Meeting Crossroads with Mindfulness

There are many times in our lives when we come to a crossroads and we’re presented with a choice about the path ahead. Times of crisis or turmoil, such as the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, offer opportunities to reconnect with our deepest truths and to remember who we really are, if we are open to it. Mindfulness can help us notice choice points as they arise, manage fear and uncertainty, see experiences clearly, connect with our values, and choose responses wisely.

Mindfulness of Social Communications

Mindfulness can help us make space to examine the intentions behind our social communications and align them with our highest values.

Mindfulness and Loneliness

Mindfulness can help us be more resilient in a time of isolation by helping us to cultivate a new relationship with loneliness. The attitudes and practices can provide a clearer and more compassionate lens through which we observe experience.

Mindfulness as Dialectic

The dissonance we feel around the apparent contradictions we encounter in life can cause much of our suffering when we are resistant to it. Taking a dialectical approach to our mindfulness practice can help us open to all of life's apparent contradictions and find greater freedom.
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Mindfulness of Reactivity

The practice of mindfulness can help us reduce emotional reactivity by allowing us to meet challenging or enticing experiences with a more open and nonjudgmental attitude, calming the nervous system, weakening the conditioned response over time, and giving us greater access to higher thinking and wise decision making.
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Mindfulness of Mistakes

The practice of mindfulness can help us view our mistakes with kindness and self-forgiveness, acknowledging they are an essential component of learning and growth.
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The Science of Mindfulness

The biological science behind the benefits of mindfulness meditation is showing us why it can be so effective in reducing stress and anxiety and revealing the brain mechanisms underlying them.

Mindfulness and Immune Response

More and more research is emerging indicating mindfulness is correlated with a healthy immune response - something worth paying attention to in the time of pandemic.
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What is Mindfulness?

The best way to understand mindfulness and how it can be helpful is to practice it - especially with the guidance of an experienced teacher. But, we will do our best to explain it simply and conceptually here. Mindfulness is a way of living,…

Nurturing a Formal Mindfulness Practice

Formal mindfulness practice is a training ground for whatever we may encounter in our lives, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. An unimaginable tomorrow becomes the beneficiary of today's practice by increasing the likelihood that our response, when it matters most, will be skillful.

Mindfulness of Self-Dealing

A dedicated mindfulness practice can help us notice our baser instinct for self-dealing. Over time, we become more aware of our deep interconnection. We see that we are inseparable from others and from our environment, and we naturally begin to relate to the world in a way that is in alignment with the greater good.

Relating Mindfully in a Time of Social Distance

In times of uncertainty and physical separation, the ability to relate to one another mindfully is more important than ever. Every call, text, email, and other means of relating across distance is ripe with the opportunity to make a meaningful connection through mindful communication.
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Mindfulness of Distress

A dedicated mindfulness practice can help prepare us to meet life's inevitable challenges with greater wisdom and ease. This might allow us to decrease our own suffering and prevent ourselves from mindlessly causing or exacerbating harm to others.

Mindfulness of Conduct

Mindfulness training offers us an embodied way of knowing when our choices are beneficial and when they are harmful. We become more conscious of the good feelings that arise when we act in alignment with our deepest values. With dedicated practice comes wisdom and a natural inclination toward what contributes to our collective wellbeing.
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Mindfulness and Spirituality

Is mindfulness a spiritual practice? It depends on your definition of both mindfulness and spirituality. The answer may be both yes and no...

Love is Immortal

Love is like an energy that flows from generation to generation, creating beneficial ripple effects across time. Rather than dying with the individual, love becomes our greatest gift to ourselves and others and our noblest legacy.

The Power of Mindfulness Based Programs

Mindfulness Based Programs can be powerful tools for increasing self-understanding, improving the way we relate to ourselves, others and the world, broadening our perspectives, and empowering ourselves through an expansion in our range of choices.