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Mindful : April 2017
Learning Mindful Life Skills Granting Wishes and Coping with Illness Home in a Box Of food, clothing, and shelter, it can be particu- larly easy to take the last one for granted. Unless you don’t have one. Inventor Tina Hovsepian created 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. in lieu of jail time. “ Very few of us are taught skillful means of coming down off that mountain of stress that makes drugs and alcohol so appealing,” says instructor Michelle DuVal. “And this is a way they can do that themselves, right in their own minds.” Carborigami—an ingenious collapsible shelter using ori- gami principles—to provide protection from the ele- ments for the homeless and people in disaster zones. ● Some people find stress relief in a bottle or a pill. But a program in Albuquer- que is trying to change that. Participants in a DWI-drug court initiative for repeat offenders attend mandator y meditation classes at the start of a yearlong rehabili- tation commitment offered Do make-a -wish programs for children with cancer promote their well-being? In a Spanish study of 75 seriously ill kids, those who had a wish granted by a local foundation showed less nausea and more positive emotions and life satisfaction three weeks later. Parents reported positive responses too, such as increased belief in the benevolence of the world. The magnitude of these changes was small, the researchers note. But when a child is extremely ill, every good moment counts. www.mindfulnecessities.com MINDFUL NECESSITIES 14 mindful April 2017 what’s new PHOTOGRAPHCOURTESYCARDBORIGAMI