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Mindful : October 2018
mindful A tech entrepreneur in San Francisco bet money on his commitment to practice mindfulness for an hour every single day. For now, it seems that goal was too ambitious: He ended up losing $810. While watch- ing TV, a doctor noticed a woman on the show had a worrying lump on her neck. He posted his concerns on Facebook. Thanks to wide sharing, the post reached the woman in time for her thyroid cancer to be diag- nosed and treated. Would you pay $200 for your kid to learn to mix some sick beats—even before all their teeth grow in? In LA, your too-cool toddler can at tend Baby DJ School, for ages 2 months to 5 years. Australia’s red meat industry aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. They’re not just blowing hot air: In nearby New Zealand, scientists are designing a more “climate-friendly” sheep through selective breeding, adding native plants to a sheep’s diet, and regulating its gut flora—adding up to a less gassy sheep. If you gotta dance, leave your gun at home. In a Colorado nightclub, an FBI agent backflipped, tried to grab the firearm that fell from his pocket, and inadvertently fired it, shooting a fellow clubber in the leg. ● Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon mindless If you find Bob Ross’s voice pleasantly soporific, you’re in luck: The beloved painter’s estate allowed the Calm app to turn some audio from Ross’s PBS show into a series of bed- time meditations to help us drift off happily. Posing no problem A Denver, Colo- rado, elementary school is replac- ing its detention periods with yoga class. The pilot program draws on research that suggests yoga can help kids pay attention to their breathing when they’re mad or anxious, and may even ease symp- toms of ADHD. School psy- chologist Carly Graeber hopes to leave behind the punishment paradigm in favor of “teaching kids social and emotional skills that they can use for their lives.” Making menopause easier The tran- sition to menopause can be physically and emotionally rough. Chinese researchers compared women receiving either Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training or menopause edu- cation. At study’s end, while both groups had fewer menopausal symp- toms, the MBSR group was signifi- cantly less anxious and depressed. ● 14 mindful October 2018 what’s new Mindful or Mindless? Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not