Mindfulness of Self-Fulfilling Assumptions

Assumptions are one of the many mental habits that can cause us and those around us much suffering. A practice of mindfulness can clarify this, offering us a wider range of choices for wise responding.

Mindfulness of Good and Evil

The practice of mindfulness allows us to think more broadly and flexibly, going beyond the dualities of us or them, black and white, and all or nothing thinking.

The Case for Community Mindfulness Practice

At the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, we honor thousands of years of wisdom tradition in elevating the importance of community in the development of a robust practice.

Six Years of Ashtanga Yoga

In year six, the evolution of an Ashtanga yoga practice and the difficulties faced amidst a pandemic creates opportunities for insight and wisdom.

Mindfulness of Useful Fictions

Useful fictions are mind tools that help us understand and navigate the world, but we can inadvertently cause harm to ourselves and others when we're not mindful of them.

Three Interrelated “I”s of Mindfulness Based Insight

Seeing through the lens of three interrelated "I"s is a framework that might help us awaken to the role we play individually and collectively in co-constructing our reality.

Mindfulness: An Upstream Approach

Mindfulness training can help us cultivate the fundamental skills needed for a paradigm shift that might reduce or eliminate the primary causes of human suffering.

Mindful Eating: Nourish Bowls

Mindful eating is a wonderful way to practice mindfulness while fulfilling a basic need, repairing an unhealthy relationship with food, and improving attunement to the body's requirements and signals.

My Mindfulness Teacher Training Journey: Embodiment of Gratitude

MAM teacher Cathan Kabrelian tells about her mindfulness teacher training journey and the insights she experienced along the way.

Practice Equals Pressure Plus Persistence

MAM teacher Shane Ledford discusses the importance of patience, persistence, and perseverance in the practice and teaching of mindfulness

Are You an Upstander?

Being an upstander requires us to be mindful and observant, willing to bear witness to the suffering of others, and open to taking wise and compassionate action to help reduce that suffering. It involves an attitude of looking out for one another and taking an active role in co-creating a more just world.

Mindfulness of Values

Mindfulness can play a key role in connecting our actions with our values through practicing sustaining closer objective attention to what is actually happening in our lives, rather than relying on assumptions or wishes.

Mindfulness of Empowerment

When things feel completely out of our control, our mindfulness practice can help us see where we are truly empowered.

Mindfulness of Ego

Through a dedicated mindfulness practice, we are increasingly able to notice the ego at work, reduce our reactivity to ego threats, and make choices about how to respond in a way that is skillful - not just for ourselves, but for the benefit of all.

Mindfulness at a Crossroads

In times of great change, our mindfulness practice can empower and fortify us to be activists for a better world, in a sustainable way, for the 10,000 mile journey ahead.

Patience Now, My Friends

We can cultivate the attitudes of mindfulness, such as patience and trust, through the most humble of life's lessons when we're open to it - including in the blooming of the last lotus of the season.

Bearing Witness

Bearing witness requires that we remain open to all that life brings us; birth and death, beauty and ugliness, joy and pain, beginnings and endings.

Cultivating Contemplative Skills

Contemplative learning and practice integrate introspection and direct experience, cultivating wisdom through the development of fundamental skills supporting individual and collective wellbeing. Mindfulness is an essential component underlying all of these skills.