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body & soul
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 3, 2015
Have you read the latest study about meditation?
Probably not, because even as you read this sentence
another has likely come out. There is a steady stream
of new research about the benefits of meditation and
other mindful breathing practices. As they report,
meditation boosts energy, helps with focus, reduces
stress and anxiety, increases resilience and possibly,
subtly, changes your life and your brain for the better.
Of course, not everyone believes in the power of
meditation, but once converted, the big hurdle is making
meditation fit into your schedule. Just the thought of
cramming another thing into your day is stress-inducing.
Here s a radical proposal: start your new meditation
habit at work. Yup, that work. The office. Busy, stressful,
It turns out, the office is actually an ideal place to
meditate specifically because of those reasons. To quote
the film The Razor s Edge in which Bill Murray s char-
acter searches for the meaning of life: "It s easy to be
a holy man on top of a mountain." It s harder, but more
rewarding, to be one in the office.
Not only is work likely one of the major causes of
your stress, but it is also a victim of it. A stressed out,
unhappy employee is not a productive one. You can
counterbalance the negative and even make your office
a more peaceful, creative and industrious place with
the effect and influence of your meditation practice
Plus, for many folks, it s hard to fit in meditation
at home, especially with a spouse and children.
It doesn t need to be a big time commitment--- ten
to 15 minutes each day is plenty---and even a couple
of minutes can be useful. The key is to commit to
doing something, otherwise it s not effective.
First, find a peacefil or corner. Then, schedule some
time. Now meditate! Even doing a little bit makes a
Whether you have never meditated before, need a
refresher or are just getting started there is no shortage
of books, articles, apps and free videos and podcasts
available. So start there.
Here are a few sources:
• Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan. In
his book on mindfulness and happiness, Meng offers
meditation techniques he introduced at Google that
range from basic to one that asks you to visualise
yourself as a force multiplier for goodness, as if you
are some kind of Buddhist superhero.
• Stop, Breathe & Think. This app has
a growing library of meditations. These
all start the same, which is repetitive,
and the narrator s voice so soothing it
threatened to put me to sleep. But guided
meditations can be useful for beginners
and the app tracks your progress, as if
you were going to a transcendental gym.
• The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich
Nhat Hahn. The renowned pacifist Bud-
dhist monk has written many volumes,
but this classic has a whole chapter of
meditations, some as little as ten breaths
long. The narration contains others, so
it s worth reading the entire short book.
• One Moment Meditation by Martin
Boroson. This guide starts with the prem-
ise that all you need is one minute. Short
chapters help you optimise that minute
and learn to take it with you wherever
you go. And when you get good at that,
it reduces that power minute to a power
Study: Office ideal place to meditate
Tiny "fish" could soon be swimming in your
bloodstream. Is this the future of medicine?
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San
Diego, have developed 3D printing technology called
"microscale continuous optical printing" that can
print hundreds of microrobots within seconds, each
one smaller than the width of a single hair.
The researchers have been working with fish-
shaped microrobots that they ve dubbed "microfish,"
which they ve found can swim around efficiently in
liquids, according to a news release they posted in
They placed the microfish in hydrogen peroxide
and added platinum nanoparticles to their tails---the
particles interacted with the liquid, propelling the
microfish forward. The researchers then added mag-
netic iron oxide nanoparticles to the microfish heads,
allowing them to steer the microrobots with magnets.
Wei Zhu, a nanoengineering PhD student who co-
authored the report, wrote that "the microfish can
doubly serve as detoxification systems and as toxin
When the researchers incorporated toxin-neutral-
ising nanoparticles into the microfish bodies, they
found that their powerful swimming ability allowed
them to efficiently clean out toxins from the solution.
When the particles interacted with toxins, they emitted
a red glow; the greater the presence of toxins, the
greater the intensity of the glow. (http://fortune.com)
or are just
there is no
3D printed 'microfish' may
soon swim in your blood
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