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Are You Mindful or Mindless?

Are You Mindful or Mindless? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is making its way into corporate culture as a term, but here's how to make it a reality for yourself. Learn to slow down, think more clearly, and unleash your creativity.


"Shakespeare’s Hamlet famously said that there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 21, 1:45 PM

If we are simply keeping up at best, we are likely not operating mindfully. There is a need to slow down, be present, and focus on the people and things in our presence at each particular moment. This is not about financial bottom lines, but, when we are mindful, those are more likely improved as well.

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Why Mindfulness Is More Than a Fad

Why Mindfulness Is More Than a Fad | Mindful | Scoop.it

"There’s a reason everyone from Goldie Hawn to David Lynch to the Google bigwigs are over the moon about mindfulness. A growing number of studies have shown that mindfulness practices, especially meditation, help reduce stress, promote better decision-making, encourage creativity, and lower the risk of heart attack, among other benefits."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 1:01 PM

It is the little things that make mindfulness. The first point on the list is about wishing others well. It is more than a rote thing. When we are mindful, wishing someone well is a deeply felt and received gesture.

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Do Negative People Crush Your Compassion?

Do Negative People Crush Your Compassion? | Mindful | Scoop.it
Compassion to the rescue... If Negative People get you down reach for a good dose of Compassion
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Negativity has a way of working itself into your mind and pushing out your mindfulness, use it to regain your balance and strengthen your mindfulness practice.

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Cut Chocolate Cravings

Mindfulness Meditation Can Cut Chocolate Cravings | Mindful | Scoop.it
By Allison Bond for Reuters Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form of meditation with roots in Buddhism. Practicing...
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This is a sweet path to developing a mindfulness practice and curb your cravings... I'm not sure I would pick chocolate as a place to start.. :)  but if chocolate is chasing you around in your own head than by all means start here.

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Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity | Mindful | Scoop.it

"We all seek stability. We want to hold things still, thinking that if we do, we can control them. But since everything is always changing, that doesn’t work. Actually, it causes you to lose control."

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Mindfulness is simple yet it does take effort to become adept at its practice. Ellen Langer's article is a great place to start on your journey.

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W.A.I.T. a Minute

W.A.I.T. a Minute | Mindful | Scoop.it
Tristan Gorrindo, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, on getting teenagers to pause online.
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Here is a simple technique to use when online to help make more mindful decisions.

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Protesters Confront Business Mindfulness

Protesters Confront Business Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
These days it's not uncommon to see protesters confront business mindfulness... mindfulness has become like a beach ball high above the crowd
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The conflict developing between mindfulness and business might better be seen as an opportunity...

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Your Life Depends On Creating Some Space

Your Life Depends On Creating Some Space | Mindful | Scoop.it
We seem to love creating some space for our clutter but what about creating some space for our peace of mind? Why is it so hard to nurture ourselves?
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Could Mindfulness Affect Gene Expression?

Could Mindfulness Affect Gene Expression? | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Meditation has long been touted as a go-to source for stress reduction, and in recent years, researchers have been compiling evidence to back up those claims, even showing that mindfulness causes changes in brain structure."

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Developing mindfulness triggers

Developing mindfulness triggers | Mindful | Scoop.it
Mindfulness triggers are Pavlovian responses that we consciously develop in order to remind ourselves to be aware.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 5, 1:23 PM

We need these in our daily lives to break out of the mindless auto pilot situations we end up in.

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Mindfulness Meditation | Cancer Network

Mindfulness Meditation | Cancer Network | Mindful | Scoop.it

"Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing awareness to present-moment experience with an attitude of openness and curiosity. Shapiro and Carlson define it as “the awareness that arises through intentionally attending in an open, caring, and nonjudgmental way.”


