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10 Unusual Places To Practice Mindfulness - What Is Dialogue?

10 Unusual Places To Practice Mindfulness - What Is Dialogue? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Bring Your Focus Back To The Present Moment Incorporating the Dialogue Process successfully into your Team is a bit like adding jet fuel to a skateboard. Dialogue can open up previously unknown channels of knowledge,insight and communication that puts your team on the superhighway of innovative and creative success. Who you may ask has the …
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Cultivating Spontaneous Moments of Mindfulness

Cultivating Spontaneous Moments of Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
One of the first issues that you’ll need to deal with in your meditation practice is the tendency for your attention to jump from object to object, all by itself.


You sit down to meditate with the intention of keeping your attention focused on the breath, and what happens?


Your attention stays with the breath for a few moments, and then jumps to another sensation, such as the sound of the garbage truck rumbling down your street.

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Who knew paying attention was so hard. When I first started getting into mindfulness I was amazed at how often my mind wandered to thoughts that were totally what I didn't want to think about.


After practicing for a while I learned an important tip, what ever you think is not important, when you think just come back to your attention.

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Understanding The Practice of Noting

Understanding The Practice of Noting | Mindful | Scoop.it

“Noting in meditation has many functions. The primary one is keeping the meditator present – sometimes it is called an ‘anchor’ to the present. The mind is less likely to wander off if one keeps up a steady stream of relaxed noting. If the mind does wander, the noting practice can make it easier to reestablish mindfulness.

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What About Mindfulness Scares Us?

What About Mindfulness Scares Us? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a pioneer in applying mindfulness to the field of medicine, discussed how the concept can be integrated into K-12 education.
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"Compassion is a skill, kindness is a skill, attention is a skill and awareness is a skill." Jon Kabat-Zinn    So the question I ask is why are we not teaching thse skills to as many people as we can?


Can we afford to leave these life enriching skills laying on the side of the road?  What really are we afraid of that prevents our embracing of mindfulness?

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11 Ways To Make Your Mindfulness Practice Stick

11 Ways To Make Your Mindfulness Practice Stick | Mindful | Scoop.it
When the fact that I teach mindfulness comes up in conversation, a frequent response is “Oh, I LOVE meditating...
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Can You Learn Mindfulness From A Dog or Cat?

Can You Learn Mindfulness From A Dog or Cat? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Personal HealthIs Mindfulness the Latest Fad? Are the Benefits Too Good to Be True? Would you be skeptical if I told you that without taking a pill or seeing a therapist, you could lower your bloo...


"Dogs are great practitioners of mindfulness, according to Jonathan Kaplan, PhD"


"Besides being nonjudgmental (dogs think their owners are great no matter what kind of bad hair day they are having), dogs live only in the present moment"



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There are teachers all around us that can help us get a handle on living a mindful life. In this post from AARP Carole Carson shares with us a number of ways to bring mindfulness into our life and reduce stress and tension in our lives.


Carson suggests we spend some time watching a dog go through its day and we'll see how they live in the moment. If you don't have a pet you can pick up a number of books like Full Catastrophe Living.


Learning mindfulness is probably much simpler than you think, in fact you already know how to be mindful you just need to be reminded.... Watch your neighbor's cat.

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How Mindfulness Changed My Everyday Experiences

How Mindfulness Changed My Everyday Experiences | Mindful | Scoop.it
Sixteen years ago, I went on my first mindfulness retreat with Shinzen Young. My life was at a low point. I was in an unhappy relationship, struggling with chronic anxiety and depression and my
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The author shares with us that it was 16 years ago she was introduced to mindfulness, it was also 16 years ago I attended my first mindfulness class. For me it was 2 hours a week for 10 weeks. I had meditated for many years off and on prior to the class but it was the class that opened a window


For both of us Mindfulness changed out everyday experiences.

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The Many Benefits Of Mindfulness

The Many Benefits Of Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
If asked to explain the value of mindfulness, you may want to consider the following question: Can you sit for one minute and completely quiet your mind? Can you do this without feeling like you're coming out of your skin?
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The benefits of mindfulness seem to grow the more your practice it. It's kind of like a perpetual motion machine that just keeps going and going.

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The Mindful Way's comment, April 14, 2013 9:12 AM
Agreed! Becoming mindful and awakening in this way plants seeds for further mindfulness to grow. :)
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Practicing Mindful Leadership

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Mindfulness is being taught and practiced in a growing number of organizations worldwide in the effort to improve personal and professional effectiveness and overall organizational productivity.


"Some of these qualities can be referred to as "states of being." Consider, for example, the states of being relaxed, alert, curious, close minded, open minded, negative, positive, or self-confident. These states of being are attained by having experiences and by discussing the experiences of others who have attained them."

