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10 Ways to Live a More Spiritual Life

10 Ways to Live a More Spiritual Life | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet is an interview series and website.
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Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down Crying Explaining Something That Every Woman Sadly Already Experienced

Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down Crying Explaining Something That Every Woman Sadly Already Experienced | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
A famous actor makes a frightening discovery about women and barely keeps it together explaining why.
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Beautiful! How often do we dimiss someone or something based upon appearances? This is a wonderful reminder to look beyond the mask and into the heart of who someone is. This is about bringing the soul into life.

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The Underappreciation of Rest in Today's Society | Becoming Minimalist

The Underappreciation of Rest in Today's Society | Becoming Minimalist | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
Yet, despite all the proven benefits of rest, intentionally setting aside regular time for rest is a practice that has become undervalued and underappreciated in today's culture. We have become overworked, overstressed, and exhausted.
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The Mindful Way's comment, June 26, 2013 10:06 PM
As a follow up to the post I just made with the article about under appreciation of rest in our society: I have found it helpful to actually schedule in rest time on the calendar. I make it a regular practice to schedule in time for nature walks at parks (with and without children - family and alone time), at times quiet meditation, simply sitting outside and watching my children play or listening to the sounds outdoors, taking time to purposefully lie down for a cat nap, whether it sometimes literally being a minute or more often, 20-60 minutes, sometimes a full day. Yes, my schedule is busy but what others may not see is this time set aside. I don't publicly share it because sometimes it is frowned upon, but I know I am a better person for allowing myself this sacred space. It is a priority to gain rest and when I don't do this, I immediately notice the difference and my kids notice it too. They will be the first to point out that "Mommy, I think you need some quiet rest time today". This is a valuable lesson for them though. Sometimes I say no to others or scheduling more work appts. or get togethers even with friends because it means taking care of myself in this way but it is ESSENTIAL to my wellbeing - in body, mind and spirit. As you give more to yourself, you have more to give. Put yourself on your calendar, especially to include rest time as a party of your daily "doing"... I mean, "BEING".
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Hypnosis and the Effect of Emotions

Hypnosis and the Effect of Emotions | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
Emotions play a large role in our lives and often govern our actions and reactions. As a general rule, humans prefer to feel good and do things that help them feel that way. When we become frustrat...
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Conversations on Compassion: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Conversations on Compassion with Dr. James Doty and Jon Kabat-Zinn, hosted by CCARE at Stanford University on December 14, 2011.
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Mindful Communication - 5 Practices

Mindful Communication - 5 Practices | The Mindful Life | 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 ...

 

"While it may be easy to communicate with kindness and respect to those we care about, how far does that regard extend to those who try our patience? How considerate are we with people we’ll never meet again? How gracious are we when pressures mount?  How mindful do we believe we should be with people we don’t like?"


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craig daniels's curator insight, March 14, 2013 2:05 PM

Our minds sure can become cluttered with thoughts, our emotions at times seems to run wild and sometimes our intuition just seems hidden. What are we to do?


Mindfulness practice is a bit like a windshield wiper on your car, when practiced on a regular basis what we see, feel and think become a bit clearer and we won't bump into as many people along the way.

The Mindful Way's comment, April 13, 2013 10:01 PM
Lovingkindness meditation is a wonderful complimentary practice to support our reactions to those we find challenging. Great article!
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The Trouble with Men and Counseling: Men who go it alone when confronted by emotional challenges

The Trouble with Men and Counseling: Men who go it alone when confronted by emotional challenges | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it

The price men pay for acting tough and avoiding counseling and health care could be life.

 

Increasingly, studies show that men like him who equate seeking assistance with weakness, or the appearance of not being able to handle their own problems, experience more soured relationships with their significant others, higher rates of debilitating illnesses, and earlier death.

 

The cathartic benefits of reaching out for help are hardly a secret. As scientists have come to better understand the inner workings of the brain, they have documented the potentially catastrophic consequences for individuals, particularly men, who go it alone when confronted by profound emotional challenges. Some men have started to take heed. Yet they remain a small minority.

 

While clinicians and academics may haggle over the pros and cons of treatment approaches—many advocate a combination of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals—there is no denying the toxic consequences of untreated depression at its most feared extreme. Distraught men are dying by their own hand in ever-greater numbers.

 

Many psychologists worry particularly about the recession’s ultimate toll on men who once may have defined their self-worth through their roles as breadwinners, only to lose those roles amid corporate downsizing and layoffs. How have men coped? Some, evidently, by drowning their sorrows. Alcohol sales rose every year during the recession, including a nine percent rise in 2010.


