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Lions Roar : January 2013
DISPATCHES FROM THE MINDFULNESS REVOLUTION, FROM THE EDITORS OF MINDFUL The Mindful Society PHOTOS(TOPTOBOTTOM):COURTESYOFROOMTOBREATHEFILM.COM,©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/MALERAPASO,COURTESYOFTHRIVEWITHLESS Emotional Navigation—for Kids Room to Breathe, a new documentary available for purchase online, follows Megan Cowan, the cofounder of Mindful Schools, as she introduces her program to a class of 36 in a San Francisco middle school. At first it seems unlikely anything will help this group. The students yell, hit, disrupt, and bully each other. And yet, despite being a little intimidated, over time the experienced mindfulness teacher introduces some calm into the environment. “There’s something about stillness and quiet that brings about ease and even introspection,” Cowan tells Mindful. “On top of that, the techniques we use give the students the tools to watch and navigate their thoughts and emotions.” Political presence The buildup to the presidential elections saw the creation of MindfulVotes, a campaign to “in- spire people to bring mindfulness into their lives and into politics” by the Center for Transforma- tive Change (CXC) and the team behind Yoga- Votes. Overall response to MindfulVotes ac- tivities and events—from teaching meditation just outside both national conventions to encour- aging the mindfulness community to pledge to vote—was “very, very positive,” says Angel Kyodo Williams, founder of the CXC and cofounder of MindfulVotes. “The way many people immedi- ately stepped in, especially elders and leaders in the broader community, was a welcome, hopeful, and even healing surprise.” While the elections are over, this initiative isn’t, says Williams. The new focus will be on Mindful- ness That Matters: “We envision MTM as a diverse, distributed network of mindfulness practitioners sharing a common desire to see the practices and values of mindfulness show up powerfully and meaningfully in the society in which we all live. The mindfulness community is a sort of network right now, but it doesn’t recognize itself as one—and that’s key for any network to have an impact.” Materialism 101 Six Michigan State students undergo a month-long experiment in living simply in Thrive with Less, a documentary project that grew out of a course assignment. The students documented the experience of cutting back so they could spread awareness about America’s consumption habits and inspire moderation. For groups wanting to sponsor a screening, they’ve made a DVD available for purchase at thrivewithless.com. “A lot of us see only one ‘normal,’ ” Matt Radick, one of the film’s directors, tells Mindful. “You find a career, work 40 hours a week, get a house and a car, filling life with things we like to think make us happy but really only take up space. This gave me a chance to try some different practices in my own life and speak with some people doing things outside the norm.” In partnership with the Shambhala Sun, Mindful presents here a selection of its reporting and advice on mindful living. See more on mindful.org and look for the new magazine, coming February 2013. mindful SWISH! THE LAKERS MEDITATE • MIND OVER MONEY • KINDER DIVORCE • MINDFUL CLASSROOMS DO MORE WITH LESS STRESS INSIDE-OUT LEADERSHIP 5 WAYS TO GET STARTED How to get your mindfulness practice going taking time for what matters The benefits of mindful living and working: how to do it, what it achieves GOOGLE SEARCHES The hi-tech giant looks inside SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2013 75