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How does mindfulness improve self-control?

How does mindfulness improve self-control? | Mindful | Scoop.it

"In this model, mindfulness is defined as a moment-by-moment observing of impermanence, suffering, and not-self. In other words, mindfulness involves noticing the impermanence of sensations and feeling tones, the suffering caused by habitual desire or aversion, and the idea that none of the sensations, desires, or aversions create the self. Thus observing can break the chain of thought, the habit, and eventually, the suffering."

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Have you ever wondered where your suffering comes from? Ever wondered why fear and anxiety just seem to come out of the blue?

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sfMediaProf's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:20 PM

"Mindfulness" is considered a method to counter the effects of "multi-tasking" . . . and helpful for a successful "digital detox."

 

And, judging by the photo -- also helps you eat only a plate of chocolate chip cookies ...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 14, 2013 9:51 AM

Science is catching up to what wisdom has been able to describe for a long time.

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Radical Compassion Symposium | Event: Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

Radical Compassion Symposium | Event: Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado | Mindful | Scoop.it
This gathering of international thinkers, contemplatives, scientists and activists focuses on one of the most dynamic and important topics of our time: compassion.
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Practicing Contemplation on the Road

Practicing Contemplation on the Road | Mindful | Scoop.it

"There’s something about righteous indignation that feels so good, so superior— at least for a minute.  And then it all comes crashing down.  What am I doing?!?"

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Interview With David Lynch

Interview With David Lynch | Mindful | Scoop.it
David Lynch wants to bring Transcendental Meditation (TM) to anyone interested in practicing. The award-winning director/writer/producer—best known for films like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive and seminal TV series, Twin Peaks—has worked to raise public awareness of TM via his namesake charity, The David Lynch...
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Getting better at just being yourself

Getting better at just being yourself | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Today, I had to take the train, but the frakking train didn’t come. I waited on the platform, feigning casualness as minutes passed, each one drawing me closer to missing my appointment. I managed to talk myself into staying cool for the first twenty five minutes..."


“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

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How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit?

How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Have you ever wanted to change a bad habit or perhaps just form a new, good habit, but then found that you lack the discipline to stick to your intention? if so changing that pattern might not be as difficult as you think. This article share about the research behind forming new habits and also some guidelines for getting started.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 18, 6:30 PM

This suggests repetition is important in learning and that means multitasking might not be ideal.

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Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads. | Mindful | Scoop.it
The simple living movement is a beautiful community. I enjoy every opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less.
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If you can't choose wisely, pick at random

If you can't choose wisely, pick at random | Mindful | Scoop.it
When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark
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23 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Dalai Lama

23 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Dalai Lama | Mindful | Scoop.it

"One of the many reasons I am so fond of Dalai Lama and many of the Buddhist teachings is because of the softness of their words and the fact that through the simple words used in their messages, they empower the whole world."

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How To Be Optimistic: 4 Steps Backed By Research

How To Be Optimistic: 4 Steps Backed By Research | Mindful | Scoop.it
Everyone says you should be positive... but how? Here what science has to say about how to be optimistic.
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Meditating through the madness

Meditating through the madness | Mindful | Scoop.it
You may have heard about the buzz around meditation and mindfulness as of late. Everyone from celebrities to entrepreneurs to big-time techies are looking for a little stillness amidst the rush of everyday life. Workshops and retreats are ...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 12, 10:47 AM

Meditation practices moved from the cushion to life are important. It is about being and becoming a better person and contributing to a better world.

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How to be Happy.

How to be Happy. | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Before you even get out of bed, clap your hands and say something wonderful about yourself, your world, and the day you’ve got ahead of you"

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Who among us doesn't want to be happy? For most of us it's not a dreadful ordeal to turn our gaze toward a few simple life changes in order to create more happiness within ourselves.


Two of my favorites in this post are Patience and Life's Short... I'm off the mind if we just learn those two practices we will tap into a deep deep level of happiness...

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend

3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend | Mindful | Scoop.it
It's easy to cheat our rest by cramming more into our weekends. But there are three very good reason to take it easy and unplug for a change.
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Michael Hyatt lists 3 reasons to keep your laptop closed this weekend and number 3 is my favorite. We Need Time With Our Thoughts, this sometimes seems like a forgotten art. Give it a try.


