Meditation news – AD Roberts Fri, 03 Dec 2021 15:25:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meditation news – AD Roberts 32 32 Cantalamessa: raw truth must become lived reality Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:36:35 +0000 In his meditations for Advent this year, the preacher of the Pontifical House endeavors to highlight “the interior splendor of the Church and of Christian life”, without “closing his eyes to the reality of the facts”, so that everyone can face their responsibilities from the right angle.

By Tiziana Campisi

Faced with the danger of living as if the Church were only “scandals, controversies, clashes between personalities, gossip or at most some good will in the social field – in short, something for men like everyone else. remains in the course of history ”, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, cardinal and preacher of the Pontifical House, in his reflections of Advent proposes to“ look at the Church from the inside, in the strongest sense of the term, to the light of the mystery of which it is the bearer ”, so that we do not lose sight of the mystery which inhabits it. The theme of the Advent meditations hosted in the Paul VI Hall on the three Fridays before Christmas is “When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son”, taken from verses 4-7 of chapter 4 of the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians, which sums up the whole Christian mystery. The cardinal resumed from his Lenten preaching, which had “sought to highlight the danger of living ‘etsi Christus non daretur’, ‘as if Christ did not exist'”.

God the Father

In today’s meditation, the Capuchin religious focuses only on the first part of the text of the Apostle to the Gentiles which guides his Advent sermons – “God sent his Son so that we could be adopted as sons. “- and underlines that” the fatherhood of God is at the very heart of the preaching of Jesus “. And if” even in the Old Testament God is seen as a father “, the novelty of the Gospel” is that now God is not seen so much as “the father of his people Israel”, in the collective sense, so to speak, but as the father of every human being, whether righteous or sinful “, and” he takes care of everyone as if he was the only one; of each one he knows the needs, the thoughts and even counts the hairs on his head. ”In short, what Jesus teaches is that“ God is not only a father in the metaphorical and moral sense. , insofar as he created and takes care of his people ”, but he is“ above all a true and natural father, of a true and natural son whom he ngendra … before the dawn of time “and thanks to which” men also will be able to become children of God in the real sense and not only metaphorically “. Father Cantalamessa also underlines that it is with the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ, that is to say thanks to the redemption that he operated and applied to us in baptism, that, as St Paul says, “we have become ‘sons in the Son'”, that “Christ has become ‘the firstborn of a multitude of brothers'”.

Adoption as a son

The Apostle, explains the cardinal, uses the idea of ​​adoption to make us understand the link which Christ establishes with men. An analogy, however, is “insufficient to express the fullness of the mystery.” Because if “human adoption in itself is a legal fact” and “the adoptee takes the name, nationality, residence of the one who adopts him”, without sharing his blood or his DNA, “for us it is not is not like that. God not only transmits to us the names of the sons, but also his intimate life, his Spirit which is, so to speak, his DNA. Through baptism, the very life of God flows through us. “So much so, continues Father Cantalamessa, that Saint John speaks of” a true and proper generation, of the birth of God “, that is why” in baptism , we are born ‘of the Spirit’, we are reborn ‘from above’. ”For the preacher of the Pontifical House, what the Pope said during the general audience of September 8 is important in this sense:“ We Christians often take for granted this reality of being children of God when we have become children, [the moment of] our baptism, in order to live with greater awareness the great gift received “.

“Behold, this is our mortal danger: to take for granted the most sublime things of our faith, including that of being nothing less than children of God, of the creator of the universe, the Almighty, the eternal, the giver of life. Saint John Paul II, in his letter on the Eucharist, written shortly before his death, spoke of the “Eucharistic wonder” that Christians should rediscover. The same must be said of divine filiation: moving from faith to wonder ”.

The wonder of faith

In the sacrament of baptism, continues the preacher of the Pontifical House, “the part of God or the grace of baptism is multiple and very rich: divine filiation, remission of sins, abode of the Holy Spirit, theological virtues of faith, of hope and charity infused into the soul, “the contribution of man, on the contrary,” consists essentially in faith. “But we need” faith-admiration, this widening of the eyes and this Oh! of wonder “before the gift of God,” the ‘savoring’ of the truth of the believed things “and the” taste “of the truth, including the bitter taste of the truth of the cross”. In short, the “raw truth” must become “lived reality”:

“How can this qualitative leap from faith to the wonder of knowing that we are children of God be made possible? The first answer is: the word of God. (There is a second and equally essential means – the Holy Spirit – but we will leave it for the next meditation). Saint Gregory the Great compares the Word of God to flint, that is to say to the stone which was once used to produce sparks and to kindle fire. We must, he said, do with the Word of God what we do with a flint: strike it repeatedly until a spark occurs. Ruminate on it, repeat it, even out loud.

Human brotherhood: all brothers and sisters

Cardinal Cantalamessa also invites people to pray to become aware of being children of God and of their dignity as Christians. All of this will also lead to an awareness of “the dignity of others, who are also sons and daughters of God,” and of the fatherhood of God towards all mankind, he says.

