Another nod from the mainstream media to the benefits of mindfulness meditation, this time from the Chicago Tribune.
"How to meditate" featured seven tips on how to cultivate a daily meditation practice from Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.
Alexia Eljalde-Ruiz, author of the story, says the piece is part of a Tribune do-it-yourself series called "Life Skills." Other pieces in the series included how to be a better swimmer and how to apologize.
Eljalde-Ruiz says there is no grand plan at the Tribune to continue writing about meditation practice. Indeed, the Tribune published a practice article two years ago, along with other papers publishing sparsely on the subject. But the recentTribune practice piece does highlight a growing trend in the news media: the mainstream press is beginning to converge around mindfulness meditation news. For instance, a recent study on mindfulness meditation and multitasking appeared in USA Today, the Atlantic, and notably in a Fox News post online under the heading "Say 'Om:' Increase your paycheque with meditation. (Note: the study does not make a correlation between mindfulness meditation and financial success.)
Mindfulness and technology has also made its debut, with the New York Times reporting this week on Designing Calm, a graduate course at Standford's Institute of Design, and an article about how Silicon Valley leaders view themselves in relation to the high-stress associated with their devices.
Huffington Post is arguably the heaviest hitter, publishing weekly meditation practice tips and maintaining a twitter account devoted to mindfulness.
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