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The "I" in Our Illness and the "We" in our Wellness

The "I" in Our Illness and the "We" in our Wellness | Mindful | Scoop.it
A Buddhist teacher offers advice for the healing of the nation.
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I love simplicity and this post really hits the nail on the head...

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Contemplative Based Resilience Training

Contemplative Based Resilience Training | Mindful | Scoop.it
Humanitarian relief and development work takes place in an often stressful and frequently traumatic environment, which can create an enormous psychological burden for the workers – and result in a similarly negative impact on the organizations that employ them and on the beneficiary populations they seek to serve.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 19, 4:11 PM

We don't build. It is a matter of trans-forming and per-forming in compassionate ways in daily life.

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Making mindfulness work at work

Making mindfulness work at work | Mindful | Scoop.it
Everybody's talking about the benefits of being mindful, so how to build it into your day?


"While there is no mindfulness pill, potion, bottle or lotion (note to self: come up with this and I will be a gazillionaire) – you don’t have to go to an ashram, wear crystals, or make the pilgrimage to a six-week silent retreat in Southern India to achieve the benefits associated with the ‘M’ word."

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Why Do "Strivers" Meditate?

Why Do "Strivers" Meditate? | Mindful | Scoop.it
How did mindfulness meditation become so popular among cultural and financial "strivers"? A recent New Yorker article looks to ABC News Anchor Dan Harris' 10% Happier for answers.
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The Mindful Counter-Revolution

The Mindful Counter-Revolution | Mindful | Scoop.it

"I go back about 35 years in the do-good PR and communications field and have spent much of the last decade working to build awareness of specific ways contemplative practice can facilitate deep social and environmental change. So I’m heartened by the surge of mainstream media coverage of mindfulness"

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 18, 6:29 PM

Mindfulness the way it is approached can be referred to as McMindfulness where we look at instrumental outcomes rather than the benefit to people and the world.

 

This is not a lot different than the way we do School. It is not about growth but about some bottom line which is corporate rather than humane.

 

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The Responsibility of Opportunity

The Responsibility of Opportunity | Mindful | Scoop.it
Talent is universal, but opportunity is not. May those of us who have been given opportunity refuse to waste it.


"Be diligent. There is great responsibility that accompanies our opportunity. Our most important response is to make wise and diligent use of it. Work hard. Study hard. Everyday."

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Why Is Meditation So Hard?

Why Is Meditation So Hard? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Why is meditation so hard? Why is it tough to start and sustain your practice? Here are 6 things you need to know about the challenge of meditation.
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Let it Flow: The Importance of Losing Yourself in a Pursuit.

Let it Flow: The Importance of Losing Yourself in a Pursuit. | Mindful | Scoop.it
I tend to be someone who jumps with a vengeance into projects that interest me. Slightly obsessive by nature (thanks, Dad) and usually outcome oriented, I can bust out work with great intensity whe...
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A Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart | Mindful | Scoop.it
For some reason I stumbled across and read the post I wrote at the beginning of the new year. I think a little fairy dust was sprinkled over  me, or perhaps it was my muddy angel swinging by to get...
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The Step After Getting Clear

The Step After Getting Clear | Mindful | Scoop.it
Clarity is power. There is, however, a step beyond clarity that you can take to channel that power productively.  Whether you get clear about something, including what you need to do next, the thin...
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The Importance Of Downtime For Productivity

The Importance Of Downtime For Productivity | Mindful | Scoop.it
The Importance of Downtime for Productivity is crucial! Having a bit of downtime to relax your mind will make you a better employee and person. Here's why:
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Are you a person that sets aside a chunk of time everyday for meditation and exercise? If you don't here's something you might find surprising, downtime with help make you more productive at work.

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4 Lessons from the Forest on Dealing with Difficult Times

4 Lessons from the Forest on Dealing with Difficult Times | Mindful | Scoop.it
These are some of the valuable lessons I learned in the forest, and I hope they can help others deal with difficult times in their lives.
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Connecting and learning from nature can be a lifesaving moment helping us to stop and clearly see our current reality.

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3 Reasons to Stop Conforming to the World Around You

3 Reasons to Stop Conforming to the World Around You | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.” -Paulo Coelho

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Mightily society squeezes us into a predetermined shape, never asking if we wish to be that shape?

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