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Mindful : December 2014
New Rx for Pain Mindfulness has been shown to help people manage chronic pain. Know- ing this, doctors in British Columbia, Canada, are making sure other doctors, and their patients, know all about it. Last December, and then in April, organiza- tions Pain British Columbia and Doctors of B.C . par tnered to put on programs in Vancouver, teaching 60 MDs fresh tech- niques, including mindfulness, to help primar y care patients manage chronic pain conditions. By the end of the year, more than 500 medical professionals will be taught these techniques. Par ticipating doctors have said they like having new ways to help patients—without involving the prescription pad. You’ve seen them: stacks of smooth, gray rocks nex t to quotes about meditation that end up on book covers, postcards, and calendars. You can even buy sets of stackable rocks online. We get it, but enough already! HONORABLE MENTIONS: Beach sunsets • Ripples • Dew y leaves What’s the deal with stacked rocks? Breaking Your iAddiction A new smar t- phone app, Moment, lets you track the time you spend staring at your smartphone each day, sending you regular updates so you can keep your tech use in check and work on spend- ing more time in the, ahem, moment. (The average user clocks 62 minutes daily.) More on staying in the moment: To reduce worker 3Extra ordinary Acts of Kindness When 65-year-old John McCormick suffered a fatal hear t attack while mowing his lawn, firefight- ers rushed him to the hospital, then returned and finished mowing. Lillian Weber, 99, sews a one-of- a-kind dress for a child in need ever y single day. By her 100th bir thday, she’ll have made 1,000. As thousands fled the conflict- ridden city of Donetsk, Ukraine, a group of women risked their lives to stay and care for the many pets left behind. The Anxious Mindful Lawyer A 2013 sur vey found 79% of Americans rated law yers’ honesty and ethical stan- dards average or below; so it’s no wonder they’re ranked among the most stressed- out people in America. Karen Gifford and Jeena Cho are seasoned law yers who turned to mindfulness to cope with their jobs. Now both meditation instructors, they’ve founded The Anxious Lawyer, a business and blog offering workshops and online advice to help law yers go from anxious to mindful. We can be mindful during every interaction, planting seeds of goodness, showing a little more compassion than usual. — Prince Ea, community activist and rapper burnout, German automaker Daimler introduced “Mail on Holiday,” a program that auto-deletes incoming emails to vacationing employees and alerts senders to try again later. You know what that means: no more anxious email checks when you should be sunbathing and sipping cocktails. WHAT THE WOO- WOO? For resources on law and mindfulness, visit mindful.org/resources December 2014 mindful 13 PHOTOGRAPHS:COURTESYOFTHEANXIOUSLAWYER.COM,COLOURBOX.COM,STEVENJ0HNS1,©ARTUSH/DOLLARPHOTOCLUB,©ISTOCK.COM/GLOBALP