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Love or hurt: Mindfulness as a path to joy and healing

Love or hurt: Mindfulness as a path to joy and healing | Mindful | Scoop.it
Peace, joy, and gratitude are feelings we all wish for, but ones that can be hard to come by in our stressful world. When we're bombarded with our own negative thoughts, it can make us feel as though we’re in a self-made prison of blame and judgments, making it feel impossible to relish the good…
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How to Increase Focus and Productivity with Mindfulness

How to Increase Focus and Productivity with Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
So, what exactly is mindfulness and why should lawyers care? The simple answer is that practicing mindfulness will help you be a happier human being and a better lawyer.
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5 Practices for Mindful Communication ~ Revisited

5 Practices for Mindful Communication ~ Revisited | Mindful | Scoop.it
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 me...
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Changing Your Brain Using Compassion-based Mindfulness

Changing Your Brain Using Compassion-based Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
Mindfulness activates the brain area that experiences joy


"By practicing purposely focusing our thoughts on feelings of love and compassion towards others, the left prefrontal cortex is activated"

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Fitbit Tracker A Distraction or Mindfulness Tool

Fitbit Tracker A Distraction or Mindfulness Tool | Mindful | Scoop.it
New Information smashes into us minute by minute... Is a Fitbit Tracker a Distraction or a Mindfulness Tool?
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Along with a steady stream of information, gadgets are everywhere. We all can use a little help to offload some information crumbs so we can focus on our mindfulness practice.


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Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise

Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise | Mindful | Scoop.it
Mindfulness techniques are becoming popular and one of the more potent combinations for achieving deeper mindfulness is exercise and meditation.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 17, 1:25 PM

Mindfulness and meditative practice can fill many spots in daily life.

Ellen Diane's curator insight, March 18, 7:16 AM

mind/body/spirit workout..... put your mind in the muscle for a better effect

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7 Apps to remind you to be mindful

7 Apps to remind you to be mindful | Mindful | Scoop.it
For an entrepreneur, fighting one crisis after another becomes a habit, which could limit his ability to think creatively. Mindfulness is an answer.
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I have to wonder just how helpful it is to have your phone beep to remind you to be mindful. Is this one more distraction?

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How Mindfulness Changed My Life - YouTube

"This is my testimonial contribution to the awesome everyday-mindfulness.org website. My story about how mindfulness changed my life." Mellissa OBrien

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Mindfulness: Think About It

Mindfulness: Think About It | Mindful | Scoop.it
Can you go from minding to doing?
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The article makes for a good read for those who seek to better understand or not understand mindfulness... The cartoon is for everyone who wonders about the time we spend being "mindless"

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 15, 1:57 PM

When we understand mindfulness and meditative practices as strictly instrumental, it is fair to be skeptical. When we see meditation as the practice ground for living life, the two become inseparable. There is a validity in the idea that mindfulness and its practices can become the next fad. That is a real concern. It does not mean that we cannot use it to be better and make the world a better place by being more aware of who we are and what we do.

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Be A Better You: Why Mindfulness Matters

Be A Better You: Why Mindfulness Matters | Mindful | Scoop.it

It’s a bit of a buzzword right now. Mindfulness, that is."


"What's mindfulness anyway? And, what can it do for you?"

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Feeling Self-Critical? Try Mindfulness

Feeling Self-Critical? Try Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
New research shows that mindfulness may help us to stop comparing ourselves to other people.
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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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Zen and the art of bedtime: How we turned to meditation to stop the children's evening tantrums

Zen and the art of bedtime: How we turned to meditation to stop the children's evening tantrums | Mindful | Scoop.it

It is bedtime. I am tucking my children into bed. There is a pleasing calm in the air, as they lie there, snuggled up quietly in anticipation. Bedtimes used to be a frantic battleground, marked by tantrums, sobbing and endless trips to the loo. Thankfully, all that changed the day I started slipping meditation into our bedtime routine."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 4, 1:18 PM

The meditation is something that is possible at school. We used to say bedtime prayers, which I think of in the same way, and it has not fallen to the wayside. If we help children be thankful, there is considerable benefit. Perhaps, that is part of the problem in the world today. We are not thankful enough and do not express thankfulness.

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We can do better than a "bit of mindfulness" | Mindful

We can do better than a "bit of mindfulness" | Mindful | Mindful | Scoop.it
Last month I spent a rich and rewarding week on a training retreat for teachers, run by Bangor University’s dedicated mindfulness centre.


""A bit of mindfulness" suggests that mindfulness can be separated off, like a plaster to be applied when situations require calm, concentration, or a checking-in with our internal barometer."

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