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How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are)

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At one time or another, we’ve all experienced rushing mindlessly through our daily routines, missing how there are many opportunities to turn routine activities into moments for mindfulness, (How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are)...


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ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 4:57 AM

The operational word is: Practice.  Pema Chodron would say one is learning from the Busy Buddha or the Rushing Buddha.

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How can you practice mindfulness today?  It's simple really, and here are a few very simple ways to enjoy the benefits of living a mindful life.

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[video] Exercise Your Mind Just Like Your Abs With 10-Minute Mindfulness - Huffington Post

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Exercise Your Mind Just Like Your Abs With 10-Minute Mindfulness Huffington Post As Konnikova recently wrote in the New Yorker, achieving mindfulness can be just as easy as "10-Minute Abs." Faithfully practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes each day...


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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, February 20, 6:51 AM

Core Mindfulness  Core Value  Core Abs

ROI =Breathing for Business.

ozziegontang's curator insight, February 21, 5:03 PM

A reminder that Mindfulness is a "practice."

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Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks

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Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and
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» Mindfulness & Meditation: Resting in Stillness - World of Psychology

» Mindfulness & Meditation: Resting in Stillness - World of Psychology | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Two broad categories of results can sum up most people’s purposes for meditating. The first is to fully experience the present moment and to encounter thoughts and bodily sensations without judgment. The second is to enter a place of calmness away from the reactivity that can overwhelm us.


One meditator sails into the maelstrom, the other seeks a temporary shelter from the storm. The most interesting thing is that each result comes from the same basic techniques. So what the meditator seeks, and how much time he or she is willing to put into it, determines the outcome.



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ozziegontang's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:12 AM

Dorothy Mitchell, a dear friend and professor of counseling for 30+ years at Long Beach State shared this which is on my wall as a reminder:  Am I awake and fully present and living my life intentionally?


I have always enjoyed this quote:  If you want to live your dream; WAKE UP.

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Room to Breathe

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Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.


"Room to Breathe", a documentary film about how mindfulness transformed a challenging San Francisco public middle school classroom, airs on over 58% of households across the United States on PBS's World Channel on Wed, Oct. 30 at 7 pm ET, with encores on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at Harvard on the power of mindfulness in education | Harvard Magazine

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IN THE EARLY 1990s, scientist, writer, and world-renowned mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinnencountered Cherry Hamrick, a teacher in the small town of South Jordan, Utah, who wanted to bring mindfulness—the act of paying attention on purpose in the present moment—into her elementary school. Worried about how a largely Mormon community might react to such practices, Kabat-Zinn told the young teacher not to do it.

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Healthy Habits of Mind - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents

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Mette Bahnsen, a filmmaker in Denmark, has made a beautifully produced film about integrating mindfulness into education called “Healthy Habits of Mind”, which features:

  • NEUROSCIENCE: leading neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson explains the science behind mindfulness and how it can increase happiness and well-being in youth.

  • IN-CLASS INSTRUCTION: see kindergarten teacher Renee Harris (a Mindful SchoolsCurriculum Training graduate) teaching mindful breathing, listening, eating, movement, and heartfulness in her Berkeley, California public school classroom.

  • TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS: the film peeks into a Mindful Schools Curriculum Training course taught by Program Directors Megan Cowan and Chris McKenna.

  • THE VALUE OF MINDFULNESS IN EDUCATION: interviews with Megan Cowan, Renee Harris, and Dr. Richard Davidson explain why mindfulness belongs in schools.

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Schools should be mindful places.  In my experience they rarely are.  What can a teacher do? Create a mindful classroom! 

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todo lo que sea mejorar las condiciones para el aprendisaje presta gran utilidad

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How does meditation actually work?

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Neuroscientists are researching centuries-old Buddhist mindfulness techniques and their effects on the brain
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3 Things That Make Mindfulness Extremely Difficult

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Instructing somebody to meditate -- to release or dis-identify with his or her thoughts -- is like trying to instruct somebody to instantly sneeze, or like telling someone just not to think, when the mind but built to do little else but that.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, June 20, 2013 7:49 PM

What Ira shares is mirrored in understanding communication and communicating with understanding. It's not what we know that gets us in trouble. It's what we know that just ain't so that does.