For us Christians, human fraternity has its ultimate reason in the fact that God is Father of all, that we are all sons and daughters of God and therefore brothers and sisters among us. There can be no stronger bond than this, and for us Christians no more urgent reason to promote universal brotherhood.

For the preacher of the Pontifical House, nourishing universal fraternity is also not tempting God “by asking him to espouse our cause against our brother”, not wanting to be right and the other wrong, to have mercy on them. towards each other, which is “indispensable for living the life of the Spirit and community life in all its forms”, “for the family and for all human and religious communities, including the Roman Curia.” Finally, the Cardinal Cantalamessa concluded his meditation by expressing the hope that Scripture can help us discover the true meaning of being children of God.

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On Saturday, December 4, visitors can participate in an interactive installation of African art and poetry at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 218 Los Pandos Rd. Current artist-in-residence Anja Marais, originally from Africa South, created a circle of adobe chairs called “The Chairhenge” for reading and listening to poetry. It is located in the alfalfa field before the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and was created to honor the land and our ancestors. To participate, bring your phone and earphones or headphones. For more information, contact the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation at 575-758-2413 or visit the foundation’s Instagram page @wurlitzerfoundation.

Taos Amateur Radio Monthly meeting Wednesday, December 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Amateur radio meeting for the Taos Amateur Radio Club at the Taos County Emergency Ops Center, # 6 Miranda Canyon Rd, Ranchos de Taos. To free. Call 575-770-1961.

Organization of Taos artists meets on Wednesday December 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us for our monthly Zoom Meetings – for the link please email, PO Box 1294, Taos. To free. Call 720-366-6684.

UNM TAOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: The University of New Mexico (UNM) Taos Advisory Board will meet for a regular meeting at 4 p.m. on December 8 in the Administration Office, Board Room of meeting of municipal schools of Taos, 310 Camino de la Placita, Taos and by webinar. For an agenda or other information, email The date, time and location are subject to change.

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The ROOTS AND WINGS COMMUNITY SCHOOL, awarded the 2020 Charter Primary School of the Year, is currently accepting students from the K-2 and 6-8 cohorts. Call 575-586-2076 or go to for more information.

TAOS PUEBLO HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START are now registering for 2021-2022. Children enrolled in other federally recognized tribes and children with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply. To schedule availability and the intake meeting, call 575-758-5819.

TAOS EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER AT UNM-TAOS offers free online courses for high school equivalency preparation (HiSet / GED), support for college, career development and teaching English. Also available for basic computer skills, the center offers free online courses for Internet and computer basics. Email or call 575-737-3730.

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CALL FOR SELLERS for the Alumbra de Questa Christmas market, December 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors and craftspeople of arts, jewelry, crafts, holiday items and gifts are encouraged to book a stand at this outdoor event at the Questa Market Space at the Tourist Office. Send an email to

THE TALPA COMMUNITY CENTER LIBRARY IS OPEN Monday through Thursday, 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include 10 computers, affordable copies, and faxing. Masks are compulsory. Call 575-751-1014. Sign up for a free library card.

Members of the TALPA MUTUAL WATER ASSOCIATION can now consult the annual report on consumer confidence. To obtain copies, call Raul E. Vigil at 575-751-4373 or view the copies at the Talpa Community Center near State Road 518.

The TAOS PUBLIC LIBRARY is now open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Curbside pickup operates simultaneously by order only. For more information, call 575-737-2590 or email

TAOS MOUNTAIN SANGHA offers a weekly meditation session and Dharma talk every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit for more details and email with questions.

FREE mindfulness meditation course: “Exploring Mindfulness Meditation: Basics.” »Online course offered free to the public by Mindful Frontiers, a local meditation community. Must register, at

FREE AWARENESS MEDITATION ZOOM CIRCLES. Mondays and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Start and end the work week with meditation. All ages and levels are welcome. The trainer is Anne-Marie Emanuelli, founder of Mindful Frontiers. Registration is required at

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TAOS. Bring canned goods or non-perishable gifts on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, for drive-through parking and drop-off of packaged food and / or monetary donations to Shared Table, as well as food or monetary donations to the Taos Men’s Shelter. Foods must be unopened and within their expiration date. Checks should be made payable to Shared Table or Taos Coalition to End Homelessness.

Food distribution days for the NORTH CENTER OF THE QUESTA FOOD CENTER are the second and fourth Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. EXCEPT in November and December when they are the first and third Fridays. For updates, call the Questa village office at 575-586-0694 or check Facebook. For an emergency food box, call Jeannie Masters, 575-779-9194 or Nancy Parker, 505-699-7563. To donate, visit or mail checks to North Central Food Pantry, PO Box 1076 Questa NM 87556.

