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Mindful : August 2015
SCHOOL STUFF Mindfulness could be as effective as antidepressants for preventing depression from recurring. In a recent study, adults who did MBCT had virtually the same rate of relapse into depression as a group who continued taking medication. KIDS IN NEED Flying Kites is a nonprofit in rural Kenya that runs a school and home for vulnerable youth. At their daily “family meeting,” they often start with meditation, which they use as a tool to support and rehabilitate kids. A MINDFUL PROSPECT Prospect Hill Academy, a charter school in Somerville and Cambridge, Massachu- setts, partnered with Ivy Child International to bring mindfulness training to students from fourth to sixth grade as well as teachers and administrators. Right now the program is offered only at their Somerville campus, but they hope to soon bring the prog ram to their Cambridge campus and offer classes to students in all grades. INNER CITY MINDS In Bedford-Stuy vesant, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, the Human Plant Project and InspireCorps are partnering to bring a weekly mindful journaling and yoga course to third- and fourth- grade students. MUSEUM MINDFULNESS They’ve got the space, the quiet, and the contemplative vibes—so it only makes sense for museums to host medi- tation classes. The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles was one of the first, offering half-hour meditation sessions with basic instruction provided by faculty from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, including their Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Win- ston. Each week’s class, held Thursday afternoons, is recorded and distributed as a podcast. Since the class began in 2008, the number of participants has increased from about 50 to an average of 200 attendees per week. The class has inspired similar programs in museums across the country—and recent data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services finds there are more museums in the US than Starbucks and McDonald’s com- bined, which is good news for our minds and our bodies! Researchers have hailed mindfulness as a cost-effective and side-effect-free way to keep at bay the symptoms of progressive MS, which include pain, fatigue, and problems with speech and swallowing, and for which there is currently no effective treatment.” — Reporter Hilary Freeman, on a study out of King’s College London. Noah Aldrich, 8, completes mini-triathlons with his dis- abled brother Lucas, 6, so he can feel what it’s like to cross a finish line. 30 years after a California doctor saved a premature baby at birth, he found himself trapped inside a burning car. The baby, now a para- medic, saved the doctor’s life. When no one from Mackenzie Moretter’s class attended her 10th birthday par ty, her mom took to social media and 300 people showed up, bearing food and presents. August 2015 mindful 11 3Extra ordinary Acts of Kindness PHOTOGRAPHS:GARYMINNAERT,©PHOTOMELON,©CS333,©VLADVM50,©ALX,©DMITRYVERESHCHAGIN/DOLLARPHOTOCLUB DID YOU KNOW?