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The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life.
There is relatively little formal research on the benefits of meditation on children with autism, but pediatric occupational therapists have been unofficially using mindfulness with their patients for years.
So you fell asleep easily enough, but now it’s 3 a.m. Your mind is spinning, and rest is elusive. You’re reliving every foolish or embarrassing thing you did in the past 24 – or 48 or 72 – hours, and that is a lot of material to run through. And you simply can’t stop. Except maybe you could, if only you knew how to be mindful.
Debbie Miller uses Tibetan singing bowls to guide meditation.
For an hour, the group sat in a circle, quiet and still. Not a yawn. Not a nose scratch. Not a twitch. The seniors were all in a state of meditation: practicing mindfulness and being in the now. The new air conditioner rumbled. Something fell against the wall of the thrift shop next door. Yet nobody opened an eye. They just sat and breathed while they listened to a CD by a well-known meditation instructor. Today’s focus was concentrating even with noise and distractions.
Spokane Shalom Ministries, 518 W. Third Ave., will present Shop for a Cause on Saturday. Shoppers can buy a discount pass for $5 that will give them a 25 percent discount at Macy’s all day. Shalom will receive 100 percent of the pass price to support its Dining With Dignity program, which serves breakfast Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and dinner Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m.
A Buddhist meditation group will meet on the first Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Meditation Room, 35 W. Main Ave. The concentration meditation practice, part of the Theraveda tradition, may appeal to a broad spectrum of Buddhist meditation practitioners and followers of other spiritual traditions.
Thanksgiving is just a week away, and area churches are planning special services and dinners for those in need. • St. Aloysius Parish, Gonzaga University and Sodexho Dining Services will present the eighth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner next Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. in Cataldo Hall, 502 E. Boone Ave.
The memory of the lab school on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney will live on in a new garden. The Robert Reid Elementary Lab School didn’t only teach its students from kindergarten through the sixth grade – it also taught college students who hoped to become teachers. It boasted two towers in which education students from EWU and parents could observe the children in the classroom without interrupting their learning. Construction of the school began in 1958 and the school was open until June 2009.
The ancient practice of meditation has a lot to offer your mental, physical and spiritual health. But if you think that it’s instantly going to “chill you out,” think again. While this may be a residual side effect at some point, surprisingly, it’s not the end-goal, says Spokane Valley resident and meditation teacher Dori Langevin.
You’ve probably seen them in your travels. Perhaps you’ve mistaken them for an alien ship’s landing pad and you ran for the hills or you’ve simply wondered about the curious, almost familiar, design. They could be found in backyards, in gardens, randomly placed in wide open places or hidden in the woods. These winding arrangements, called labyrinths, are not intended to merely arouse curiosity. Their purpose is to provide a place for peace and contemplation.