SHARED TABLE distributes food and basic health care items on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 11:00 am to noon at El Prado at El Pueblito Methodist Church, 1309 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; and 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Talpa Community Center, State Road 518, Ranchos de Taos. Call Pastor Cheri Lyon at 505-440-6849.

ST. JAMES FOOD PANTRY offers additional groceries for everyone, Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., driving at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (off Gusdorf Road behind the Quality Inn ), Taos.

PAY TO HELP MISTAKES. Thinking of adopting a stray cat? It’s hard to be homeless, hungry, and cold with predators always nearby. Welcoming a stray animal is the ultimate act of kindness and Taos Feral Feline Friends, the all-volunteer animal charity, wants to help. Country To Help Strays is a free adoption service that helps stray cats in Taos County and the Magic Circle. If you qualify, you get the most comprehensive set of veterinary benefits available in New Mexico: sterilized surgery; all tests recommended by the veterinarian; vaccinations against rabies and the fatal viral diseases FVRCP and FELV. To be eligible, the adopter must contact TFFF within 60 days, or in advance, of the adoption. Cats in shelters, pet stores or breeders are not eligible for this program. Call TFFF at 575-758-3519 for more information.

CAT AND DOG SPAY / NEUTER, VACCINE PROGRAM for Taos Town, Taos County and Taos Pueblo pet owners. Low-income pet owners and all wild / outdoor / barn cat owners are also eligible for free vaccination services, at Española Valley Humane Society, 505-753-0228. Dogs and cats must be between 8 weeks and 8 years old.

CAT sterilize / sterilize. Free sterilization / spaying of pet cats in Taos available with a Zimmer Feline Foundation voucher. Cats from Taos Town, Taos County, and Taos Pueblo are eligible. Call 505-466-1676.

FREE ORAL COVID TEST AT DRIVE-THRU. Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Taos Youth and Family Center, 407 Paseo del Cañon Est. Register on; also look Where Painless, self-administered oral swab test. Results delivered electronically within 48 hours of receipt at the laboratory.

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Pair Demystifies Mindfulness – One Podcast at a Time | New Tue, 30 Nov 2021 04:58:11 +0000

When one door opens, another… opens? This was the case for University of Calgary alumni and current graduate students Justin Burkett and Julia Imanoff, who found space and inspiration to support their nursing community during the pandemic through group mindfulness sessions.

The two thank the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Dr. Sandra Davidson, PhD, for leading the charge on a faculty-level mental health strategy, allowing new initiatives to flourish. This, coupled with support for the UCalgary Campus Mental Health Strategy, inspired nurse practitioners to create an eight-episode podcast on mindfulness and mindfulness meditations.

Title Get out of reactivity, the series is informed by Burkett and Imanoff’s experiences as registered nurses. “Stress and burnout are very high in our profession, even before COVID,” says Imanoff, MN’16. Those who work in helping professions, teaching and learning environments, or really anyone who is very stressed or very responsive, she says, may find the meditations featured in the podcast favorable.

By working with Burkett, BN’14, GCert’20, GCert’21, the two hope to build resilience in their communities and beyond.

Addressing the Benefits and Misconceptions of Mindfulness with Science

Research continues to intensify on the benefits of mindfulness, happier moods, Better sleep and lower stress levels, To weightloss and cancer cure.

However, Burkett acknowledges that “mindfulness” may have become an overused and misunderstood word. “Some people have visceral reactions and can be completely put off by it,” he says. But Burkett wants to dispel those judgments so that more people can have the opportunity to enjoy his benefits.

It is not a religion; it is not even “doing nothing”. It is an active process of training the mind in a technique.

This training of the mind can be understood literally, with studies confirmation of physical changes happens to certain structures of the brain.

Imanoff finds proof of this in his own life. “People notice different things about you,” she says. “People will say, ‘What are you doing for a living? You look different, you feel different. ”

During her final year of a master’s in nursing, Burkett, a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, found that students who practice mindfulness have better interactions with patients. “I notice that the therapeutic relationship is completely changing,” he says.

Stressful environments, the helping professions lend themselves to mindfulness meditation

The meditations featured in the podcast have been identified by Burkett and Imanoff as those that are suitable not only for the helping professions, but also for anyone experiencing stress.

“You are always learning new skills,” Imanoff explains of the sense of constant giving that the helping professions have. “Even the first time a student gives medicine, it’s so stressful for him; they don’t want to hurt. The constant state of stress can really do a lot for our nervous system, and you can see these people with high states of reactivity.

“Build resilience; team working; work in a high acuity situation, constantly learning new skills; a job where you are constantly under stress … This idea of ​​getting out of the reactive space and being more present with teammates and patients is in everyone’s interest.

Focus, clarity and a sense of grounding, explains Burkett, are central principles of mindfulness meditation.

“For anyone to be able to focus more, see more clearly, and be okay with what’s going on, these are skills that are extremely beneficial in our environments,” he says. “It also goes with growing compassion. You have more patience to listen and absorb what is around you… it is rejuvenating. And you, in turn, can make better choices. “

Decide if mindfulness is right for you

Imanoff and Burkett took care when creating their podcast to recognize that everyone came from different backgrounds and understandings.

