Nutrition & Body Wellness

Dharma (Dis)Connect: Taking Mindfulness Out of School

Lots of schools are using mindfulness meditation to help students improve their focus and ease stress. There's both empirical and anecdotal evidence that it works. But one Ohio school system is moving the other way, dropping mindfulness instruction due to parents' objections.

A Mindful Poop

At the Interdependence Project, we support all types of mindfulness—mindfulness of mind, mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of emotions, mindfulness of eating tacos, and, yes, mindfulness of poop.

Pooping is an age-old art that almost all humans partake in. Though some may deny it, chances are if they are alive, they have pooped.

The Buddha encouraged us to pay attention to our poop:

Take Two Brian Eno and Call Me in the Morning

The Guardian newspaper reports that a hospital in England has installed a quiet room designed by ambient music pioneer Brian Eno.  It's being offered as a place to help patients relax, and doctors plan to monitor people who use the room to see if their pulse and blood pressure are affected by it.  

Human Touch Reduces Stored Trauma

Peter Levine is a psychotherapist whose work has greatly influenced the field of trauma therapy, particularly trauma that is stored in the body. He offers this advice for minimizing the future onset of traumatic symptoms:

Message from my Body: Stop Wearing Uncomfortable Clothes

My body isn't thrilled with some of my wardrobe choices, apparently. I didn't know this until I actually listened. Or rather, until I asked.

The "P" Word: Background

As various thinkers attempt to position Buddhism in relation to "Western Psychology," I thought IDP folks might benefit from understanding some of the movements that are lumped into the latter.

Dharma Connect: What If Holden Caulfield Had Meditated?

A new study found that adolescents who participated in a mindfulness program at school reported reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Furthermore, these teen students were less likely to develop more severe symptoms of depression.

Dharma Connect: Finding Calm in a Cab

A Manhattan taxi cab is one of the last places you'd expect to find ease or to try shamata -- calm-abiding -- meditation. But if you take a cab this week, you may find yourself listening to guided meditations (in addition to honking horns and screeching brakes).

Dharma Connect: Harvard Offers Meditation Hotline

Imagine the stress faced by students at the nation's top universities, particularly one as competitive and proud as Harvard.

Now imagine the pressure on the people who have to deal with them -- faculty, administrators, other Harvard employees.

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