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How to avoid interrupting thoughts

How to avoid interrupting thoughts | Mindful | Scoop.it
There are many ways to avoid being interrupted and distracted by external factors. The real question is, how do we stop the interruptions that come from within?
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It's a great question and one I know most of us struggle with..."Thinking and more Thinking"    Give this post a look-over and you may find a few gems to quiet your monkey mind...

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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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Learning Mindfulness One Breath At A Time...

A short and very simple guided mindfulness meditation experience with Dr John Kabat-Zinn.
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Take 12:00 minutes to listen to this introduction to mindfulness practice from Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical Center.


Watch it once and then watch it again as if you were in the room, just follow his instructions and boom you'll have a deeper understanding and experience of mindfulness.


I took the 10 week mindfulness class taught by his team almost 20 years ago and found as I practiced more my mind quieted and the more my life came into balance.


You might also find a new blog about unplugging interesting when you have a moment.

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86,400 Seconds Unfold Each Day In Your Life.

86,400 Seconds Unfold Each Day In Your Life. | Mindful | Scoop.it
We all have 86,400 seconds to spend every day, and at the end of the day, they’re gone. How are you using yours?


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I read this analogy about time once. Imagine there is a bank that every morning deposits $86,400 into your account. And every day it happens over and over again. The only catch, according to this idea, is that you cannot save that particular deposit until the next day.


The $86,400 you get in the morning is gone in the evening. You can’t use any of it in advance and you can’t pile it up.


What would you do? Would you think carefully about how you’d use it every day?"

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Within each second each of us can pivot toward a new richer and more satisfying life and in the next second we can take our first step in that new life.


Think about what you just read, in one second you can decide on a new direction for you life and in the next second you can start living that life. Seems unbelievable doesn't it, but it's not.


Each choice we make, at least when we finally make it takes less than a second and lifting our foot to walk forward into our new life also takes just a second.


So why is change so hard? Read the above article for more on this and to see what happening in social media and mindfulness check out Zen Automat


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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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Why Mindfulness Seems Damn Near Impossible.

Why Mindfulness Seems Damn Near Impossible. | Mindful | Scoop.it
Like highly sophisticated spacecraft traveling at light speed through a very hectic universe, our minds are on autopilot most of the time.


"The first reason that mindfulness seems damn near impossible is because we cannot instruct the mind what not to think."

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Someone tells you to not think of something and what do you do? You think of that exact thing, right?


When we take a moment to look at what's happening in our minds most of the time we'll see a wildly out of control fragmented jumble that makes little sense.


In Why Mindfulness Seems Damn Near Impossible, Ira Israel uses humor to help us see why the practice of mindfulness can seem impossible. But at the end of the post he throws open the door and let's us know that indeed mindfulness is possible.

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Let Your Employees Meditate At Work - Innovation Begins Individually

Let Your Employees Meditate At Work - Innovation Begins Individually | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Part of what we know about neuroscience explains why formal brainstorming fails. The brain can’t make the necessary connections needed for brilliant insight in a rigid environment. There’s too much pressure and too much influence. People instinctively mimic others’ opinions, leading to suggestions and thoughts that are often predictable and stale."


"Google allows employees to spend up to 20 percent of their time working on personal projects as part of its Innovation Time Off initiate. According to Marissa Mayer, former vice president of search products and user experience (now Yahoo CEO), half of all new product launches at the company—Gmail and Google News, for example—have come from the program."

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All of us are thinking up ideas 24/7 and many of the ideas that pass through our minds may be just what we are looking for but don' t know it. The key seems to be letting people have time to think while they are at work.


It may seem counter productive to give employees time during the work day to do their own thing but studies show it can improve productivity and help create new and exciting ways to solving problems. Ask yourself what does 3M and Google know about innovation that we don't?


I've run across a few small businesses that have mediation rooms for the employees. The rooms are available for use during the work day and you can practice mindfulness while getting paid. Everyone I've talked to about this tell me it pays off for both employer and employees.


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