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Get a life!

Get a life! | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
They found that the most common emotion aroused by using Facebook is envy.
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Back on the low-Facebook diet. Must cut down on my envy.

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Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings

Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Adults and children are spending more time interacting with media and technology and less time participating in activities in nature. This life-style change clearly has ramifications for our physical well-being, but what impact does this change have on cognition? Higher order cognitive functions including selective attention, problem solving, inhibition, and multi-tasking are all heavily utilized in our modern technology-rich society. Attention Restoration Theory (ART) suggests that exposure to nature can restore prefrontal cortex-mediated executive processes such as these. Consistent with ART, research indicates that exposure to natural settings seems to replenish some, lower-level modules of the executive attentional system. However, the impact of nature on higher-level tasks such as creative problem solving has not been explored. Here we show that four days of immersion in nature, and the corresponding disconnection from multi-media and technology, increases performance on a creativity, problem-solving task by a full 50% in a group of naive hikers. Our results demonstrate that there is a cognitive advantage to be realized if we spend time immersed in a natural setting. We anticipate that this advantage comes from an increase in exposure to natural stimuli that are both emotionally positive and low-arousing and a corresponding decrease in exposure to attention demanding technology, which regularly requires that we attend to sudden events, switch amongst tasks, maintain task goals, and inhibit irrelevant actions or cognitions. A limitation of the current research is the inability to determine if the effects are due to an increased exposure to nature, a decreased exposure to technology, or to other factors associated with spending three days immersed in nature.
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I talk to so many creatives who long to spend more time in nature, and also long to "get back their attention" which has been stolen by technology. Here's a study suggesting that spending time in nature will help your brain be more attentive and creative.
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James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain

James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species.
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Understand and Prevent Shoulder Injuries

Understand and Prevent Shoulder Injuries | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Target injuries in the rotator cuff and restore muscular balance.
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I seem to have very tricky shoulders - doing these yoga poses mindfully and correctly is helping!

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Changing Ourselves by Changing the Brain, by Patty de Llosa

Changing Ourselves by Changing the Brain, by Patty de Llosa | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Recent scientific breakthroughs show that the brain can be trained to react to life more openly, which could improve both our minds and our relationships. This article discusses neural retraining approaches, from Dr. Daniel Siegel's interpersonal neurobiology to several forms of neurotherapy to the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Mindfulness practice can train our brains to work in a more beneficial way.

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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center

Via Margarita Tarragona
Christi Krug's insight:

This is exciting. As a meditator, I love the idea that my brain is growing, but truly it's the experience of my heart growing that matters most to me.

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, January 7, 3:20 PM

La meditación reduce el estrés y cambia al cerebro #meditacion #PsicologiaPositiva #PosPsy

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7 Ways to Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself

7 Ways to Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it

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Using simple daily practices that alter your neural pathways, you can learn how to change beliefs, and remove negative beliefs about yourself.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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I especially like the concept of "afformations" vs. affirmations - !

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 3, 2:39 PM

A useful approach for changing whatever stories are not working, in ourselves, our countries, our world.

Christi Krug's comment, January 6, 2:47 PM
So many great resources, Cathryn, here and on all your sections. Thank you!
Cathryn Wellner's comment, January 6, 7:25 PM
Thanks so much, Christi. That's very kind.
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What Happened When I Tried Rejection Therapy

What Happened When I Tried Rejection Therapy | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Rejection Therapy is a game with one rule: ask for something and get shot down. It is the least fun game I've ever played — and I plan on playing it for the rest of my life.  I first heard about Rejection Therapy on the Invisibilia podcast. Jason Comely created the concept in 2009. Now
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I love this idea! So pertinent for a writer. Or for anyone seeking what is possible when we minimize fear . . . .

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The Scientific Benefits Of Mind-Wandering

The Scientific Benefits Of Mind-Wandering | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Losing focus and giving in to distractions might not be so bad for us after all.
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So the thing about distractions is . . . um, what was I saying? Seriously, as a divergent thinker, I've found it best to use this energy rather than fight it or think I always have to fix it.

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4 Surprising Keys To Transforming A Binge - Divine Hunger | Jenna Abernathy | Eating Psychology Coach

4 Surprising Keys To Transforming A Binge - Divine Hunger | Jenna Abernathy | Eating Psychology Coach | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
When a client comes wanting to fix her binging, she is often surprised at the counterintuitive approaches I offer. For starters, I don’t believe that binging means she is broken, insane or weak willed. In fact I think it’s a sign that something is working, and that something is asking for attention. Binging is powerful. It’s how an important part…
Christi Krug's insight:

These strategies are wonderful - not just for binge eating, but other kinds of addictive behaviors, too. Jenna's insights bring real transformation; they help me stay in the moment and recognize when *something is wanting my attention.*

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Weekly Practice (Clinging & Craving) : Secular Buddhist Association

Weekly Practice (Clinging & Craving) : Secular Buddhist Association | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
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All about clinging and craving, from a Buddhist perspective. This reminds me of the contemplative Christian perspective of Thomas Keating, who talks about letting go of "programs of happiness." 

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Is There a Link Between Creativity and Addiction?

Is There a Link Between Creativity and Addiction? | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Addiction starts with genetics and the environment, but is triggered by stress
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Studying the creative addictive personality - from the inside out - and also observing others.

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Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.
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I'm becoming more and more passionate about listening. According to Roman Krznaric, listening is one of the six habits of highly empathic people.

