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Mindful Individuals Not As Affected by Immediate Rewards Study Finds

Mindful Individuals Not As Affected by Immediate Rewards Study Finds | Mindful | Scoop.it
A new study shows that people who are aware of their own thoughts and emotions are less impulsive and less affected by immediate rewards, such as positive


“These findings suggest that mindful individuals may be less affected by immediate rewards and fits well with the idea that mindful individuals are typically less impulsive."

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Mindfulness - Fad or Revolution?

Mindfulness - Fad or Revolution? | Mindful | Scoop.it

"What is mindfulness, anyway? One definition from the 2005 book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy describes mindfulness as "(1) awareness, (2) of present experience, (3) with acceptance."


"While mindfulness will not solve all of our problems, it is a powerful tool with great potential to help us all transform our relationship with our problems when it is not possible, or desirable, to eliminate them."

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Seems pretty simple right? Become aware of the present moment and accept it for what it is, as opposed to what you want it to be. The formula is simple, the execution not quite so simple.


The post encourages therapists and mental health practitioners to use the practice of mindfulness to become more compassionate, patient and to better handle the ongoing stress that comes with the job. Pretty good advice, don't you think?


Elana Miller concludes by writing."While mindfulness will not solve all of our problems, it is a powerful tool with great potential to help us all transform our relationship with our problems when it is not possible, or desirable, to eliminate them."

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David Hain's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:06 AM

My hope?  The latter...

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Mindfulness and ADHD

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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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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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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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Mindful Communication - 5 Practices

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  It’s getting difficult not to bump into the word mindfulness these days. While mindfulness is mostly associated with meditation, I like to think of it as a way of being in the world. Mindfulness ...


"While it may be easy to communicate with kindness and respect to those we care about, how far does that regard extend to those who try our patience? How considerate are we with people we’ll never meet again? How gracious are we when pressures mount?  How mindful do we believe we should be with people we don’t like?"

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Our minds sure can become cluttered with thoughts, our emotions at times seems to run wild and sometimes our intuition just seems hidden. What are we to do?


Mindfulness practice is a bit like a windshield wiper on your car, when practiced on a regular basis what we see, feel and think become a bit clearer and we won't bump into as many people along the way.

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The Mindful Way's comment, April 13, 2013 10:01 PM
Lovingkindness meditation is a wonderful complimentary practice to support our reactions to those we find challenging. Great article!
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The Truth About Why Meditation Will Rock Your World | Clarity Mind ...

The Truth About Why Meditation Will Rock Your World | Clarity Mind ... | Mindful | Scoop.it
I have been practicing meditation for over 30 years. I started in 1979 when I discovered that meditation was a way to deal with anxiety. Since then, the simple act of closing my eyes and emptying my mind has completely ...


Meditation is a great micro-example of daily living. Our daily activities are usually quite simple when we break them down into their individual steps. The awareness that in order to finish a task we follow a series of steps and before we know it we have completed the task, maybe we have built a boat.


Meditation is a series of repetitive steps that fold back onto each other again and again. This repetitive series of actions will if given some time, transform our focus and awareness of our surrounding reality. It is all accomplished by putting one thing in front of another and repeating. Simple as that.

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Want To Expand Time? Try Mindfulness

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A new study suggests that just 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation changes our experience of time.
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Wow! Just think how great it would be if we could expand the time available to us, at the moment we can't, but we can focus our perception of time.


One of the best effects of mindfulness is how we learn to pay attention to what we are doing better and external distractions fade into the background. 


A simple mindfulness practice will make us more efficient, that's a real good thing.

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The Mindfulness Project

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A morose and skeptical man tries to find peace, ten minutes at a time
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It's the number one question people ask when they start a mindfulness class or maybe a meditation class for even 10 minutes. "Am I doing this right?" 


If you are asking the question you are most certainly on the right path, though you will need frequent tuneups.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Overcome Workplace Stress With Mindfulness

INFOGRAPHIC: Overcome Workplace Stress With Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Hunter for Mindful magazine
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Practices for cutting stress at work

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There's Humor On The Road To Enlightenment

There's Humor On The Road To Enlightenment | Mindful | Scoop.it

"At 7,000 feet, the Zen monastery where I live is level with the clouds, which should give you some idea of where my head usually is—not to mention the heads of those who visit our grounds. Let’s talk about them. "


" You try to get to the bottom of yourself, to catch your mind in the act of coming up with you, or vice versa, and it’s as though you’ve wandered into an M. C. Escher sketch of a house of mirrors, the subject lost in an infinite regression of reflections."

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The path of enlightenment is strewn with the humor we find when we earnestly look at who we are, sometimes the humor emerges in the form of deep belly laughs and sometimes it emerges as a tear in the corner of one's eye.


Using the pen name of Shozan Jack Haubner a Zen monk lays bare many of his insights about the mindfulness practice of meditation. He takes us on a brief journey into his past while keeping one foot firmly in the present.


This article is somewhat long but well worth reading for both beginners and seasoned practitioners of mindfulness and meditation. Read all of it: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment.

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Can Mindfulness Stress You Out?

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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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A Year of Mindfulness: Saying Yes « Musings from the Moonroom

A Year of Mindfulness: Saying Yes « Musings from the Moonroom | Mindful | Scoop.it
As we continue our journey in mindfulness, we were asked last week to let our hands rest. This practice resounded with several of you, especially those of you who use your hands every day as part of your job.


Often life can seem like a series of hooks, everywhere you turn something is tugging you in one direction or another. People want you to believe them, trust them and follow their lead.


I think we want to say no just to help us feel grounded and in control. A mindfulness practice helps us to be aware of our unconsciousness desire to be grounded and by being aware we can make a decision based on reality, not on fear or insecurity.

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Tips for Type As who can’t meditate

Tips for Type As who can’t meditate | Mindful | Scoop.it

"It’s no secret what mindfulness meditation can do to fight anxiety, but some folks can’t tame their mind for all the oms in the world – or so they think..."


A mediation practice is a cumulative exercise and you'll find you get better at it the more you do it. You don't need to worry about some esoteric concepts as you ease into your practice, just sit in a comfortable position for fifteen or twenty minutes and breathe.


Tomorrow and next weeks meditative sessions will take care of them selves, you only need to sit and breathe today.

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