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Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.
"it takes time and sustained practice to experience the benefits.”
It's a very old saying, "nothing worth learning is easy." Mindfulness is worth learning and yes it takes time and persistence if you hope to understand it and become adept at the practice of mindfulness.
Don't let my sobering comments scare you off from putting your toe in the water of taking up a mindfulness practice. The practice of mindfulness is well within your grasp, it just is not easy. Would you want it to be any other way?
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I believe in it. My practice is flawed, but, what there is, provides sustenance and energy to move forward refreshed or more refreshed.
"has mindfulness become another form of snake oil, claiming to cure everything under the sun from anxiety to sneezing?"
Mindfulness is an important part of human growth and forming. The backlash might more accurately be seen as against making mindfulness into a commodity. This diminishes its value which is intrinsic to the practices involved and not something which adds to corporate bottom lines which is often what it is being used for.
"If there’s one mental practice that’s stood the test of time and rigorous laboratory tests, it’s meditation. Mindfulness meditation in particular has done a good job of proving itself effective in reducing stress and depression, improving attention and cognitive performance, and even increasing grey matter density in the brain."
Stop being your own worst critic. Here's how you can clear your mind chatter and live in the now.
During the day many of us are moving so fast, sometimes physically, but almost always mentally.
There are many daily activities which can help practicing mindfulness. For example, Thich Nhat Hanh described tea drinking as an ordinary activity which can be a mindful and extraordinary activity. It is about being present in a given moment.
Mindfulness On-the-Go: Walking Meditation Practice
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"Whether you’re as skeptical as I used to be, or you’re well ahead of me with a meditation habit of several hours, I think it’s always interesting to find out how new habits affect our brains. I had a look into meditation to see what’s going on inside our brains when we do this, and what I found is pretty interesting."
Neuroscience informs us well on brains on meditation. What are educators doing with this research and how is neuroscience being used in helping teachers teach and students learn?
Mindfulness You will hear the term mindfulness in many conversations these days. People are talking about mindfulness in the board room, at retreat seminars,...
Feelings of unworthiness often hinder us from achieving happiness and our full potential. Practicing mindfulness can help us alleviate insecurities by learning self-acceptance through a meditation called the RAIN of Self-Compassion. It begins by discovering how to be true to yourself
Practicing mindfulness to help silence that critical inner voice.
Editorial: Mindfulness emerges as hottest meditative tool,This year we have therapists from New York and London along with their Indian counterparts at the retreat. I hope next year we have a larger population from all over the world coming to India, where mindfulness as a concept probably originated, said Babu
Mindfulness helps students cope with academic stress and the pressures of life outside the school gates. Matthew Jenkin examines the benefits of silent reflection in education
This article, adapted from Time in a Bottle by Howard Falco, explores the role fear plays in our life and taking creative action in our lives to overcome it.
Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of everything around you, until it all stops. That’s where I found myself eight months ago when I fell ill and it forced me to take a medical leave of absence. In ...
“My breath is boring—just the same thing over and over again. Surely there must be something more interesting to watch?”
“If you’re breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong.”-Jon Kabat-Zinn
"The Buddha sat alone under a Bodhi tree for 40 days and 40 nights, mindful, awake, in the moment, and as he did so he entered into a state of "enlightenment." In his solitude he experienced a deep truth about the relational nature of all beings - there is no isolated self, no different others, everything and everyone is a dynamic relationship. His contemplative "solitude" was a threshold for him to enter into this profound sense of relationship."
Study finds least mindful people benefit most from a surprisingly small amount of meditation.
People keep telling us to Be Here Now but what I hear most is Where Did The Present Go or what happened to the day,week or the year.
Here's a short video about a clock and the present moment... check it out, you'll be glad you did.
"What is interesting is how meditation can be so important for us, whether we’re looking to enhance our well-being, hoping to get a bit of a better handle on our lives, or throwing our lot into the great exploration of this life’s meaning and purpose."
Studies show the practice of mindfulness can improve your health and grow your brain!
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Mindfulness is good for us, AND good for our children. Get started with these strategies to teach mindfulness to kids!
Click here to find out why mindfulness matters more than ever in our busy lives today - by Shaa Wasmund, Author of #1 Bestseller Stop Talking, Start Doing.
"We all know that life is suffering - but why do we suffer? And when we spend ten minutes sniffing, examining, chewing, and finally mindfully eating a raisin, what exactly happens to our brains?"
With the advances in neuroscience, science offers considerably to mindfulness and meditation. If we applied that kind of thinking to teaching and learning in our schools, it would make a difference.
Rick Hanson is amazing. I have taken his course on creating positive emotions. He has a way of putting things that is engaging and easy to understand. I would recommend this work.
A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.
What is the best time to meditate? Mystics, sages, & meditation masters through time are unanimous in recommending that you meditate in the morning.
"In truth, meditation can happen any time. It’s possible to practice morning, noon, or night. I find that I drop into meditative awareness at the most unexpected moments."
“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.” ~Tony Robbins Life is often compared to a roller coaster; ups, downs, twists and turns...
"Reflection is not only important to assess where we are, but also who we are. If you are what you eat, then perhaps, too, you are what you do the most. According to William Byron, “If you are what you do, when you don’t you aren’t.”
"When we think about living simply, we tend to focus on things we can see. We think about decluttering and donating. We celebrate clear countertops, empty book shelves, and organized computer desktops. While all of those things are important and worth celebrating, thats just the surface of simplicity."