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Alaska — the last frontier.  A beautiful, remote landscape teaming with wildlife, and big swaths of unpopulated territory. Whether you look at it from above or on the ground, you get this feeling of vastness.

This week NPR will bring you stories about what has happened in the 25 years since March 24, 1989 when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef, dumping 11,000,000 gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound.

We visited the isolated fishing village of Cordova, where many wish they could erase their memories of oiled beaches and wildlife, economic loss and emotional despair.  But others say remembering is not only good for their emotional well-being, but to ensure that the nation is better-prepared to cope with the risky exploration and transport of oil.  

126 days until I get to see for myself!!

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How Schools Can Benefit from Embracing Meditation

Each year, meditation becomes more of a trend. Celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Goldie Hawn, businessmen like Bill George of Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil, and News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, have publicly discussed practicing it. Techies and others in the corporate world have begun using mindfulness, a type of meditation, to combat the stress and overstimulation of their jobs. Even the Marines have used it to “improve mental performance under the stress and strain from war.”
At the same time, more and more studies are showing direct links between meditation and health benefits. A study led by researchers at John Hopkins found that just eight weeks of meditation training was as effective as medication in treating depression, anxiety, and pain. At Harvard, scientists using neuro-imaging technology showed how meditation positively affected the genes and brain activity of the chronically stressed, a condition that the Benson-Henry Institute reports is related to more than 60 percent of all doctor’s visits. 
Schools have also begun experimenting with the practice and discovering that its techniques can help its students.
Read more. [Image: James Woodcock, Billings Gazette/AP Photo]



I’ve been saying this for years!

theatlantic:

How Schools Can Benefit from Embracing Meditation

Each year, meditation becomes more of a trend. Celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Goldie Hawn, businessmen like Bill George of Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil, and News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, have publicly discussed practicing it. Techies and others in the corporate world have begun using mindfulness, a type of meditation, to combat the stress and overstimulation of their jobs. Even the Marines have used it to “improve mental performance under the stress and strain from war.”

At the same time, more and more studies are showing direct links between meditation and health benefits. A study led by researchers at John Hopkins found that just eight weeks of meditation training was as effective as medication in treating depression, anxiety, and pain. At Harvard, scientists using neuro-imaging technology showed how meditation positively affected the genes and brain activity of the chronically stressed, a condition that the Benson-Henry Institute reports is related to more than 60 percent of all doctor’s visits. 

Schools have also begun experimenting with the practice and discovering that its techniques can help its students.

Read more. [Image: James Woodcock, Billings Gazette/AP Photo]

I’ve been saying this for years!

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