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May 9, 2016
Dalai Lama launches online “Atlas of Emotions”
Lion’s Roar

The New York Times has reported that the Dalai Lama has launched a digital “map of the mind.” His Holiness worked with psychologist Paul Ekman — who advised Pixar on the film Inside Out, in which the main characters are emotions — to create an “Atlas of Emotions,” to help people better understand their own minds.

The atlas breaks emotions into five major groups — as accepted by a large majority of scientists — and then delves into the experiences, shades, and triggers of those emotions. Read more.

May 6, 2016
Inner Peace? The Dalai Lama Made a Website for That
New York Times

The Dalai Lama, who tirelessly preaches inner peace while chiding people for their selfish, materialistic ways, has commissioned scientists for a lofty mission: to help turn secular audiences into more self-aware, compassionate humans.

That is, of course, no easy task. So the Dalai Lama ordered up something with a grand name to go with his grand ambitions: a comprehensive Atlas of Emotions to help the more than seven billion people on the planet navigate the morass of their feelings to attain peace and happiness. Read more.

April 26, 2016
Atlas of Emotions, our new project with the Dalai Lama and Paul & Eve Ekman

In 2014, the Dalai Lama asked his friend, scientist Dr. Paul Ekman, to design him an Atlas of Human Emotion. His Holiness was intrigued by conversations that he and Paul had been having over the years about their different views on the subject of emotion. His Holiness comes, of course, from the Buddhist tradition. Paul’s more Western view comes from over 60 years of having studied emotions all over the world, in places as far-flung as Papua New Guinea and as close to home as UCSF. The Dalai Lama has been learning about scientific understandings of emotions from Paul and his work. For example, the concept of mood is missing from the Tibetan worldview, and he’s expressed delight in this new knowledge several times. Read more.

April 25, 2016
The Inner Journey Home: How Mindfulness & Yoga can Combat Homelessness
Elephant Journal

On a list of basic necessities, mindfulness doesn’t usually make the Top 10. Shelter may provide us with a physical house, but how do we find a home mentally and emotionally within ourselves? And why is that so important in helping young people get off and stay off the streets?

My name is Forest Fein, and I lead Mindfulness for Urban Youth programs in San Francisco, designed for homeless and at-risk youth to prevent and treat stress, anxiety and depression and to nurture mental, emotional and physical well-being. Read more.

April 11, 2016
UCSF/Macy Conference Highlights GME Innovations, Commitment to Health Care Equity
UCSF School of Medicine Website

…In the closing moments of the conference, Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW, a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, presented what may be one of the more unifying yet little discussed issues in medicine – the health and wellness of doctors and residents themselves. Research shows residents suffer anywhere from 50 to 80 percent burnout rates – leading to increased stress and medical errors and decreased empathy, Ekman said. Read more.

April 1, 2016
These Short Films Show Inspiring Solutions To Homelessness
Fast Company co.exist

Walking past a homeless person on the street—especially in a city like San Francisco, where that experience might happen dozens of times a day—it’s easy to start to think that homelessness is an unsolvable problem. A new series of short films makes the point that it’s not… One film tells the story of Lava Mae, which turns old city buses into mobile showers that homeless people can use for basic hygiene (the city’s thousands of homeless people have access to only 16 showers, otherwise). Another focuses on a meditation and yoga program that helps homeless teenagers deal with the stress of living on the street. Read more.

April 1, 2016
Laughter Isn’t Just for Fools
KQED Science

Teresa Corrigan scans the dozen or so people attending her Laughter Yoga session in San Francisco. She tells us it’s time to warm up.

“Everybody say, ‘Ha-Ha-Ha. Ho-Ho-Ho,'” she demonstrates, and begins to laugh.

Corrigan is a registered nurse and certified Laughter Yoga teacher at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She leads this free session twice a month. Read more.

March 31, 2016
Talking with … A doctor who sees healing in plants

J.: You hold several positions, including chief of hematology and oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. But you’re also a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. So let’s start with that. Just what is integrative medicine?

