Mindfulness Blog

April 6, 2015

by Yi‑Yuan Tang, Britta K. Hölzel, and Michael I. Posner

Research over the past two decades broadly supports the claim that mindfulness meditation — practiced widely for the reduction of stress and promotion of health — exerts beneficial effects on physical and mental health, and cognitive performance. Recent neuroimaging studies have begun to uncover the brain areas and...

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March 2, 2015

Orginially published in Mindful Magazine
March 1, 2015

Before we read further, let’s pause for a moment and consider our circumstances. Chances are if you are reading this magazine, you are in a comfortable, safe setting, with access to virtually unlimited...

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December 15, 2014

Here in this poem by Rumi we are reminded that by offering our very finest to others we can  inspire the best in our world with command, grace and distinction.

 

The Guest House

 

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness...

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November 11, 2014

A lesson from three monkeys

Question: Why are these three monkeys playing deaf, dumb and blind?  

  1. So they can appear innocent while ignoring reality.
  2. So they can be sincere and phony at the same time.
  3. So they can behave disgracefully without having to notice.
  4. All of the above   

Answer:  #4

While the conventional explanation is...

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October 18, 2014

Meditation practice introduces us to the fresh, open and spontaneous experience of our wakeful lives in the present moment. We also learn about our tendency to promptly camouflage this wakefulness as our “watcher” tries to catalogue life rather than actually live it. Here Daniel Kahneman helps us distinguish between our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves...

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September 23, 2014

Generally speaking, for Buddhists, “Science” with all its intellectual discipline and earnestness tends to end up being a “tourist’s view” - giving itself the false impression of  being fully involved with reality but in fact engaging it at a distance – peering through a “watcher’s lens” - rehearsing “existence” rather than  fully expressing it – and...

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September 8, 2014

In today’s modern world of frenzy, we are urged to move faster, accomplish more, succeed, don’t fail….we all know the score. Especially in our careers and education, we chase graduation, credentials, jobs, promotions and “security.” Factor in all-pervasive social media, lack of well paying jobs, and the dismantling of higher education, it’s like living life on steroids while traveling on a...

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