“We have to be careful, because not all meditations should be done without a teacher or without guidance,” says Burkett. “Some meditations can trigger a reactive state, but the ones we have for this podcast are intentionally designed for those who may be new to the practice and who wish to be guided smoothly to progress at their own pace. ”

They see their podcast as one tool in a toolbox. “Mindfulness is an opportunity to reflect. It’s an audio podcast, not a therapy session, ”explains Imanoff. “Depending on where people are on their meditation journey, mindfulness presents itself in different ways for different people.”

Burkett found that practicing mindfulness supported his own periods of anxiety and depression. “It had a huge impact on my life, how I feel about myself, the way I interact with people,” he says. But, “You can use mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention, but that’s not exactly what we do. If you are continuing the journey you may want a teacher or a seated group.

Imanoff and Burkett don’t want others to feel guilty about not starting the practice right away.

Sometimes it’s a matter of timing

Introduced to mindfulness meditation during a very stressful time in her life, even Imanoff was skeptical at first. “I had two kids under the age of two (and I was a) graduate student, full-time teacher; what five minutes did I even get? But I did, ”she says. “And now I sit for a minimum of 10 minutes because the perks make me more productive, less responsive to my kids. It bleeds into all aspects of my life.

“You may not be ready for meditation yet. If you’re willing to give it a try, it looks different than when you force it. I know that during a time of high stress my initial response to meditation was very different from when I was ready and willing to really try. But it’s not for everyone.

Burkett says that practicing mindfulness can be done anywhere, for any length of time. “It doesn’t even have to last five minutes,” he says. “In the (last) episode we’ll be talking about integrating into everyday life. While you’re in the elevator brushing your teeth, find 10 seconds every so often throughout the day.

The eight-part podcast, Get out of reactivity, publishes episodes weekly and is available on most major podcast players.

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Study Finds Meditation Increases Recognition Of Mistakes Sun, 28 Nov 2021 07:13:00 +0000

November 28, 2021 12:43 PM STI

Michigan [US], Nov. 28 (ANI): A recent study from Michigan State University found that if you forget or make a lot of mistakes, meditation is the answer to your problems.
The research has been published in the ‘Brain Sciences Journal’.
Researchers tested how open watch meditation – or meditation that focuses on becoming aware of feelings, thoughts, or sensations as they unfold in the mind and body – alters the brain activity in a way that suggests increased recognition of errors.
“People’s interest in meditation and mindfulness exceeds what science can prove in terms of effects and benefits,” said Jeff Lin, MSU psychology doctoral student and study co-author. .
“But it’s amazing to me that we got to see how a guided meditation session can produce changes in brain activity in non-meditators,” he added.
The results suggest that different forms of meditation may have different neurocognitive effects, and Lin explained that there is little research on the impact of open surveillance meditation on the recognition of errors.
“Some forms of meditation allow you to focus on a single object, usually your breath, but open watch meditation is a little different,” Lin said.
“It allows you to focus on yourself and pay attention to everything that is going on in your mind and body. The point is to sit quietly and pay close attention to where the mind is. moves without being too caught up in the landscape, ”Lin added.
Lin and his MSU co-authors – William Eckerle, Ling Peng, and Jason Moser – recruited more than 200 participants to test how open surveillance meditation affected the way people detected and responded to errors.

The participants, who had never meditated before, were subjected to a 20-minute open-watch meditation exercise while the researchers measured brain activity by electroencephalography or EEG. Then they performed a computerized distraction test.
“EEG can measure brain activity at the millisecond level, so we got precise measurements of neural activity right after errors versus correct responses,” Lin said.
“A certain neural signal occurs about half a second after an error called a positivity error, which is related to the conscious recognition of errors. We have found that the strength of this signal is increased in meditators compared to controls,” Lin added.
Although meditators did not have immediate improvements in actual task performance, the researchers’ findings offer a promising window into the potential of sustained meditation.
“These results are a strong demonstration of what just 20 minutes of meditation can do to improve the brain’s ability to detect and pay attention to errors,” Moser said.
“It makes us more confident in what mindfulness meditation might really be able to do for performance and daily functioning right now,” Moser added.
While meditation and mindfulness have gained widespread interest in recent years, Lin is one of a relatively small group of researchers who take a neuroscientific approach to assess their psychological and performance effects.
Looking ahead, Lin said the next phase of research will be to include a larger group of participants, test different forms of meditation, and determine whether changes in brain activity can translate into behavior changes with a longer term practice.
“It’s great to see the public’s enthusiasm for mindfulness, but there is still a lot of work from a scientific standpoint to be done to understand the benefits it can have and, just as important, how it is. actually works, ”Lin said.
“It’s time we started looking at it from a more rigorous perspective,” Lin added. (ANI)

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These products aim to help children rebuild their social skills in the face of concerns about the impact of the pandemic Fri, 26 Nov 2021 18:24:51 +0000

By Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN Business

Meditation toys to help children deal with their feelings. A Lego kit for coding, focused on problem-solving skills. And an Amazon video chat portal that uses holograms, games, and puzzles to keep toddlers engaged on calls.

