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A collection of insights to gain an understanding & practice of mindfulness
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10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Work Day

10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Work Day | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

This is an excellent article about how to bring the practice of mindfulness to work with you. Consider picking one of these ideas and trying it out for a few days. Then consider adding another and see where that takes you. These are simple ideas that can produce powerful results with practice. . .

 

Kat Tansey

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Mindfulness: the altered state of America

Mindfulness: the altered state of America | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

Transition happening?

 

"Despite the assertion of traditional American values, Ryan may actually be an important radical, willing to use his influence to trigger a shift in cultural attitudes and practices, leading perhaps to less pursuit and more happiness. Having looked at the science, and experienced the effects of meditation in his own life, he is convinced that mindfulness "will be the next great movement in the United States", and declares that: "I would be derelict in my duty as a congressman if I didn't do my part to make mindfulness accessible to as many people as possible in our nation." As the first mainstream US politician nails his colours to the meditation mast, it'll be interesting to see what happens next, both to Ryan and to American mindfulness."

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A Mindfulness Trick | Mindfulness Exercises

A Mindfulness Trick | Mindfulness Exercises | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed? About to rip into someone ? Why not try this little mindfulness trick! Don't keep your tension inside, get mindful and let go!
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A Simple Way to Trick Your Brain Toward Mindfulness

A Simple Way to Trick Your Brain Toward Mindfulness | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Just like signs on the road may help remind us to slow down or remind us of children crossing, we can put up signs with short verses in our day to day to remind us to be how we want to be.
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Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification ("folding" of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) then non-meditators.

 

I usually like to focus on the proven benefits of meditation that might be realized within a relatively short time frame, however this recently publicized study has such significant implications for the long term that it caught my eye.

 

Imagine -- over the 20 years of my meditation practice, my cortex has folded much more often than that of non-meditators.  I love picturing all those folds -- and I'm looking forward to developing many more. . .

 

Kat Tansey

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Managing Stress: Mindfulness - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life." Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miricle of Mindfulness...
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Mindfulness in Plain English | Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness in Plain English | Mindfulness Exercises | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

". The very first step in Mindfulness is to recognize that the mind is wandering from one place to another. All the time. The mind is always occupied trying to entertain itself with all kinds of distractions like thoughts and dreams etc. The mind is like a flashlight and we see what is in the light for a short moment and then we point the light at a new object for a second and then a third and a fourth etc…. This is the very foundation for stress.This is a little two step Mindfulness Exercise that can be used to immerse and enhance the process of being Mindful..."

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7 Ways Meditation Can Save Your Life | Mindful

7 Ways Meditation Can Save Your Life | Mindful | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

"Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce our self-involvement. Without such a practice of self-reflection there is no way of putting a brake on the ego's demands. Stepping out of the conceptual mind, however, does not mean stepping into nowhere or nothing; it does not mean that there is no connection to a worldly reality. Rather, it is stepping into sanity and, more importantly, into even greater connectedness. Then we have no more need to do ourselves harm!"

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Facebook Is Making Us Miserable

Facebook Is Making Us Miserable | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
When Facebook was founded in 2004, it began with a seemingly innocuous mission: to connect friends.
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The Age of the Inner-Net? | Psychology Today: Staying connected, staying enlightened!

The Age of the Inner-Net? | Psychology Today: Staying connected, staying enlightened! | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
How to make the Internet era also the "Inner-net" era By Viral Mehta...

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Wonder-Talk: How to Open Up Instead of Size Up | Psychology Today

Wonder-Talk: How to Open Up Instead of Size Up | Psychology Today | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

"Wonder appears easily among aspen groves and waterfalls, but enter a social situation, and you might call out, Wonder, O Wonder, where did thou go? When talking with other people, I used to ball up and struggle to listen. Later, once confident, I became obnoxious as if my mother had taught me no Southern graces. In both cases, my mind was busy, my heart closed, and my spirit depleted. I've worked through some of that stuff.

 

Conversations, it turns out, can become moments of discovery and wonder..."

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Meditation Not Working For You? Try Gratitude Instead!

Meditation Not Working For You? Try Gratitude Instead! | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

"McCollough and Emmons also noted that gratitude encouraged a positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people since one act of gratitude encourages another… McCullough suggests that anyone can increase their sense of well-being and create positive social effects just from counting their blessings."

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | Psychology Today

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | Psychology Today | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment. By Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D....
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How to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions

How to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

"Certainly external information matters, but it’s this inner intelligence that is the most vital element for any creative person or company. It has already served as a key factor in the creation of modern successful companies, and it will continue to be a key factor in the great companies of the future.

