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Mindful : October 2018
Top of Mind Things that spark our minds, touch our hearts, make us smile—or roll our eyes. Keep up with the latest in mindfulness. Frisky fun Could mindfulness be linked to better sex? Australian researchers surveyed 800 adults about their “dis- positional mindfulness”—a quality of Music for mothers In villages throughout India, women are singing about IUDs and iron sup- plements, saving the lives of count- less mothers and their infants, as an aspect of Save A Mother. SAM is an NGO whose mission is to deliver cru- cial health information and resources to v ulnerable Indian communities. Gita Gupta, a trained health activist with SAM, says she has often incor- porated maternal health information into traditional folksongs, because musicalizing the information makes it easier to remember. Having a baby can be fraught with health risks in these rural areas, result- ing in tragically high maternal mortal- ity rates. While SAM has also aided in tuberculosis detection and increased acceptance of contraceptives, their education and advocacy programs are focused on pregnancy, nutrition, immunization, delivery, and infant care. The organization trains volun- teers, primarily women, to empower other women in their villages to be pro- active about their health needs. Their goal is social change where healthier behaviors become the norm. Since 2008, they’ve worked with more than 2 million people in over 1,000 villages. In that time, maternal deaths decreased by 90% and infant deaths by 57%. nonjudgmental attention to the present moment—and sexual satisfaction. Well, well: The more mindful people repor ted happier relationships and better sex lives. what’s new PHOTOGRAPHBYJOSEARAGONES/PEXELS,MATTHEWHENRY/BURST