Mindfulness would be good for you. If it weren’t so selfish.

first_imgThe Washington Post:We may live in a culture of distraction, but mindfulness has captured our attention.Books on the practice are numerous, including guides to “A Mindful Pregnancy,” “Mindful Parenting,” “Mindful Politics,” “The Mindful Diet” and “Mindfulness for Teachers.” Corporations, sports teams, even the military and police departments provide mindfulness training to their employees. A bevy of podcasts offer tips for living a mindful life, guided mindful meditation and interviews with mindfulness evangelists. Another sure sign of cultural saturation: You can order “a more mindful burger,” at Epic Burger in Chicago or an “Enjoy the ride” trucker hat from Mindful Supply Co.I was dismayed when mindfulness began to encroach on my field: psychology, and specifically the treatment of suicidal behavior. A psychiatrist colleague’s proposal for a book on bipolar disorder prompted a pre-publication reviewer to request “less lithium, more mindfulness” — even though less lithium can lead to more death by suicide in patients with bipolar disorder.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Global moves

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Deep BV Gearing Up for Borssele OWF Zone Work

first_imgOn January 12, in the Port of IJmuiden, Deep BV started the mobilisation of the vessels to be used for the geophysical survey of Sites I and II of the Borssele Wind Farm Zone. Depending on the weather, the due date for the survey is mid-March and will be followed by a geotechnical investigation.The geophysical survey is part of the surveys as described in the Project and Site Description of the Borssele Wind Farm Zone on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).Press release; Image: RVOlast_img

Writer’s Block: Life’s what happens when…

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected]…you’re busy making other plans.Things don’t always go according to plan. Whether those plans are long term goals, or even something as minor as what to eat for lunch, our plans don’t always work out.Sometimes, you’re standing at home plate expecting a fastball and see that it’s a changeup instead. Just as you’re mentally sighing in frustration, you take a swing and end up knocking it out of the park. That’s sort of what happened with me on Sunday.With Beach-N-Biker Fest coming to the Island, I had been busy making plans for how I wanted to approach covering the event. A trained photographer, I was excited to put my photojournalism chops to the test again, but Mother Nature had other ideas.For days the weather forecast had warned of severe weather: rain, wind, the possibility of hail. And since areas north of the Valley were indeed under such an onslaught it wasn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility to see that here. It did end up raining, but not much, and not very hard. Still, I think the gloomy forecast may have kept some riders away.So that’s what found me on Sunday afternoon, meandering around the Convention Centre somewhat distraught by the fewer number of riders around in comparison to Saturday’s bustle. I had gotten shots of almost everything I had planned to, except one thing: perspective shots of a group of bikers crossing the Causeway — one of the most iconic landmarks of the Laguna Madre region.As I walked around I began to lose hope. The bikers who remained didn’t appear to be part of groups or clubs. The few I approached confirmed as much. I had had a vision of the images I wanted to create, and as I continued to walk around, I began to see that vision evaporate. I texted a couple of friends my frustrations while I walked out to the far end of the parking lot where I’d left my car.I sat there still talking with them for a few minutes when my parents called to say they wanted to have lunch. Sunday afternoon lunches are a bit of a tradition with us, so the call spurred me back into movement. On my way back to the mainland I saw about half a dozen riders sitting in the grass outside a restaurant. Hope flickered.I turned around and introduced myself, telling them of the photographs I’d been trying to get. Turns out they are part of a riding club from the Upper Valley called the Iron Saintz. I asked if I could join them when they crossed the Causeway, and they agreed! We met up later that afternoon and I got to ride with one of their founders.It’s only a little more than two miles across the bridge, but those few minutes spent crossing it were euphoric for me. The images I’d imagined in my mind were realized thanks to the Iron Saintz. I was so ecstatic by the time we reached the Lighthouse that I couldn’t keep the smile off my face.Sometimes you make plans and they fall through. Sometimes, things end up working out anyway. My thanks to the Iron Saintz! And as always, don’t forget to visit us online at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: Spring Break NearsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] “To everything … there is a season,” or so goes the popular song that borrowed its lyrics from the Bible. And it would seem we are once again on the cusp of ending one season and beginning another. Have you seen the billboards…March 4, 2016In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Summer’s Almost OverBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The first week of August is always a busy one in the Laguna Madre. There’s TIFT and LKT, throngs of day trippers and tourists flocking to the beach for one last hurrah before Labor Day, and the shrill sound of whistles piercing the…August 9, 2015In “News”Writer’s Block: Don’t Rain On My ParadeBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] I’d much rather be out enjoying this weather. All week long it’s been perfect. Sunny skies, wispy clouds drifting along a backdrop of brightest azure and pleasant warmth with just the right amount of chill in the breeze to kiss your skin and…February 3, 2017In “Editor’s Column” Sharelast_img read more