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Mindful : October 2019
Top of Mind SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL Meditation flash mobs are upending the idealized quiet and calm practice setting, with public group meditations. “In public can be a richer place to practice,” says C. T. Tamura, founder of The Sitting Project, which hosts free sit sessions in Times Square, NYC. “As meditators, we’re trying to open up to the world.” Many find that sitting silently amid hustle and bustle is one way to do that. MINDFUL CITIES LAUNCHES In May, Flint, Michigan, became the first city to adopt mindfulness programming to support the community. Civic leaders took par t in Collective Wis- dom, a two-day gathering featur- ing the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Insti- tute mindfulness- training program, created at Google. Suppor ted by the Foundation for a Mindful Society— the parent organi- zation of Mind- ful—and The Crim Fitness Founda- tion, the initiative provides educa- tion and resources to city leaders and the public about the benefits of mindfulness meditation. It will also connect city leaders to exper ts, par tners, and programs to offer mindfulness train- ing in hospitals, schools, and other institutions. Bos- ton and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will also join this pilot phase of the Mindful Cities Initiative. MINDFUL AGING How medita- tion can support healthy aging was the topic of the latest hearing held by Britain’s Mind- fulness All-Par ty Parliamentary Group, featuring researchers and exper ts from more than 20 universi- ties plus govern- ment and other officials. Presenta- tions addressed concerns of aging including loneli- ness, anxiety and depression, man- aging illness, and supporting older people to continue to contribute. Since form- ing in 2014, the BMAPPG has explored incorpo- rating mindfulness into education, mental health, criminal justice, and more. MINDFULNESS AS LIFE SKILL “Adulting 101” courses are pop- ping up at several North American high schools. These give senior- year students a leg-up toward Keep up with the latest in the world of mindfulness. PHOTOGRAPHSBYEDUCARVALHO,BTN