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

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Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:46 AM

Greenberg provides basic concepts of mindfulness. A mindfulness practice fosters a deeper connection to self and grounds your very being in the present moment. In the Christian tradition centering prayer opens oneself to the presence of God within and deeply into the experience of the sacrament of the present moment. Learning to say 'Yes!' is an invitation to living beyond words, emotions, and thoughts and leading from within. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:42 PM

No need to add.. Read Annette Schmeling's insight. For those that have read Melanie's blog post, it is a good reminder and also a good piece to share with others inquiring about Mindfulness.


Thomas Aquinas said when asked how do you explain the world. Explain the world in terms of God.  The follow on question flowed quite naturally: How do  you explain God.  He said: You explain God in terms of complete and absolute Mystery.


Lee Thayer's next book in process is on Mental Hygiene. All that we address and talk about are human explanations and interpretations. What we speak of as reality is something that we will never know as it is always seen through the eyes of the beholder.


We say: I learn from my experience. What we mean is: I learn from my interpretations of my experience. I realize I may have the same  near death experience as you and our interpretations of that experience may be polar opposite.

Peter L Wiltshire's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:23 AM

Mindfulness is a way of being present to yourself and the present moment. It is also a process of becoming your true self.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses

Renowned mindfulness meditation teacher and best-selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at UCSD Medical Center on the topic of "Coming to Our Senses", which is...

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ozziegontang's curator insight, June 11, 2013 5:14 AM

A good listen on coming to Our Senses.

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Karen Sothers: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Scripps La Jolla)

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I just graduated from this wonderful class. 


I recommend it without a full heart.  I learned so much!


Take the next step!

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Dr. Christine Carter Mindfulness Makes Us Happier!

Dr. Christine Carter Mindfulness Makes Us Happier! | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
How well parents manage their own stress is one of the top three most important factors for children’s success and happiness. Registration is now open for our
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Here's information about an online class in mindful parenting.  Good news for those stressed by the lifelong responsibility of raising children. 

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Mindfulness & Movement: A Movement To Help Children Move

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Caring for the Future


My daughters from early childhood were raised with the saying: If you want to know the future, create it.


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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 17, 6:04 PM

Leah Kalish and a growing group of teachers and educators have committed to bring a mindfulness approach along with movement to school children of all ages from early childhood development through K to 12.  UCSD Center for MIndfulness holds it yearly conference in early February: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: MIndfulness in Clincal Practice, Education and Reserach where the growing number of educators, researchers, and clinicians come together to share what is working.


Google "Mindfulness & Children" to see what is being done around the globe. So much good information and sharing is available.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 17, 6:09 PM

Leah Kalish and a growing group of teachers and educators have committed to bring a mindfulness approach along with movement to school children of all ages from early childhood development through K to 12.  UCSD Center for MIndfulness holds it yearly conference in early February: Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: MIndfulness in Clincal Practice, Education and Reserach where the growing number of educators, researchers, and clinicians come together to share what is working.


Google "Mindfulness & Children" to see what is being done around the globe. So much good information and sharing is available.

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The Mindfulness Revolution: How Mindfulness Meditation Is ...

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The mindfulness revolution is a movement whose time has come. Mindfulness meditation is bridging the gap between science and spirituality.


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Mindful Magazine February 2014 Issue | Mindful

Mindful Magazine February 2014 Issue | Mindful | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
When he started MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn didn’t have a detailed plan—just passion and an inkling that lots of good would come of it. Now, 35 years later, he talks with us about the present and future of mindfulness.
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The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute

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Mindfulness: How a meditation practice can help kids with ADHD, anxiety, autism and depression become less anxious, more focused, and more in charge of their own behavior
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Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppala Ph.D.

Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppala Ph.D. | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. This infographic summarized some of the key findings about the benefits of meditation.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 26, 2013 11:14 AM

What's not to LOVE ... Meditation gives you a BADASS BRAIN with increased WISDOM and PERSPECTIVE!


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Claudia Morcueto's curator insight, October 27, 2013 6:39 PM

Diez razones científicamente probadas para comenzar a meditar hoy mismo.

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 1, 2013 7:13 PM

I started meditating a few months ago. It's the best thing I have done for myself in years. It's incredibly calming and helps me focus on what's important.

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Our Courses - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents

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Courses for learning mindfulness and teaching it to children
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As a classroom teacher I worked at creating a mindful learning environment, especially around my writing workshop.  IF I'd known more about the mindful classroom, I would have been a better teacher.


