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Mindful : October 2013
Minding Your Health Dial-up meditations are now available to employees at Harvard and MIT. 4-CALM is a phone line from Healthy Harvard’s new Mindfulness at Work program. It offers three- and four-minute guided meditations, plus other resources and reflections to help manage stress. MIT employees, students, and their fami- lies have access to a meditation phone recording made available through the MIT Medical health care center. Athletes and spectators weren’t the only ones left traumatized by the Boston Marathon bombing in April. Massa- chusetts General Hospital treated 39 of the bombing victims. Caregivers there reported anxiety, sleeplessness, and recurring images of traumatic scenes related to the incident—even after most of the bombing victims had been discharged. To help them deal with the aftermath, the hospital offered staff free meditation and yoga, plus counseling and massage. When orthopedic surgeon Robin Turner attended one of art rocker Brian Eno’s audiovisual installations at the 2010 Brighton Festival in England, he had an idea. If Eno’s ambient music had such a soothing effect on an art gallery audience, maybe it could help hospital patients find some calm. The result: a Quiet Room at Brighton’s Montefiore Hospital, where patients can relax while enjoying soft lighting and original music that Eno composed for the room. ● Sample the Quiet Room soundtrack at mindful.org/quietroom. OVERHEARD “When I asked people, ‘How are you?’ I didn’t hear, ‘Great!’ I heard, ‘Okay’ and ‘Still alive.’ I need to remind myself to see what’s ‘great’ in my life and spread that around town. It’s almost a social responsibility, really. Community service. Spreading the joy.” From 5 Nice Things, an entry on Laura Munson’s Huffington Post blog. 16 mindful October 2013 now 16 mindful October 2013 Illustration by Gavin Potenza