Dr. Donald Abrams: It’s a balance between conventional and complementary treatments.  As an integrative oncologist, I embrace less high-tech means at the same time as I endorse the latest immune checkpoint inhibitor therapies. Not too many oncologists are trained to practice integrative medicine. Using all the tools in the toolbox is important. Read more.

March 23, 2016
Mindfulness – Mosaic Mural 20th Anniversary
Larkin Street Youth Services, Our Perspective, Youth Stories

“All Things Grow with Understanding” is the message behind one of the remarkable and colorful 96 panels of the mosaic mural “Putting the Pieces Together” at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance, created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995.

Mindfulness is about being in the present moment instead of being lost in unhelpful and unnecessary thoughts like ruminating on the past, future, or negative judgments. This practice teaches us how to meet our moment to moment experience with acceptance and kindness, plus helps us reduce stress and meet ourselves, others, and life with greater compassion and understanding; ultimately helping us grow as individuals and move forward in our lives. Read more.

March 17, 2016
Mindful Eating, Meditation May Lead to Better Metabolic Health
UCSF News Center

A diet and exercise program that included mindfulness training resulted in participants having lower metabolic risk factors compared to those who underwent the same program without the training, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Read more.

March 10, 2016
Eating This Way Can Improve Heart Health
TIME Magazine

Scientific evidence continues to mount that mindfulness is a fount of health and wellbeing. Recent research finds that mindfulness meditation—a relaxation exercise of sitting still, bringing attention to the breath and noticing passing thoughts without judgment—can reduce physical and emotional pain, ease symptoms of migraines and help calm aggression in kids. Read more.

March 2016
Mindfulness Research Monthly

Many individuals with obesity report over eating despite intentions to maintain or lose weight. Two barriers to long-term weight loss are reward-driven eating, which is characterized by a lack of control over eating, a preoccupation with food, and a lack of satiety; and psychological stress. Mindfulness training may address these barriers by promoting awareness of hunger and satiety cues, self-regulatory control, and stress reduction. We examined these two barriers as potential mediators of weight loss in the Supporting Health by Integrating Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) randomized controlled trial, which compared the effects of a 5.5-month diet and exercise intervention with or without mindfulness training on weight loss among adults with obesity. Read more.

February 24, 2016
The Best Nutrition Tips for Children with ADHD by Sanford Newmark, MD

Children with ADHD need plenty of healthy, unprocessed food with good amounts of fruits and vegetables. This diet is good for every child, but especially important for those with ADHD. Most children can eat a relatively poor diet and still function pretty well, at least in the short term. For the ADHD child, however, nutrition can be crucial. It can mean the difference between making it through the school day or breaking down by 11 a.m. It can mean the difference between a successful play date and a disaster. Therefore, it is extremely important to pay careful attention to what children with ADHD are eating and the effect food has on them. The following are some very specific suggestions for the ADHD child. Read more.

February 23, 2016
Update on the Atlas of Emotions
Dalai Lama’s Newsletter

Dr. Eve Ekman visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Rochester today to report on progress that has been made on the Atlas of Emotions project begun by her father Paul Ekman. She explained that although the main way for the public to access the Atlas will be online, she had brought a printed copy for His Holiness’s convenience. She told him that the aim of the project continues to be helping people and advancing science. Read more.

February 17, 2016
A Day in the Life of an Integrative Medicine Massage Therapist

Massage Magazine

Refugees who have survived political violence, patients with pancreatic cancer, infants in the intensive care unit, a woman who was hit by a bus—these are all clients Marcia Degelman, CMT, might see on a typical day at work. Her place of employment is the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, where Degelman serves as the facility’s full-time massage therapist. Read more.

January 5, 2016
Inpatient Massage Therapy
LiddleKidz Japan

Osher Center massage therapist Marcia Degelman, CMT is featured in this Japanese article. Read more (in Japanese).

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