Now I have a chance to improve! 

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10 Surefire Ways to Mindful Living

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I recently came across this list via Pinterest, printed it out, and hung it in my bedroom on my mirror, on my fridge, and I am currently using it as a bookmark (yes, I still read actual books with real pages).

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Mindfulness: Why am I crying?

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As I type this there are tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. This same thing happens when I read a poem, ...


I know it took practice and time.  The measure of performance is: Performance. And when it is executed flawlessly, I am moved. For a part of me knows what it takes to achieve that performance.

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

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Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:46 AM

Greenberg provides basic concepts of mindfulness. A mindfulness practice fosters a deeper connection to self and grounds your very being in the present moment. In the Christian tradition centering prayer opens oneself to the presence of God within and deeply into the experience of the sacrament of the present moment. Learning to say 'Yes!' is an invitation to living beyond words, emotions, and thoughts and leading from within. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:42 PM

No need to add.. Read Annette Schmeling's insight. For those that have read Melanie's blog post, it is a good reminder and also a good piece to share with others inquiring about Mindfulness.


Thomas Aquinas said when asked how do you explain the world. Explain the world in terms of God.  The follow on question flowed quite naturally: How do  you explain God.  He said: You explain God in terms of complete and absolute Mystery.


Lee Thayer's next book in process is on Mental Hygiene. All that we address and talk about are human explanations and interpretations. What we speak of as reality is something that we will never know as it is always seen through the eyes of the beholder.


We say: I learn from my experience. What we mean is: I learn from my interpretations of my experience. I realize I may have the same  near death experience as you and our interpretations of that experience may be polar opposite.

Peter L Wiltshire's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:23 AM

Mindfulness is a way of being present to yourself and the present moment. It is also a process of becoming your true self.

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Mindfulness & Monkey Mind: Thoughts are viruses

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  The ancestor of every action is thought. -- Emerson   Steve Robertson reminds us in this Huffington Report article Mindfulness and Monkey Mind: Our ...

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ozziegontang's curator insight, June 15, 2013 12:20 PM

Some of my thoughts after reading Steve Robertson's Mindfulness & Monkey Mind and how Lee's thoughts reflect that same Mindfulness when it comes to who is responsible in communication.


My message in any medium is not a message if it is not accessed and interpreted by some person.


My message is not a message if the receiver doesn't take my message into account.


My message is not the message I intended if the other person interprets it other than the way I intended.


So the learning lesson for me, if I am able to hear is:

The one who interprets my message

is always the one who is in control.


So it is my responsibility as the receiver of the communication for getting the message the person speaking to me intended.


My communication and all communication have consequences. Those consequences involve me and the other(s) who hear my communication.Those consequences  are independent of intentions (mine or theirs, communication skills (mind or theirs) or whatever is going on in life (mine or theirs).


This brings us back to my blog and the quotes from Lee on the metaphor of communication being like a virus.  The Kalama Sutra said the same thing over 2500 years ago.

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"Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers " - UC Santa Barbara News Release | Teacher Learning Networks

"Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers " - UC Santa Barbara News Release | Teacher Learning Networks | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers

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Research continues to verify what many of us experience on a daily basis. Mindfulness is a way to improve your thinking. 

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ozziegontang's curator insight, April 22, 2013 8:35 AM

Just a reminder that while all this amazing research is being done; the human part of the story is:  Mindfulness Is A Practice.


It is about quieting the chatter. It is realizing that multi-tasking is an abstraction and a distraction. 


Sorkh Razil is a reminder of how easy it is to lose one's humanity to technology.  Lee Thayer put it: We create technology and then technology creates us.  I would add, we forget that our most advanced technological tool is our brain shared in this group of herd/back animals called humanity.


I cannot teach you anything.  I can share my perspective and interpretation.


As Siddhartha shared:  I can think. I can wait. I can fast.


Sitting quietly, I can observe my thoughts. I can wait as I go back to observing my breath.  It is interesting that we call it fasting whereas we are slowing by not being consumed by the comsuming we need for staying alive. In such a practice we get more deeply in touch with our being alive.

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Mindful Schools Certification

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A comprehensive year-long training for teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents. Deepen your personal practice, improve your presence and intention at work, and integrate mindfulness practice and techniques with children and adolescents.
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Midnfulness and schools: a magic combination?  While I doubt that public schools will go this way, charter and private schools certainly will. 

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