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7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose

7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Find your life purpose with these seven funny and thought-provoking questions.
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When it comes to identifying purpose, I especially love revisiting the 8-year-old self, asking questions, and discovering what most touches her heart.
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David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
David Whyte is a poet and philosopher who believes in the power of a “beautiful question” amidst the drama of work as well as the drama of life — amidst the ways the two overlap, whether we want them to or not.
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EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - Kintsugi

‘Kintsugi’ is the remarkable Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with elegance and grace - a tradition with a lot to teach us more generally about how t...
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"Render the fault lines beautiful and strong." If we can hold our lives with such artistry and tenderness, we will find celebration where once there was only disappointment.

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The Proliferation of All That Will Ever Be

The Proliferation of All That Will Ever Be | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
It can be easy to fall into distorted channels of self-doubt and self-criticism. But, rather than trying to suppress those feelings, personal empowerment may come from acknowledging, relating, and directing them may lead to a more spacious life.
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Acknowledging, relating and directing emotion . . . to create flow.

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A Fire By Night: Wild Geese & Abandon: What We Need is Here

A Fire By Night: Wild Geese & Abandon: What We Need is Here | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
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Poetry, Abandon, Wild Geese, and Marriage . . . What it means to let go and allow changes in relationship.

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6 Lies that Keep Our Homes and Lives Cluttered

6 Lies that Keep Our Homes and Lives Cluttered | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
This change in our lives, eliminating the unnecessary so we can focus more on what really matters, has caused me to evaluate my own thoughts and beliefs.
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Eliminating the unnecessary. Yes.

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Breaking Silence, Blogging Mindfully - Christi Krug

Breaking Silence, Blogging Mindfully - Christi Krug | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
I have been deciding what to say about not saying anything. Just over a week ago, I was immersed in silence. I didn’t post, text, email, or make a phone call for 11 days. For ten days I did not speak. The silence was part of a 12-day meditation course, and the silence was not …
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Emerging from silence, I'm getting a little perspective about why I still blog . . . .

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If you want to be more generous, gratitude isn’t enough

Expressing gratitude is a November tradition. By giving thanks, we help others feel appreciated and remind ourselves of how fortunate we are.

 

 

But if we want to promote a spirit of generosity, we need to add another custom to the Thanksgiving repertoire.

 

 

Although gratitude is a powerful emotion, it’s also a fleeting one. Research shows that when we say thanks, we become motivated to pay back or forward what we’ve received. Then the emotion fades and the giving stops.

 

A few years ago, Jane Dutton and I asked people to donate a portion of their money to relief efforts for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The base rate of giving in a control group was 13%. When we randomly assigned a second group of people to list three things they had received from others, donations climbed to 21%.

 

Not bad… until we saw that a different exercise spiked the giving rate above 46%.

 

 

Instead of reflecting on what they had received, we asked a third group to write down three things that they had contributed to others. Now they saw themselves as givers, and here was a chance to earn that identity by helping victims of a natural disaster.

 

 

Gratitude is a temporary emotion. Giving is a lasting value.

 

 

In another experiment, we asked university fundraisers to keep a daily journal about what they had received from others or contributed to others. Over the next two weeks, the fundraisers who reflected on giving increased their total effort by 25%—and put in 13% more hourly effort than their colleagues who wrote about receiving. Having reminded themselves that they were the kinds of people who cared about others, they became invested in giving more.

 

 

According to a popular mantra, we should give without remembering and receive without forgetting. Our research suggests otherwise: we should take the time to remember both what we’ve given and what we’ve received.

 

 

So this Thanksgiving, don’t just count your blessings. Count your contributions too.

 

 

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. 


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Staying Present While Thinking - YouTube

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When I talk to groups and classes about using the critical faculties (what I call "Dr. Codger" mind), I emphasize the importance of a break between creating and revising. I just heard these suggestions by Eckhart Tolle on how to engage presence *before* using the critical faculties. Yes! This is absolutely in line with what I've experienced and taught.

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What if we believed that shame is actually the compass?

What if we believed that shame is actually the compass? | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
“You know, I once read an interesting book, which said that, uh, most
people lost in the wilds, they, they die of shame. Yeah, see, they die
of shame. ‘What did I do wrong? How could I have gotten myself into
this?’ And so they sit there and they... die.”

— David Mamet

In healing from trauma, shame should be one of the biggest indicators of
healing, of being on the right track. When shame hits, we should all feel
good—that things are moving, shifting, healing. Like when a wou
Christi Krug's insight:

I love what Gretchen Schmelzer says about shame. It gets triggered in the midst of the healing process, and can make us react in fear and self-doubt. 

 

This feels so similar to my journey dealing with trauma. I heal, I triumph, I feel wonderful and "over it" and then my growth takes me into new territory where I feel lost. And then comes the shame. I need to acknowledge the expanding horizons of healing and remember that it is perfectly okay to feel the way that I feel.

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5 Signs You Have An Addictive Personality

5 Signs You Have An Addictive Personality | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
Even if the line is thin or blurred at times, there's still a barrier between acceptable behavior or enjoyment of hobbies and addiction. But how do you know if you've taken it a step too far?
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I am exploring the link between creativity and addiction, and it's a strong one. 

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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.
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So simple that we overlook it: to conquer addiction, we just need to engineer our lives in happy ways.

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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | The Art of Mindful Living | Scoop.it
After the First World War, traumatized soldiers were often prescribed a course of reading.
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Bibliotherapy! What a lovely idea.

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