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Mindful : October 2016
Dear Emma, The Galapagos Islands rule! Best wishes, Chuck Research gathered from Greater Good Science Ctr. at UC Berkeley, Ctr. for Healthy Minds at U of Wisconsin-Madison, Ctr. for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, and American Mindfulness Research Association. When Teens Befriend Themselves Practicing a little self-kind- ness might help young people weather the turbulent teenage years. In a pilot study, Karen Bluth of the University of North Carolina taught a six-week course on mindfulness and self-compassion to about 30 adoles- cents. The kids learned to acknowl- edge and soothe their own distress while recognizing that such suffering is common to the human experience. Afterward, they reported less anxi- ety, depression, and stress. Psychedelic Mindfulness? Meditation. LSD. Magic mush- rooms. Is some combination of these an effective treatment for anxiety and depression? Medita- tion is known to work. But recent research out of Imperial College London shows that psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms, also helps against anxi- ety and depression. Now neurosci- entists at Johns Hopkins University are looking at treatments combin- ing the two approaches. They hope people suffering from mood disor- ders who find meditation especially difficult will get a similar benefit from psychedelic drugs. ● 3Extra ordinary Acts of Kindness More than 30 years ago, an intern at the Smithson- ian Institution stole a two-page letter written by Charles Darwin in 1875. This year, an unidentified good Samaritan returned it. When a man in Newfoundland learned a pet store was going out of business, he bought all their cat and dog food and donated it to animal shelters. A fisherman saw a boat sinking in the Chesapeake Bay, so he rushed to the scene and rescued 22 people. The boat had 14 four th- graders on board for a field trip. AD October 2016 mindful 15 PHOTOGRAPHS©RYANMCGUIRE,ILLUSTRATIONS©FREEPIK