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Little by little businesses and schools are swinging over to the mindfulness side of the equation and seeing the benefits in all areas of their organizations.


Mindfulness is not just about stress reduction, though it certainly has a huge role in helping people move into a more relaxed way of life. Mindfulness help users focus and get more done in all aspects of their work and home lives, it certainly has been shown to be one of the most cost effective offerings a company or school can offer.

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If you're mindful? Share It!

If you're mindful? Share It! | Mindful | Scoop.it
Share your "declaration of mindfulness" with friends, families, and colleagues.



"The simple act of being mindful has the power to change everything—how we approach ourselves, our challenges, our relationships, and our communities.


Mindfulness is available to us because we already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. It takes many shapes and goes by many names: attention, awareness, empathy, compassion, being in the zone, situational awareness, presence, flow, contemplation, and many more."

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Mindfulness fits perfectly into the saying "everything old is new again." Living a mindful life is both simpler and harder than you might have thought.


It's simpler because it's already here, we don't have to run out and buy anything nor do we have to join an organization. Of course we can read about it or join a group but nothing is required to be mindful except paying attention.  It's more difficult because it requires us to pay attention.


A quandary if there ever was one. On the one hand mindfulness is simple because all you have to do is pay attention and on the other hand it's difficult because you have to pay attention... Spend a moment thinking about that..


The only enemy of mindful living is distraction and all that entails. But to paraphrase the little pig, "who's afraid of the big bad distraction?"


Mindfulness, try it, you'll like it...

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NATIONAL MEDITATION MONTH « Trisha Faye

NATIONAL MEDITATION MONTH « Trisha Faye | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Meditation has been proven to: Relieve stress, Improve mental clarity and memory, Reduce heart rate, Lower blood pressure, Reduce muscle tension, and Enhance..." Elesa Commerse at www.thedeepcalm.com


There are still a few pockets of dissenters scattered around the globe who think meditation is either a cult or a plot to destroy traditional religion but most researchers and people who know something about mediation know the only threat it poses is to unclear thinking.


For those still wondering what the heck meditation is I offer "jogging." That's right jogging, meditation is merely an exercise for the mind just as jogging is exercise for the body. Pretty simple right?  Check it out during this National Month of Meditation, you won't be disappointed and you won't be whisked away into some subterranean cult...

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10 Tips To Easily Understand Mindfulness

More and more we see or hear the word Mindfulness nearly everyday. But what does it mean and will you benefit fro

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 28, 2016 4:23 PM
This is a quick easy read.
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Mindfulness Is More Than Being Focused

Mindfulness Is More Than Being Focused | Mindful | Scoop.it
There is a lot of misunderstanding around what mindfulness means. No doubt we all give meaning to what it means to us in our lives. But as a way of life and h…
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 16, 2014 1:49 PM

This is a very good article with a thorough explanation of mindfulness. As someone who worked on this in the latter stages of teaching, it was beneficial. The gentle curiosity and inquiry are hard work in our culture where everything is about immediacy with a sense of panic attached. Chogyam Trungpa and others say the ultimate meditation is in our daily lives rather than in the sitting meditation. The latter is practice for the real thing.

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The Direct Way To Happiness: Mindfulness Meditation

The Direct Way To Happiness: Mindfulness Meditation | Mindful | Scoop.it
By Ed and Deb Shapiro. "I have never seen a hearse with a luggage rack on top. We have got to get away from stuff and appreciate what is here."
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Mindfulness and ADHD

Mindfulness and ADHD | Mindful | Scoop.it
It’s now well established that those who regularly practice mindfulness meditation benefit both physically and psychologically. As well as reducing stress,
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» New to Mindfulness? How to Get Started - World of Psychology

» New to Mindfulness? How to Get Started - World of Psychology | Mindful | Scoop.it
If you’re new to mindfulness, you likely already have some understanding of what it is and its benefits. But how do you start practicing mindfulness?
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Mindfulness: Don't Leave Home Without It

Mindfulness: Don't Leave Home Without It | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Have you ever planned a trip to someplace fabulous far in advance and spent months fantasizing about how wonderful it will be once you get there, only to find that even days or weeks seem to pass like grains of sand through an hourglass? If you answered “yes,” I have good news and I have better news."

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The author Robert Schrader reminds us to take our mindfulness practice along with us when we travel. Just think how much richer a vacation or even traveling for work will be if we are not in a haze of distraction while we travel.


Focus on your surrounding and activities as you move from place to place, as you move from moment to moment.