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» What Does Non-Judgmental Awareness Really Mean? - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» What Does Non-Judgmental Awareness Really Mean? - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
There is a lot of confusion around the term non-judgment. Here is one way to clean it up and dip a bit deeper into a better understanding of mindfulness (What Does Non-Judgmental Awareness Really Mean?
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How mindfulness creates success

How mindfulness creates success | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is probably one of the most difficult traits to cultivate. Many of us spend a lot of our time living in regret, nursing grudges or worrying about things that may or may not happen.
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The Texts That Will Change My Life (I Hope)

The Texts That Will Change My Life (I Hope) | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
Pete Wilgoren and his wife are just two tired parents trying to make it all work at a time when the American Dream seems as far off as ever.
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So many are wanting to get off of this hamster wheel. We are making our own changes, one step at a time in my family. What changes can you make to help create a more connected life?

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When Your Mother Says She's Fat

When Your Mother Says She's Fat | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
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The importance of having a kind voice to yourself is far reaching. Teach our youngsters how to love themselves by being a better friend to yourself. Your inner voice becomes theirs. 

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9 Ways You May Unwittingly Deprive Yourself of Love and Fulfillment

9 Ways You May Unwittingly Deprive Yourself of Love and Fulfillment | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
Here are 9 signs you have developed an attachment to deprivation, unwittingly setting yourself up to feel unfulfilled.
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Jennifer Catlin, hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher in Raleigh, NC explains mindfulness.

http://www.themindfulway.com/ Jennifer Catlin, certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher in Raleigh, NC explains the meaning of mindfulness, which she...
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Naked Mind: the film - "A present mind is a happy mind."

From the Himalayas to US Neuroscience labs, two filmmakers explore the effects of meditation and its potential for collective evolution

 

"Scientific discoveries are proving that meditation can be beneficial to individual and collective happiness, but what does this mean outside an Eastern Buddhist culture? In contemporary American life, the term "mindfulness" has become a buzzword across a huge range of disciplines, from psychology and medicine to education, social action, and prison reform. This film asks: What does mindfulness mean, how does it relate to human happiness, and what does it mean to practice mindfulness in today's society? "


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craig daniels's curator insight, March 7, 2013 12:04 PM

Mindfulness-Meditation is one key to getting a handle on who we are, who we are inside ourselves. Once we start exploring just who we are, many of us are surprised by what we find.


Throughout recorded history people have been using meditation as a tool to dig deep into our consciousness, dig deep into our souls. We wonder just who is this person I call self?


Well now here in the 21st century more and more people are wondering just what are people finding on their journey deep within their minds and they are writing books and making films about what they have found.


Here is a film project that is worthy of your support and I hope you will take a moment to watch and read their message on Kickstarter. The Project and film is called Naked Mind...

Ron Callari's comment, March 7, 2013 2:06 PM
I experienced something similar when I visited the monks in Ladakh, India about 10 years ago. Thx for sharing.
craig daniels's comment, March 7, 2013 2:12 PM
Thanks Ron for stopping by.. Meditation can really open up the mind.
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Hay House, Inc. | Product Details | Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace And Tranquility In Your Life

Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace And Tranquility In Your Life by Brian L. Weiss, M.D. - Hardcover with CD.

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10 Ways to Deal with Negative or Difficult People | Tiny Buddha

10 Ways to Deal with Negative or Difficult People | Tiny Buddha | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it
It's hard to stay positive and compassionate when someone around you is an energy drain. These ideas may help you deal, and maybe even help.
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Mindfulness Meditation Taster with Jon Kabat-Zinn

A short and very simple guided mindfulness meditation experience with Dr John Kabat-Zinn. (Try mindfulness, takes only 12 minutes. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a wonderful teacher who has developed MBSR (Mindfulness...
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Why Would Meditation Make Us More Willing to Act Compassionately? - Science and Religion Today

Why Would Meditation Make Us More Willing to Act Compassionately? - Science and Religion Today | The Mindful Life | Scoop.it

Why Would Meditation Make Us More Willing to Act Compassionately?

At this point, we don’t know exactly why meditation is increasing compassion. My suspicion is that it’s one of two mechanisms.

The first has to do with its ability to increase attention. The world is full of distracting stimuli—the game on your iPhone, the replay of a date last night running through your head, and the like—that often prevent us from truly recognizing what’s going on around us. Meditation has been shown to enhance attentional processes, and so it might just be that the people who had been meditating were more likely to notice that the other person was in pain. 

 

Another possibility, and the one that I favor, is that one goal of meditation is to break down categories. It’s meant to help individuals realize that everyone is linked and similar in some ways.

 

David DeSteno


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