures your hear t rate while you do guided relaxation exer- cises (including meditation) and reports how much they calm you down. Does know- ing specifically how much less stressed you are make you any less stressed? ● CULTIVATING COMPASSION If you show filmed scenes of human suffering to a group of people, it’s likely that the most compassion- ate reactions will come from those who’ve had intensive meditation experience. That’s what research- ers found when they put one group of test subjects in a three-month intensive meditation retreat aimed at improving attention and culti- vating compassion, and the control group was put on a wait list where they received no such training. Before and after the study, all participants were shown films of human suffering, then their facial expressions and emotions were assessed. Researchers reported that study subjects who received the intensive meditation training were more likely than the controls to display sadness, and less likely to express negative emotions such as rejection, anger, contempt, or disgust. The team, at UC Davis, concluded that such intensive meditation training can influence emotions, bringing out sympathy and concern for others who are suf- fering, and strengthening the urge to help those who are in need. Everything changed. My work started to change, my luck started to change. The way the world looked to me changed.” — Actor Mark Ruffalo on starting to meditate October 2015 mindful 13 PHOTOGRAPH:COURTESYOFBBC.CO.UK Research gathered from Greater Good Science Ctr. at UC Berkeley, Ctr. for Investigating Healthy Minds at U of Wisconsin-Madison, Ctr. for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, and American Mindfulness Research Association. TECH WATCH DharmaCraf ts THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES Meditation Cushions Yoga Mats Inspirational Jewelry Meditation CDs DharmaKids Collection since 1979 dharmacrafts.com 866.339.4198 Keycode MFA Request a Catalog Call for Volume Discounts on Cushions Sign Up for Teaching Emails