 

Mindfulness in business, however, is not something that everyone knows how to achieve. But with a few pointers, it is within reach for anyone smart enough to know its value."

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The Story of your Life as a Work of Art

The Story of your Life as a Work of Art | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Venessa Miemis for her blog.

 

"I see that life can very much be lived as a form of art. We can each choose to become multidimensional, a unique creative expression, a story of elegance, beauty and grace. The cultivating force is love"

 

This is one of those gems that don't come along very often. It is moving, written with grace and certainly has something that will connect with anyone who reads this, it's about the story of your life.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

**Life is simple. That is the beauty of it. Narratives define the relevance of antagonistic complexity and the centrality of that which is beautifully simple to us, that which in our universe has become tame to us

 

**Have a narrative for every discipline you care about

 

 

**every person that you care about 

 

**every part of your body 

 

**every part of yourself

 

**every idea you bring into this world

 

**imagine the world as it would be without your presence

 

**then imagine if you had infinite love and finite time. Identify an infinite variety of possible quests that relate to the narrative of each 

 

**define your diversification strategy so that you seek returns of the right forms of meaning for who you are and who you wish to become

 

**review the top pages of that list prioritized by feasibility and your own constraints

 

**Redesign iteratively until the parts of yourself symphonically agree that having a specific implication in your world would be an act of art worthy of the identity you would wish to gift yourself.

 

**Leave everything you care about better off to the degree to which it is in your life as a matter of art the grace of only being traceable by our love and not by the degree to which we are a burden to our world

 

**Be visible only in the love we create in our world so that when we look in the mirror if we see what the world sees then all we will see is love

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Storytelling, Social Media and Beyond"

 

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Yes, it is Carol. Thank you for sharing it!
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How to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions

How to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Mindfulness in business is not something that everyone understands how to achieve. But with a few pointers, it is within reach.
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Reconnect as a family | Mindful

Reconnect as a family | Mindful | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

Take the time to slow down...

 

"Sometimes family life can be so busy that it's hard to clearly see what's happening in our children's and spouse's lives, and clearly hear what they are trying to tell us.

 

With mindfulness we take a moment to slow down and stop what we're doing in order to reconnect with ourselves, with each other and with the world around us. A good place to begin is by choosing a time each day to make mindfulness your family's top priority. Here are just a few of countless opportunities available daily to slow down and experience mindfulness together..."

 

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MediaShift . Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS

MediaShift . Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

"Mindfulness practice," according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of mindfulness-based stress reduction, "means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now."

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What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation | Psychology Today

What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation | Psychology Today | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it

An interesting book to consider for your reading list -

 

"Psychologists often dream of a better world in which our field's
discoveries are applied to society's major problems. If Ohio Congressman
Tim Ryan has his way, the dream will become reality. Not to overstate
the case, but Ryan's proposal that everyone becomes more mindful could
help the United States tackle and overcome some of our greatest
challenges."

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10 of the Most Surprising Findings from Psychological Studies

10 of the Most Surprising Findings from Psychological Studies | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Psychology has a reputation for being the science of common sense, or a field that simply confirms things we already know about ourselves.
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Upload Character When You're Hard-Wired to Worry | Psychology Today

Upload Character When You're Hard-Wired to Worry | Psychology Today | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Virtuous character can compensate for a brain hard-wired to worry. By Mark Sichel, L.C.S.W....
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Slow Down Enough to Find Your Freedom

Slow Down Enough to Find Your Freedom | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Taking advantage of the space between stimulus and response to stop your negative patterns, grow and find your freedom.
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Mid-Day Minute Meditation to Restore Calm in the Middle of a Crazy Day

Mid-Day Minute Meditation to Restore Calm in the Middle of a Crazy Day | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
It's not uncommon to have moments in the day when you feel like everything is spinning out of control. There are too many emails to answer and text messages to respond to, too many to-dos and never enough time to do them.

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Will I Ever Be Happy? | Mindfulness Exercises

Will I Ever Be Happy? | Mindfulness Exercises | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Are you wondering will I ever be happy? Do you reach your goals but still feel empty? What if I told you the perfect moment to be happy is now?
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The Tao of Dr. Seuss for Parents, Educators and Politicians | Mindful

In honor of Dr. Seuss's March 2 birthday, Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child, offers this guest blog post. In it, she takes a mindful look at this beloved children's author and some of his work.
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