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Mindful : October 2017
PODCASTS SCIENCE VS. Episode: Science vs. Meditation. What is meditation and does it do anything? In this series, host Wendy Zukerman “takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s some- where in between.” The meditation instruction in here by acclaimed researcher Britta Holzel is a good representation of mindfulness, but many of the host’s opening descriptions of what medi- tation is are distorted and not well-informed. Fortunately, Holzel’s presentation of the results of hers and others’ research is ar ticulate and balanced. Bottom line: Even though there are promising early results, there’s a lot of hope and a lot of hype and the research on meditation is in its early days. That’s no big surprise—as Mindful has made that point many times—but the value of this podcast is the engaging interviews with leading neuroscientists like Holzel, Gaelle Desbordes, and Clifford Saran. It turns out to be a good brief survey of interesting areas of mindfulness meditation research. WEEKLY PODCAST AT THE HAMMER MUSEUM Episode: Practicing Equanimity The Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA presents weekly lunchtime guided meditation practice on Thursdays, with a slightly different emphasis each week, in an auditorium at the Hammer Museum. They’re available as half-hour podcasts. In this episode, MARC’s director of mindfulness education, Diana Winston, focuses on the power of “the willingness to be with what is.” It star ts with an intro and then leads into guided meditation. Be prepared for long stretches of silence. EVERYDAY BRAVERY Episode: Everyday Bravery in Love & Loss Sponsorship by Prudential ensures high production values for this uplifting and poignant series that star ted in March. This episode focuses on stories from a woman going blind, another who steers through her grief by singing, and a group of people who use their imagination to celebrate their memories of a revered theater teacher and producer. This 50-card deck offers simple, succinct practices to bring compassion into daily life. Creators Abblett, a clini- cal psychologist, Desmond, a therapist and scholar, and Willard, a psychologist and mindfulness education This touching memoir chron- icles the year-long journey that nomadic couple Ramie Liddle and Tim Bauerschmidt took with Tim’s mom, Norma, after her husband’s death and her cancer diagnosis. Instead of opting for medical treatment in her 90s, Norma chose to hit the road with her family. Together they traveled in an RV across the US and into Mexico, kept company by Tim and Ramie’s poodle, specialist, came up with the cards to help people regulate emotions, work with anxiety, and generally improve their well-being. Plus, the deck comes with an extra 4 blank cards so you can write your own. ● Ringo. Along the way Norma visits a cannabis dispen- sary, takes a ride in a hot air balloon, eats lots of cake, drinks lots of beer, becomes famous on the internet, and discovers a fresh way of life as her days wind to a close. This book lays bare the fragile reality of human life, the deep strength of family bonds, and what it means to truly take in all the world has to offer. THE SELF-COMPASSION DECK 50 Mindfulness-Based Practices Chris Willard, Mitch Abblett, and Tim Desmond • PESI DRIVING MISS NORMA Our Family’s Journey Saying “Yes” to Living Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle • HarperOne “We got to see the truth in people, including in Norma: her glow, her tenacity, her joy, and her confidence.” 80 mindful October 2017 reviews