Even something as seemingly insignificant as boarding your plane may hold opportunities you've never experienced. Read more from Robert Schrader.

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It's all in the mindfulness . . .

It's all in the mindfulness . . . | Mindful | Scoop.it

Put down the phone and turn off the hob, lower the laptop and switch off the radio – multitasking is officially over. Instead say hello to 'Mindfulness', a way of single tasking and living in the moment"


"The concept is very simple: by living in the moment, and focusing the mind through regular meditation, we can retrain the brain to function better."

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I never tire of reading people accounts of how mindfulness has affected their lives. One theme always emerges, everyone has found something deeper within themselves, something they did not know was there before or at least has not known the extent it existed.


In many years of reading about their experiences I have never come across one post or article where someone wrote that mindfulness was of no use. Put some time in and mindfulness will work for you as well, how exactly it will work is as individual as we are but it will change your perceptions of yourself and your everyday reality that I'm sure of.

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Like Physical Exercise Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

Like Physical Exercise Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose | Mindful | Scoop.it
Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.
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Often missing in many discussions about mindfulness are the dreaded words "Practice and Purpose." Mindfulness just seems to flow off the page and tongue like a spring flower blooming outside your window but, while mindfulness is a natural part of who we are being good at it takes practice and purpose.


In the post above Alina Tugend helps us to view mindfulness in a less abstract way by introducing leaders in the field and shares with us what they are thinking and saying about mindfulness practice.


“People have the sense that mindfulness is something they can do by focusing on a raisin for five minutes,” said Michael Baime, director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “That is mindful practice, but it takes more than that.”


Writing clearly about what's entailed in the quest to learn mindfulness Tugend gives us a refreshing look into the world of mindfulness without the religious trappings or the much too common elitism that accompanies many of the discussions.

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Can Mindfulness Stress You Out?

Can Mindfulness Stress You Out? | Mindful | Scoop.it
How to let go of the expectation and hype surrounding mindfulness.


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What Is Mindfulness?

You will never find one true definition because the experience varies by culture and personal experience. Virtually all cultures around the globe have some version of what we collectively refer to as mindfulness. It could involve Eastern traditions of meditation, Western traditions of prayer, or completely secular experiences of simply living in the present moment."

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Brad Waters shares with us a simple road map for understanding the practice of mindfulness, how it differs depending on the context of culture you put it in and why it is way simpler than some would have you believe.


Above all mindfulness is a practice built on non-striving or no goals. Sure you get better at it the more you integrate mindfulness into your daily life and routines but there is no place to get to because we are already there.


Schools for the most part haven't taught us to recognize the wonderful truth that being in the present moment is mindfulness. If your mindfulness practice is causing you stress it's probably because you are trying to get somewhere when you are already there.

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Naked Mind: the film - "A present mind is a happy mind."

From the Himalayas to US Neuroscience labs, two filmmakers explore the effects of meditation and its potential for collective evolution


"Scientific discoveries are proving that meditation can be beneficial to individual and collective happiness, but what does this mean outside an Eastern Buddhist culture? In contemporary American life, the term "mindfulness" has become a buzzword across a huge range of disciplines, from psychology and medicine to education, social action, and prison reform. This film asks: What does mindfulness mean, how does it relate to human happiness, and what does it mean to practice mindfulness in today's society? "

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Mindfulness-Meditation is one key to getting a handle on who we are, who we are inside ourselves. Once we start exploring just who we are, many of us are surprised by what we find.


Throughout recorded history people have been using meditation as a tool to dig deep into our consciousness, dig deep into our souls. We wonder just who is this person I call self?


Well now here in the 21st century more and more people are wondering just what are people finding on their journey deep within their minds and they are writing books and making films about what they have found.


Here is a film project that is worthy of your support and I hope you will take a moment to watch and read their message on Kickstarter. The Project and film is called Naked Mind...

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Ron Callari's comment, March 7, 2013 2:06 PM
I experienced something similar when I visited the monks in Ladakh, India about 10 years ago. Thx for sharing.
craig daniels's comment, March 7, 2013 2:12 PM
Thanks Ron for stopping by.. Meditation can really open up the mind.
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A Rationale for an Ethics-Based Mindfulness Program

A Rationale for an Ethics-Based Mindfulness Program | Mindful | Scoop.it

Thinking about why we practice mindfulness or what is the ground underneath our practice of mediation may be something we rarely thinking about. This article points to a very powerful word "intention." What is our intention, why are we embarking upon this road of mindfulness?


"the underpinnings of mindfulness are described as intention, attention, and attitude. Other writers, both from mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology, emphasize the need for creating an intention which directs the attention to cultivate a particular attitude to our experience."

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