Consider the Alternative
Exploring the avenues of non-traditional therapies
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Where to Meditate Locally:
Mary Kay Foley, coordinator of St. Luke's Integrative Therapies Program, said that her hospital's approach to meditation honors the wide array of contemplative prayer and thought.
"Most religious traditions have some form of contemplative prayer, which like meditation, but in a traditional religious sense," Foley said. To that end, she has recruited meditation session-leaders from various religious and non-denomoniational backgrounds. Session-leaders have included Redman, Chubb and Skonie, and also Janet Abromeit, John Moreland, Cally Huttar, Susan Fierman, Jeanne Pudoff, Candace Whitt, Myra Lewin, and Bob Henley of the Church of the Big Wood.
Contact Foley at 208-727-8417 for an updated schedule of meditation sessions and teachers.
The Happiest Man in the World? The Independent talks about Matthieu Ricard, the French academic-turned-Buddhist monk whose positive-thought brain waves are off the charts.
The Science of Meditation: Still skeptical? Scientific American gets technical on the neurochemistry of meditating.
And for you truly ambitious arm-chair scientists out there, check out Richard Davidson's research. The Harvard-trained professor of psychology and psychiatry is a leader in the field on neuro-chemical research and its relevance to meditation.
Listen to Matthieu Ricard: Ricard's in-depth interview with Speaking of Faith, an American Public Radio production.
What your local experts are reading:
Valerie Skonie has been meditating for thirty years. "So I've had many teachers," she says, and her list of favorite texts on the subject is lengthy. She did share a few key texts as the building blocks to her spiritual understanding:
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki
Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering by Phillip Moffitt
Awakening Compassion by Pema Chodron
For a complete list of Valerie's suggested reading, click here
Ryan Redman is a Valley yoga teacher and meditation practitioner. He incorporates meditation as part of his yoga practice and leads smaller groups in meditation sessions.
Some books Ryan has found crucial to his understanding:
The Attention Revolution by B. Alan Wallace
Ryan says Wallace's book "lays down a real fundamental practice that then can be used in all forms of meditation, the practice of balancing attention." Ryan says Wallace's book is bolstered by scientific insights, balanced with ancient knowledge gleaned from the contemplative traditions.
The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.