A recent harvest of Toys and products launched during the pandemic aim to help young children re-acclimatize to everyday life and redevelop their social and emotional skills after spending much of the past 21 months stranded at home. Simply put, these products can be designed to meet “parents who are worried about whether their children will be okay,” said Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development.

A mix of technologies and traditional toy makers have launched products with technological bells and whistles that promote socio-emotional skills, a term that refers to the way children interact with others and deal with their feelings. These skills usually begin to develop early and are often considered the greatest predictor of success later in school and beyond, according to Klein.

In September, for example, Amazon introduced the Amazon glow, a device that promises to bring video calling with family and friends to life for kids. Glow projects a 19-inch interactive space on the surface in front of the screen where children can play games, draw and interact with story books and characters from franchises like “Frozen” and “Sesame Street”.

Friends or family members using the free Glow app on iOS and Android or Amazon’s FireOS can interact with the projections in real time, allowing real-time play to be played as if they were in the same room. It also has an object scanning tool, so that a child can turn a toy into a puzzle. Glow costs $ 249 and comes with Tangram Bits puzzle pieces and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids +, a hub with thousands of books, shows, and educational apps for kids.

Interactive video chat portals aren’t entirely new. The Facebook portal features animation, augmented reality effects and music that can be used during calls or calls Story time tool, which turns users into storybook characters when reading from a digital library of children’s books. But Amazon, which has long had a collection of Alexa-controlled video gadgets, said it was increasingly interested in how technology connects families during the pandemic and wanted to improve the experience for young people.

“Kids are thrilled to make video calls with their grandparents or other family members for 30 seconds and then walk away,” a spokesperson told CNN Business before the launch. “We wanted to design something that erases the sense of physical separation and brings families together by letting children be children and bringing adults into their world, unlike what we have done in the past. We believe it could have a positive impact on the outcomes of children’s lives. “

Susie Allison, the creator of Busy toddler, popular online community for parents, said that a video chat with family or friends “never counts” as screen time because it is essential for children to bond with parents who are far away from U.S. “When we look at toys we want something active [like this] So a child is engaged and uses many skills – not something passive where the toy guides him through the play and does the work for him.

LEGO blocks have long been viewed as useful toys for socio-emotional development, but the company recently released a kit called LEGO Education SPIKE Essential ($ 275) specially designed to better develop these skills. The kit, originally designed for the classroom but available for home purchase, aims to help children understand coding and other sciences, technologies, engineering, arts and math (TO SMOKE) concepts by telling stories and working together. It comes with a handful of motors and a Bluetooth-enabled hub that connects creations, such as cars or robots, to a corresponding app that brings them to life.

The kit also includes four mini figures with their own personalities and learning styles that make them accessible and accessible to young learners. When users begin a lesson on the app, a character walks them through each problem and helps them find a solution. LEGO has stated that this is designed for encourage self-awareness and communication skills necessary for socio-emotional development.

“Even before the pandemic, we thought about the skills children need for the future, and social and emotional learning is at the center,” LEGO Education president Esben Staerk told CNN Business. “It has been part of our program for some time, but we accelerated it during the pandemic and we focused on the need. [for a kit like this] as students return to school.

Other products, such as Player Yoto, intend to help calm young minds. Yoto Player ($ 99) is a small music player that encourages kids to take the time to meditate or engage in mindfulness. By inserting physical cards into the system (some sold separately), the device unlocks popular audiobooks, music, and podcasts, including a relaxing bedtime meditation developed by a yoga teacher and Montessori teacher, without the distraction of a smartphone screen. (An even smaller, more portable version called the Yoto Play Mini ($ 60) launched last week.)

One of the hottest kids products to gain popularity in recent months is the sensory Pop It! fidgets – colorful silicone cutouts that provide the same satisfaction and stress relief as burst bubble wrap. Sales for Pop It! increased tenfold from last year, according to industry trade group The Toy Association Recount The New York Times, due partly to their popularity on social networks. There are unicorns, Mickey Mouse and Peppa the Pig Pop Its !, as well as Pop Its key chains! and Pop It! bracelet.

Some toy companies have also made pandemic-themed toys to help children better adapt to the changes brought about by Covid-19. The list includes a Fisher-Price Home Office Set with a toy laptop, headphones and a coffee mug; dolls with masks; and an antivirus chemistry kit to create soap and carry out projects that “defeat viruses, bacteria and fungi”.

