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Madonna’s ” Medellin” Here

Madonna’s “Medellín” Video Is Here and as Wild As You’d Think

The Madonna renaissance is in full swing. Today the pop icon released her first music video in four years: the visual for “Medellín,” the lead single from her upcoming album Madame X. As you can expect, it is wild. In the clip, Madonna does everything from sucking her own toes to getting married to Colombian reggaeton singer Maluma, who guests on the track. All the while, Madonna shows off an impressive array of eye patches — no explanation necessary.

The Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó-directed video begins with “Like a Prayer” vibes. At the beginning, Madonna prays in a church, the act of which doubles as a meditation on resistance and optimism in the face of loss and pain. “Dear god,” Madonna says, “How could I trust anyone after years of disappointment and betrayal? How could I not want to run away again and again? Escape. I will never be what society expects me to be. I’ve seen too much. I cannot turn back. I have been kidnapped, tortured, humiliated and abused. In the end I still have hope. I still believe in the goodness of humans. Thank god for nature.”

That monologue, however, has little bearing on the rest of the video, which plays out like a fantasy with Malum using a riding crop on Madonna and, later, taking off the garter she wears with a white wedding dress and matching cowboy hat. The pair’s chemistry comes across equally in the video and song.

As for the cowboy hat, it’s a fitting nod to her 2000 Music album, where she wears one on the cover. Sonically, the reference is also apt since the producer of that seminal album also shaped the sound of Madonna’s new one, which is her followup to 2015’s Rebel Heart. Madonna has been teasing her new collaborations with Mirwais on Instagram, throughout the recording process, with help from her daughter Estere.

Other collaborators Madonna has been working with on Madame X include Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, Migos’ Quavo, and Brazilian superstar Anitta. The album is out June 14, which means that it’s just a matter of time before Madonna becomes once again inescapable.

3 Moments Of Mindfulness

Woman meditating in a park while sitting under a tree.

3 moments for mindfulness in your everyday

Practicing mindfulness is a skill we’d all like to master. With magazines, websites, workshops, and retreats dedicated to mindfulness, it’s clearly an important topic in health and wellness.

 

It can help you manage stress, be present in the moment, and focus on the task at hand. In a 2018 study, Harvard scientists found that the mere act of clearing your mind for 15 minutes each day alters how your genes operate. They also found mind-body practices that create a relaxation response can reduce blood pressure.*

 

Michael Kanter, MD, medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis for Southern California Permanente Medical Group, highlights the fact that mindfulness is a practice for the betterment of health. “Scientific studies have shown that the practice of mindfulness can in fact help our members improve their total health — body, mind, and spirit. Individuals who practice mindfulness techniques report better mental and physical health, and quality of life compared to those who do not practice mindfulness.”

 

But how do we make mindfulness part of our everyday lives? The key is to start practicing in the moments that work best for you.

 

Understanding mindfulness

 

Mindfulness simply means awareness. You intentionally pay attention to the present moment while putting aside your everyday tendencies. For example, you might focus on your breath and surroundings instead of rushing through a meal while staring at your phone.

 

According to Marsha Lucas, PhD, psychologist and author of Rewire Your Brain for Love, “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It’s a practice that trains your brain to be more efficient and better integrated, with less distractibility and improved focus. It minimizes stress and even helps you become your best self.”

 

Moments for mindfulness

 

To begin your own practice, find moments in your daily routine that work for you:

 

  • When you wake up — A mindfulness practice first thing in the morning helps set the ‘tone’ for the rest of the day, increasing the likelihood of other mindful moments. Whether you’re sipping a cup of coffee, showering, or brushing your teeth, take a moment to concentrate on your breath. Deep breaths help bring more oxygen into your body and improve blood circulation. Then zero in on the sight, sound, smell, taste, and feel of these activities.

 

  • While you wait — There are many moments in a day when we’re waiting. While our instinct may be to stare at our phones or feel frustrated, you could instead make the most of the time. According to Ed Halliwell, mindfulness teacher and co-author of the book The Mindful Manifesto, waiting is actually an opportunity for mindfulness. When you’re waiting, he suggests bringing your attention to your breath. Focus on “the flow of the breath in and out of your body, from moment to moment and allow everything else to just be, even if what’s there is impatience or irritation.”

 

  • While you eat — Mindful eating means choosing food that is pleasing to you and good for you, while using all your senses to explore, savor, and taste. Mindful eating is also learning to be aware of physical hunger and cues that guide your decision to begin — and to stop — eating. For example, you can practice mindful eating at your next meal by following these simple tips:
    • Eat in a set place. Sitting at a table is better than your desk or on the couch.
    • Focus on what you’re about to eat with a sense of gratitude.
    • Concentrate on the act of eating. Chew your food slowly. Take in the texture and the sensations in your mouth.

It may seem like a lot to remember, but the key is finding small ways to incorporate mindfulness into everyday moments. With these small changes, you’ll be on your way to a more mindful — and healthier — day.

 

For more information on mindfulness and wellness resources, visit our mental health and wellness resource center.

 

*Richard Knox, “Harvard Study: Clearing Your Mind Affects Your Genes and Can Lower Your Blood Pressure,” NPR News’ WBUR CommonHealth, April 6, 2018, wbur.org/commonhealth/2018/04/06/harvard-study-relax-genes.

Everyone Loves Ulta Beauty

Teens outside Ulta Beauty | Source: Getty Images

Teens outside Ulta Beauty | Source: Getty Images

Burgers With Spinach, Lemon & Garlic

Burgers made with spinach, lemon zest and garlic

From Kaiser Permanente

One of the versions of turkey burgers I’ve offered in the past are a decadent version made with blue cheese (usually from Point Reyes Station here in West Marin — search for them on this site if you haven’t yet tried them and add about 1/3 cup of minced fresh cilantro). Trying to get more veggies into our diets is always a goal so I was happy to find a way to incorporate spinach into a summer staple. These can be made with ground turkey or lean grass fed beef. By the time you add the spinach and other ingredients, a half cup measuring cup makes four burgers per pound of ground meat.

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey or beef or a mixture of both
  • 10 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Fire up the grill. Saute the spinach in a little olive oil until it wilts. In a large bowl, mix the turkey or beef, spinach, lemon zest, garlic, salt, and pepper. There’s something about seeing wide veins of green in these burgers that is very satisfying. Make healthier quarter pounders using the half cup measuring cup to get an equal amount per burger then flatten them on waxed paper. Grill them until done making sure you get those cool grill marks. Serve them, of course, on whole grains buns with whatever else you usually put on burgers.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • (does not include bun)
  • Calories: 183
  • Fat: 10 gm
  • Saturated fat: 3 gm
  • Trans fat: 0 gm
  • Cholesterol: 90 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 2 gm
  • Fiber: 1 gm
  • Sodium: 338 mg
  • Protein: 21 gm

Contributor

Preston Maring, MD


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