• Mainstream Mindfulness: “Are we in the middle of a mindfulness revolution?”

    That’s the quote from this Huffington Post article about Time Magazine’s latest cover and theme. As an “armchair pop culturo-anthropologist,” I’m fairly certain that the answer is a definitive probably. 🙂 All the signs are there, really, from Time’s latest edition to a lesser known, but increasingly popular magazine called “Mindful;” from police departments helping their offers deal with stress to the Department of Defense looking seriously at mindfulness as a way to combat PTSD, the country is responding to information overload, stress, and anxiety with something that actually works: meditation and mindfulness. My sense is that because the latest research clearly

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  • Meditation Is Like “Finding a New Class of Drugs”

    A few months back, I chatted with my primary care physician–a no-nonsense, intelligent young doc–whether stress and extreme anxiety are increasingly causing more and more people to seek help at  the doctor’s office. He agreed that was the case, and that prescriptions for anti-depressants and a whole class of drugs were on the rise as a direct result. I suggested, in an offhand way, that he’ll soon be needing to recommend alternative ways for his patients to help themselves get healthier by exercising, meditating, yoga, etc., and here’s what he said: “I DO recommend these things to my patients who

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