While there is an increase in tech-infused social-emotional learning toys, Allison said the key is for parents to buy items that can hold their children’s attention for a longer period of time. Open-ended toys such as action figures, blocks, and dolls, while incredibly low-tech, remain key learning tools that encourage creativity, simulation, and cooperative play.

“I’m pretty confident that in a hundred years the children will still be playing with a set of wooden blocks,” she said. “You might have a little robot dog in your house, but the wooden blocks will probably be there too. “

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“I will not take the bait with hurtful or toxic comments” Tue, 23 Nov 2021 14:00:22 +0000

Sierra Capri on social networks and find peace through meditation. (Photo: Getty; designed by Quinn Lemmers)

relax it is Yahoo Life’s wellness series in which experts, influencers and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and Mental Health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to mantras that keep them afloat.

In his hit Netflix series On my block, Sierra Capri is Monsé Finnie, the confident leader of his group of high school friends. Offscreen, Capri, 23, put high school – and college, where she studied biology – in her rearview mirror. Today, the actress teamed up with St. Ives to gift a lucky student with a year of free classes and books, as well as a stash of the brand’s new Solutions line, in order to create a stress-free learning year for the contest winner.

Capri herself knows a thing or two about stress management. The actress is used to meditation, and despite her 2.4 million followers on Instagram, knows not to take social networks too much seriously. Here, Capri talks to Yahoo Life about her wellness routine and the change she made in college to make sure she needs to close her eyes.

What does wellness mean to you and how do you take care of your own well-being?

I think wellness is everything. It’s important to understand what this means to you, in terms of what you do to make sure that you stay in good mental and physical health. I have my own diet that works for me, but I think it’s different for everyone. This is important because today’s world can be very stressful.

I definitely take care of my skin. I am obsessed with the new Solutions line from St. Ives. Starting my day with my skincare routine helps me rejuvenate, and at night it helps calm me down. I have had the chance to update my skin care routine and use St. Ives Solutions cleanser, the toner. They contain 100% natural tea tree extract and it’s important in my routine to use products that are good for my sensitive skin. Over the past year, especially with COVID, I have had time to figure out what ingredients are in products and what chemicals.

How do you deal with stress when things are busy?

I always wanted to try yoga in college, and when I started doing it more and more often I switched from yoga to meditation. I started trying to find other ways to meditate if I didn’t have time for a yoga session. I wanted to do something quick, like five or 10 minutes, that could give me so much peace and joy for the rest of the day. When I started to meditate, I would sit in my room and listen to music. Sometimes I listen to the meditations on the Calm app, which I love. I light a candle. It’s good.

How do you use social media so that it doesn’t affect your mental health?

I really think social media should be fun and empowering. For me, it’s important to set limits for how long I am on social media each day. I must have thick skin when it comes to social media comments. I’ll take a quick peek, but I won’t bite the hook with hurtful or toxic comments. I will also apply the whole “no phone” policy when I am with friends and family, to make sure that I am there and in the moment, and that I am just enjoying what is going on and the people. around me.

As a former student, what strategies have you used to balance schoolwork with the rest of your life?

For me, I just had those moments where I spent at least an hour a day taking a break from everything I had to do. Sometimes if you think about everything you need to do in a day it will overwhelm you, so I tried to take it all one thing at a time. I would meditate. I would do yoga. I was going to get some food with some friends, or I was going to take a Zumba class. I think it’s important to take this time to do something for yourself and not worry about everything you have to do.

What would you like to know earlier about maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

I wish I had known earlier how what you eat and what you put into your body can affect how you feel and your mental state. I don’t think a lot of people see the connection. If you are feeling down, stressed, or happy, a lot of it can be about what you are eating. There can be a lot of chemicals in your body that disrupt your hormones, and I just didn’t know that. When I was in college and struggling for my money, I was like, “Now is the perfect time to go vegan.” It was the best sleep I had had in months. I did not turn and turn at night and I am a very light sleeper. When I did that, I would be knocked out. I had the most energy in my life. I’m not a vegan now, but I’m not against going back. You really feel the difference in your body.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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Religious community unites to call for peace after downtown shooting | Local Mon, 22 Nov 2021 00:30:00 +0000

Members of five different faith-based organizations gathered on Sunday for an interfaith march of meditation and prayer to bring hope and safety to Columbia after a series of shootings in the downtown area.

Participants represented the United Methodist Community Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, Calvary Heritage Baptist Church, Destiny Pointe Church and the Buddhist religion.

The march was organized by Tanya Heath, assistant professor of strategic communications at the University of Missouri and candidate for mayor of Columbia.

Heath came up with the idea after hearing about the violence that has taken place in the city center over the past few months.

“I grew up here so I feel very obligated to do what I can to make Columbia the best it can be,” said Heath. “People were very excited and encouraged to participate. I thought it was such a good blessing for all of us.”

Heath chose the downtown location because there are many people in the city’s epicenter. The route was drawn along the places where some of the shootings took place.

