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How We Practice Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness research is providing emerging evidence that different types of practices, the quality of practice, and the attitudes we assume as we engage in them, may result in differential effects.

Mindfulness: Am I Doing it Right?

Mindfulness practices can be incredibly healing and liberating. Many people who are new to mindfulness don't realize that the attitudes and intentions behind our practice are even more important than the practices themselves. Here we discuss some problematic views that can cause us to feel stuck.

Saying Yes to This Life

I recently encountered a social media post from a yogi to his partner that said, "Thank you for saying yes to this life..." I knew this beautiful sentiment was coming from his spiritual tradition, but it really got me thinking deeply - beyond…

Cultivating Wise Compassion

Compassion is openness to the presence of suffering combined with the desire to eliminate it and its causes. In this culture we can easily find ourselves swimming in a sea of fear and pain. Immersed every day in stories and images of danger…

Acceptance: Opening to What Is

Acceptance is one of the seven interdependent fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. In his book Full Catastrophe Living, he calls these attitudes "the soil in which…

Patience: Letting Things Unfold

Patience is one of the seven interdependent fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. In his book Full Catastrophe Living, he calls these attitudes "the soil in which you…

Trust: Openness Rooted in Wisdom

Trust is one of the seven interdependent fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. This is a sense of assuredness in the wisdom of the body, heart and mind to manage itself. Through…

Gratitude: Paying Our Debt of Thanks

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness for what we have received – acknowledging the good, especially that which comes from or exists outside of us. Its a skill that doesn’t come easily for many of us because survival instincts predispose…

Generosity: What’s Mine is Ours

Generosity is a fundamental attitude of mindfulness that has been added to Jon Kabat-Zinn’s original seven listed in his book, Full Catastrophe Living. This virtue is getting increased attention in the science arena due to its…

Embracing Beginnership

Beginner’s mind is one of the seven interconnected fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. In his book Full Catastrophe Living,

Unhacking Your Brain

Mindfulness is a skill and can be learned as a way to reclaim your power and rewire your brain for improved focus, equanimity, and emotion regulation. In the face of a culture that encourages mindlessness and reactivity, practicing mindfulness is an empowering means of asserting authorship of your psychological and emotional well-being.

The Elements of Mindfulness Practice

What distinguishes a mindfulness practice from other types of practices that support wellbeing? Its no surprise to me that mindfulness has become a household word in recent years. It is a way of living that is both elegantly simple and exceedingly powerful. When practiced skillfully, it becomes nothing less than transformative.
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Beginners Mind Challenge

Beginner’s mind is an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when approaching a person or a situation. It’s a useful strategy for practicing applied mindfulness and staying connected to the present moment when anxiety drags us into “what if” and future-based thinking.