Mindful listening

Photo: meditators sitting cross-legged on the floor
Meditating after taking a master class at Thrive Yoga

At lunch hour, I checked out the Diane Remn Show and realized that I had missed several shows that I wanted to listen to. Since giving up my FM-receive cum cell phone a year ago, I’ve gotten out of the habit of listen to NPR. Thanks to the marvels of the Web, I was able to go back and find find the following two shows:

June 22: The Power of Meditation with Josephine Briggs, a researcher, physician and director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Jonathan Foust, senior teacher, the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW); and Richard Davidson, director, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Briggs is more of a NIH administrator who shied away from doing more than outline areas that the NCCAAM was funding. Davidson is a leading neuroscientist who is a trail blazer on the power of the mind and has been mentioned repeatedly in this blog. I’ve heard Foust give a short talk and lead mindfulness session and also heard him give a dharma talk at IMCW recently.

August 25: Relaxation Revolution with Dr. Herbert Benson who was the first scientist to identify the relaxation response as an antidote to the “fight-or-flight” response (i.e. stress). Benson recently brought out a book, Relaxation Revolution: Enhancing Your Personal Health Through the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing, which brings together much of the scientific and medical thinking since he started in the field 35 years ago.