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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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Practice Self-Compassion to Improve How You Feel About Yourself

Practice Self-Compassion to Improve How You Feel About Yourself | Mindful | Scoop.it
I've been thinking about self-esteem lately, and how you can never have too much of it (or so I thought). I wanted to find out more about how self-esteem works and how to give it a boost when it's running low. I was surprised to find that self-esteem isn't as straight-forward as I'd thought--what matters more is self-compassion.
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The Beauty in Focus: Accept What Is.

The Beauty in Focus: Accept What Is. | Mindful | Scoop.it

"We are all walking around actively living out our own version of this one-act (with many chapters) play called life. It is so much easier to avoid, over-think and see the toughness than it is to be present and actually focus on what it is to be alive and that there is beauty in the struggle."

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This Japanese Practice Could Transform Your Day

This Japanese Practice Could Transform Your Day | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Japanese researchers have found that leaving the civilized world behind for a few hours could be the healthiest thing you do all day."

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How To Become More Self Aware: Mindfulness Techniques to Learn to Meditate

How To Become More Self Aware: Mindfulness Techniques to Learn to Meditate | Mindful | Scoop.it
Mindful meditation can help you reach a higher understanding of yourself. If you want to learn how to become more self aware, you must meditate mindfully.
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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, 7:11 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, 9:29 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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5 Ways to Suppress Your Inner Serial Scheduler & Create More Space in Your Life

5 Ways to Suppress Your Inner Serial Scheduler & Create More Space in Your Life | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Do you ever daydream about a superhero alter ego? In my reveries, I’m a mad scientist remixing the brain chemistry of the clinically depressed and injecting the chronically unconfident with invisible vials of self-love. I’m changing the world, in short, by sharing one Yoga or meditation practice at a..."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 25, 7:09 PM

The idea of a serial inner scheduler is interesting. It contributes to a hyper-kinetic life and we need time to just be.

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We Must First Heal our Hearts to Save the World

We Must First Heal our Hearts to Save the World | Mindful | Scoop.it
There’s something going on, have you noticed? With social media, people like me and you, are connecting. And learning that we aren’t so different, are we.
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Inner Peace On The Wings Of A Butterfly

Inner Peace On The Wings Of A Butterfly | Mindful | Scoop.it
A moment of Synchronicity and inner peace traveling upon the wings of a butterfly shaping the world in unseen ways.
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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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Christi Krug's curator insight, July 23, 7:47 PM

“Perfection is not the elimination of imperfection, as we think. Divine perfection is, in fact, the ability to recognize, forgive, and include imperfection!" --Richard Rohr

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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, 9:30 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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