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Mindfulness for Beginners: Jon Kabat-Zinn -

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness

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This short body scan meditation is superb. Kabat-Zinn leads your attention to that place we seek. I found my breath synchronizing with the words.  I'm a beginner. I'm grateful for this guided mindful meditation practice.

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Shared by Dennis O'Connor. Jon Kabat-Zinn's helpful guidance for Beginner's Mind.

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Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking

Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Walking meditation, also called mindful walking, combines the basic principles of meditation, such as breathing, concentration and relaxation with rhythmic walking. “As with traditional meditation, walking meditation can reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, create feelings of well-being, help you sleep, improve your mood and help you manage stress,” says Shirley Archer, a fitness expert who teaches walking meditation workshops at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

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This article presents 5 practices to help you into mindful walking.  The third practice "Find a Mantra" rang my memory bell and helped be understand that all the years I spent hiking and climbing were in so many way mindful walking. 


I used the mountaineer's rest step and a simple chant to climb high passes with a heavy pack. It was very hard work that on occassion lead to bliss. 


Thinking back on those experiences fills my mind with ease. My travel memories are a rich library. Evoking the best of them makes now a more mindful place. 

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Appeal of Writing Memoirs Grows, as Do Publishing Options

Appeal of Writing Memoirs Grows, as Do Publishing Options | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Whether writing only for family and friends or for a broader audience, more retirees are looking to share compelling moments from their lives.
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Why Creative People Age Better

Why Creative People Age Better | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare bett...
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Meet 10 Inspiring People Who Transformed Their Lives After 50

Meet 10 Inspiring People Who Transformed Their Lives After 50 | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Huff/Post 50 recently asked readers to submit nominations of people who've reinvented themselves for the better after age 50 as part of an initiative launched with the TODAY show called "50 Over 50." We were overwhelmed with submissions...
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Susan Sontag on the perils of publicity in creative work

Susan Sontag on the perils of publicity in creative work | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it

'Publicity in general is a very destructive thing, for any artist'.


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To Spring From The Hand - The life and work of Paulus Berensohn

To Spring From The Hand - The life and work of Paulus Berensohn | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
A documentary examining the life and philosophy of artist Paulus Behrenson—acclaimed craft artist, dancer and philosopher.
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First a dancer, then a potter, always a storyteller, artist at living.

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How Keeping a Diary Can Surprise You

How Keeping a Diary Can Surprise You | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that looking back at records of our everyday experiences is a lot more fun than we might expect.
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John Yau and Justine Kurland Discuss The Relationship of Photography, Poetry and Narrative

John Yau and Justine Kurland Discuss The Relationship of Photography, Poetry and Narrative | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
The following email exchange with the photographer Justine Kurland focuses on her exhibition, Sincere Auto Care, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, which is accompanied by a self-published book with the...
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Molly Fisk: The Thing With Feathers

Molly Fisk: The Thing With Feathers | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
The Thing with Feathers is hope. Anything can happen anytime—and it might be good.
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Women's Voices for Change: Redefining Life after Forty

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What Butterflies Can Teach Us About Embracing Change

What Butterflies Can Teach Us About Embracing Change | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Few creatures endure a transformation like the caterpillar who becomes a butterfly. Certainly, as humans, we've all faced our share of changes, and we've undoubtedly come out the other side smarter and stronger.

But some of the most trying shifts ...
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Bill Moyers Interview with Christian Wiman on Poetry, Love, Faith, and Cancer

Bill Moyers Interview with Christian Wiman on Poetry, Love, Faith, and Cancer | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
The poet Christian Wiman was on our list for many moons, but his interview with Bill Moyers prompted us to schedule him for this show. A must-watch.
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The video of the interview is here.

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‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,’ a Victory Lap at MoMA

‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,’ a Victory Lap at MoMA | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” at the Museum of Modern Art, presents about 100 painted-paper works, produced during a difficult era for the artist.
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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in
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Intergenerational program turning Jewish stories into art

Intergenerational program turning Jewish stories into art | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Three-year grant allows gerontology school to support creative aging activities in Los Angeles.
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Ethan Hawke Films ‘Seymour: An Introduction’

Ethan Hawke Films ‘Seymour: An Introduction’ | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
After meeting Seymour Bernstein, a concert pianist who became a teacher, Ethan Hawke thought someone should make a documentary about him. So he did.
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Te Papa's Blog | Young children respond to China: Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint

Te Papa's Blog | Young children respond to China: Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
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The hedgehog and the fox: Italo Calvino on the two types of writers

The hedgehog and the fox: Italo Calvino on the two types of writers | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it

'I am a fox, even though I dream of being a hedgehog in all my dreams, and even though I try to write hedgehog books if you take each of them one by one'.


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9 Women Who Are Changing The Way We View Body Image In Dance

9 Women Who Are Changing The Way We View Body Image In Dance | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, The New York Times ran a profile on Kathryn Morgan, a former New York City Ballet soloist who, after suffering through a string of illnesses related to her under-functioning thyroid, has become some what of a beacon of body image a...
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How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
"We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desira
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Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker

Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Since at least the time of Greek philosophers, many writers have discovered a deep, intuitive connection between walking, thinking, and writing.
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