Meditation 2.0: A new way to meditate

Dr. Amit Sood, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and founder of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing, narrates this animation, which he produced after becoming frustrated with how difficult it was to meditate. After he realized that modern humans might need to do meditation a different way, he came up with this approach. Here are a couple of paragraphs from his description:

I was born in India. I like meditation. What is not to like about meditation? It is known to be relaxing, health improving, brain enhancing, and free of side effects. The problem was–after decades of learning and practicing I must confess that  I found meditation a very difficult practice. I had a few good days, but on most days I didn’t even know what I was doing. If after years of practice, this was my state, I can only begin to imagine what others might be going through. It occurred to me
that the busy minds of the 21st Century need a modified version of the practice to access its full benefits. I went back to the drawing board, immersed myself in neuroscience and evolutionary biology.
I started developing a simpler way to access meditation,  which was in many ways very different from what I had learned over the years. Applying those ideas helped my personal practice, but I was still unsure.
In the midst of it all, I met the world’s preeminent authority on meditation – His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Acting out: Brooklyn, NY, youth channel their troubles through theater

A play from the Off the Hook kids' program put on by the Falconworks Artist Group twice a year. (Levi Sharpe)

A play from the Off the Hook kids’ program put on by the Falconworks Artist Group twice a year. (Photo by Levi Sharpe)

By Levi Sharpe

NEW YORK — The houselights went up, dimly illuminating the sea-foam green wall tiles and 40 audience members spread out on cracked wooden seats in the auditorium of P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

“Can any of you tell me a problem that someone was having?” asked Reg Flowers, as he stood in front of the stage where the actors now sat.

The children sitting in the two front rows raised their hands, some quickly, others with hesitation.

Falconworks Artist Group, a theater group based in Red Hook, has been producing “Off the Hook” for the past 10 years, said founder Reg Flowers, 48. He and co-founder Chris Hammett, 49, put on the eight-week program twice a year to help neighborhood kids channel their problems into workshopped plays that they then write and star in.

After the performance, Flowers encourages audience members to go up on stage and act out their own

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