This week’s roundup of international mindful news all in one place waiting for you to ignite your mind!



The Neuroscience of Reality

from Seduction of the Minotaur, by Anaïs Nin (1961) On the 10th of April this year Pope Francis, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and former rebel leader Riek Machar sat down together for dinner at the Vatican.

Mild cognitive impairment: Meditation can boost brain health

Research shows that adults with mild cognitive impairment who practice mindfulness meditation could experience a boost in cognitive reserve. New research suggests that meditation can improve the brain health of older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, published a paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that highlights their findings.

5 inconvenient truths about corporate culture, and how they hold you back

The modern obsession with corporate culture originates in the 1980s when two ex-Mckinsey consultants – Tom Peters and Robert Waterman – wrote a best seller called In Search of Excellence . Strong cultures, they argued, could explain long term corporate performance.

Humans aren’t designed to be happy – Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers argue humans did not evolve to be consistently happy but primarily survive and reproduce. Evolution, they say, placed an advantage on depression, preventing humans from engaging in risky or hopeless situations. Source: The Conversation A huge happiness and positive thinking industry, estimated to be worth US$11 billion a year, has helped to create the fantasy that happiness is a realistic goal.

5 signs of burnout and what you can do about it

Last Updated: 21 Aug 2019 Your emotional wellbeing is not a luxury, it’s the energy source powering your performance. When it’s low, your performance is low, which can have both a short and long-term impact on you personally and the role you’re paid to do.

Mindfulness meditation training may help people unlearn fearful responses

Mindfulness meditation programs have shown promise for the treatment of anxiety. Now, new research may help explain why. According to a study published in Biological Psychiatry , mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations.

Studies Show Mindfulness Can Improve Grades, Lower Stress Among Middle Schoolers – Study Finds

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Mindfulness, or the process of focusing all of one’s attention on the present moment, is typically thought of as an adult hobby and often associated with meditation. However, two new studies conducted at MIT have found that mindfulness can also be a helpful academic tool for young middle schoolers.

Meditation Coaches: The Next Frontier in Major League Sports

In the beginning there was god-given brawn: Babe Ruth could go carousing until the sun came up and then smack a baseball beyond the horizon with a flick of his wrists. Or there was god-given talent: Ted Williams and his eyesight so perfect that when he enlisted in World War II, doctors were astounded by his 20-10 vision .