Public officials held a meeting last week after the third consecutive weekend of shootings in the city center in which at least one person was injured. Mayor Brian Treece and Police Chief Geoff Jones called on the community to end the violence.

Roger Pilkenton remembers seeing the warning tape on Fifth Street after the last shooting on November 14. A member of the Calvary Episcopal Church, Pilkenton helped organize the event alongside Heath.

He hopes the event will help create a change of mind in the community.

“Our expectation is that affecting the way we think will affect how we act; and how we act will affect what we’re going to do,” Pilkenton said.

Ryan Burke grew up in Colombia and attended the University of Missouri before going overseas to become a pastor in Baghdad.

“What is sad is that I started to see more violence in my hometown than in Baghdad,” he said. Burke was happy to see community members come together to show that there are more solutions than violence.

Heath believes the event was a success and hopes to host more walks like this. “It was just proof that there is so much good in our community,” she said.

About 20 people marched in Columbia on Sunday. Fifty other people who were out of town for the next vacation told Heath they would pray for Columbia from where they were.

“The interesting ripple effect is that people shared the invitation to the interfaith walk of meditation and prayer,” said Heath. “So we have people in England, in St. Louis and in Joplin, Missouri praying for our downtown area.”

“We had so many people praying for us before the event. We had such a beautiful weather, and there were so many nudges and touches of faith along the way,” said Heath. “We just know it’s going to make a huge difference to our city.”

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National Academy of Sports Medicine® Announces New Certified Wellness Program to Support Overall Mental and Physical Growth Thu, 18 Nov 2021 16:15:00 +0000

GILBERT, Arizona – (COMMERCIAL THREAD)–The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM®), a global leader in fitness certifications, today announced its newest program, Certified Wellness Coach (NASM-CWC). The 100% online program officially launches on December 22sd, 2021 and is now available for pre-order. NASM-CWC will integrate cutting-edge tools with expert guidance supported by a deep understanding of nutrition, fitness, recovery, mindfulness and meditation – equipping fitness professionals and enthusiasts alike. health and wellness knowledge and resources to help others live healthier and happier lives.

“As a forward-thinking company, we are constantly striving to achieve the current and future goals of our community,” said Laurie McCartney, President of NASM. “It was important for our team to develop a unique program that presents many real world scenarios. NASM-CWC gives coaches key information and evidence-based tools to better position clients for optimal wellness to live balanced and fulfilling lives.

NASM developed the CWC program to equip individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary to create and maintain physical and emotional well-being. The new program takes a two-tier approach; educate individuals on the key elements of well-being while offering innovative coaching strategies at all levels.

“The NASM-CWC program offers a holistic approach to the challenges of everyday life,” said Jaime Tartar, professor of psychology and research director at Nova Southeastern University, who was part of the team of experts who developed the program with NASM. “Many people find it difficult to maintain an appropriate exercise and nutrition regimen, which in turn leads to increased stress levels and overall poor physical and mental health. Certified Wellness Coaches are able to identify these barriers and set personalized goals based on all of the pillars that support optimal health and well-being.

In addition to providing in-depth knowledge in five areas of intervention; movement, nutrition, mental and emotional well-being, regeneration and recovery and coaching, the CWC program aims to equip the certified wellness coach with a wide range of strategies and perspectives. The evidence-based curriculum aims to provide a deeper understanding of fitness and nutrition, which other health coaching programs do not. The Wellness Coach functions as the hub that connects all aspects of health, fitness and wellness.

For more information on the Certified Wellness Coach, Click here.

About NASM: The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a world leader in physical education and certifications. Drawing on over 34 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and everyday life. . NASM provides an industry-unique training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT ™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on evidence-based scientific research. NASM has trained more than 1.3 million fitness professionals in more than 80 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellness and fitness.

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]]> Greystones Community Notice Board – Wed, 17 Nov 2021 02:00:00 +0000

Blessing of the graves

he annual Graves Blessing will take place at Redford Cemetery in Greystones on Sunday 21 November.

The service will begin at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Active retirement

Members continue to enjoy art classes on Monday, little carpet bowling on Tuesday

A news contest is open to all members. They are asked to write a story of no more than 200 words and submit it by Tuesday 23 November to GARA Secretary Alice Quinn c / o Kilian House Family Center, Greystones. A63 CK06.

New members are welcome.


North Wicklow Country Market, Wicklow’s oldest market (51 years old) takes place every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Newcastle Community Center.

The market includes fresh locally grown vegetables, bread, cakes and all kinds of pastries, savory products, jams, marmalade, syrups, 3Q relish and ketchup, eggs (chicken and duck), plants , fresh cut garden flowers, wooden planters, crafts and lamps and wooden planks made from locally sourced wood.

Coffee and tea are also served inside, according to government guidelines.

Open mic poetry

An open mic poetry reading event for Greystones and surrounding areas takes place the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Reading evenings will take place in person when a location becomes feasible.

