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Mindful : December 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. Skating on thin ice Canadian hockey player Ben Meisner penned an online article about his lifelong anxiety and fear of failure, offering help to other young athletes— and within three days, he got over 1,000 responses. That’s a goal scored for ending the harmful silence around mental illness in sports. Gaming for good There is plenty of hand-wringing these days about the supposed dangers of adolescents playing video games. But some games, it seems, can actually foster empathy and positive brain changes. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin developed a video game Meditation meets baby goats Every meditator knows what it’s like when your mind simply won’t slow down. Now a mindfulness teacher in Brisbane has taken that inner chal- lenge and put it out there...by having new students meditate with baby goats. “It’s a metaphor. Your medita- tion is not going to be perfect, and it certainly won’t be still,” Berenice Tan told Yahoo 7 Australia. The rescued kids are brought in halfway through Tan’s popular “ Breathe In & Bleat Out” introduction to mindfulness meditation events. And they offer a powerful teaching in self-compassion, she said. “ Beginner meditators have tremen- dous expectations the first time they attempt to sit, and it very rarely goes the way they hope,” she continued. “ You’ll have thoughts, feelings, memo- ries, fantasies, dreams jumping over you, gnawing at you, and hollering for your attention—just like the little goat.” in which players had to identify the intensity of emotions on the faces of human-like aliens. After just two weeks, the researchers found that the middle schoolers who played the game had more activity in brain regions linked to empathy and perspective-taking than kids who played a typical video game. 10 mindful December 2018 what’s new PHOTOGRAPHBYREYNOLDSUMAYKU/ALAMY