Host Sarah Joy Thompson will lead poets and poetry lovers and give everyone the chance to read works.

Entry is free and the link to access the call is

Meditation monday

Aisling Leonard leads the meditation Monday mornings at 7 a.m. at The Cove.

“Together We Rise” is a 30-minute guided morning meditation to refocus, refresh and reset, allowing participants to greet the week with clarity, acceptance and intention.

In person and Zoom tickets are available.

The event is limited to 15 people. Aisling charges € 10 during these periods. Once the restrictions are lifted, the regular community price will be € 5. If a meditation session is canceled due to rain, she will reimburse the costs.

For a link to purchase tickets, email

Meals on wheels

Greystones Meals on Wheels operates its service two days a week.

The long-standing service provides people with delicious and healthy meals delivered to their doorstep by friendly helpers.

Those in need of these services can call 01 2877311. Volunteers are also welcome to make contact.

Resource center

The Greystones Reaches Out Family Resource Center would like to reach out to families who need this extra support.

The GFRC can connect with families themselves or put them in touch with organizations that help them.

The center also focuses on domestic violence and a new outreach clinic with Bray Women’s Refuge will be held monthly at Greystones FRC.

Additionally, Bray Women’s Refuge provides support to the Greystones community, including safety planning and court support. Their 24/7 helpline is 01 2866163.

The GFRC is located at 28 Burnaby Court and can be contacted on 01 2557528.

Tributes to the deceased

This journal offers pieces of tribute to bereaved family members within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The service is available free of charge and will be carried out taking into account your personal wishes and requests. Please contact the reporter whose details are listed above if you are interested in this or if you would like to do something to honor the memory of your recently deceased loved one.

Support against cancer

Greystones Cancer Support offices are closed but the organization can be contacted at or 01 2871601 for more information on supports and online courses.

The group’s hypnotherapist, Eymer Nolan, runs online classes for members on the first Saturday of each month.

The singing group continues every Monday evening on Zoom.

The writing group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

An online mindfulness course takes place Mondays from 10am to 11:15 am; and online chair yoga takes place on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Greystones Cancer Support’s 2021 AGM will take place on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Anyone interested in participating is requested to confirm by e-mail and zoom invitations will then be sent.


The Greystones Toastmasters meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.

Meetings are currently being held on Zoom.

Send an email to to register.

Cliff walk

The Cliff Walk remains partially closed.

It is safe to walk from Bray to the Windgates Steps, but the Greystones side is extremely dangerous and closed in some places.

The board assesses the issue and seeks solutions to the problem.

Thursday group

The next Delgany Thursday Group event will be the Christmas lunch on Thursday, December 2nd.

Lunch will begin at 12:45 p.m. at the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy.

The cost is 25 € per person.

To reserve, please contact Peter 086 8307644 or John 086 3566527 before Friday November 19th.


The Greystones Library has now reopened to the public for viewing and borrowing.

Meanwhile, online resources continue to include eBooks and audiobooks, courses, magazines, language learning and more.

Contact details for the local branch are available at

Road works

Ongoing road works north of the village of Kilcoole on the R761 / Kilcoole road are expected to continue until December 31.

Wicklow County Council has confirmed that traffic management will remain on the R761 north of the village of Kilcoole south of Kilquade Road until December 31. The road works are intended to facilitate pre-work for the proposed new Knockroe footpath.

History of the Guard

The Association of Retired Members of Garda Síochána (GRMA) invites people to participate in its project “Capturing Our History – An Oral History of An Garda Síochána 1922 – 2022”, one year after the 100th anniversary of the gardaí.

They are calling for photographs, documents, memorabilia and memorabilia from the child care service throughout this century, especially during some landmark and dark periods in the nation’s turbulent history.

Their appeal goes to all retired members, active members of Garda Síochána, their families and the general public for their participation in this event.

To include a story or keepsake, contact Mick Lernihan of the Bray branch, who is also GSRMA general secretary, on 086 8121860.

The town hall apologized for the inconvenience caused.

Food market

NeighbourFood Glenroe opened at Glenroe Farm.

The weekly market is open to orders. Buyers can register at and order online before the market closes at midnight on Tuesday.

Producers then prepare the orders and deliver them to the collection point at Glenroe Farm. Collection takes place between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Fresh produce is supplied by local businesses.


Jigsaw Wicklow can be contacted on 01 5240796 or

The service is based in Bray and is aimed at young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who live, work or attend school in Wicklow.

Any young person going through a difficult time, or someone who is worried about him, can make contact.

Resources, articles, and direct support are available at

Exercise book

Wicklow Local Sports Partnership has published a home exercise booklet for seniors.

They advise adults of all ages to be physically active at a moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes each day. These 30 minutes could be broken down into three 10-minute episodes.

The partnership says that an exercise routine will help people stay independent and live longer, with a better quality of life. The publication offers a four-week program comprising a series of exercises.

The booklet is available online at or for a hard copy call 0404 20100.

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