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Relinquishing the Uncontrollable, Unhelpful, and Unowned

Mindfulness can help us recognize when our hanging on isn't skillful and cultivate the skills we need to let go of what is uncontrollable, unhelpful, or unowned.

Mindfulness of Fear

Our reactivity to fear is at the root of many of the worlds most pressing problems. Fortunately, there is an antidote to fear and our mindfulness and heart practices can help.

Mindfulness of Backlash

Mindfulness can help us avoid being swept away by backlash and create space for wise responding in alignment with our highest values.
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Mindfulness of Renunciation

We all desire relief from the background of unease, dissatisfaction, or restlessness that tends to accompany us everywhere we go when we are in a mind state of wanting, or its mirror image twin not-wanting. Renunciation, or deciding not to act on our wanting, uncovers truths that may typically be camouflaged by our unexamined drives and habits.

Is Mindfulness Working for Me?

How can mindfulness teachers and practitioners embrace trauma sensitivity and welcome the diverse spectrum of human needs, while avoiding being overprotective or inadvertently reinforcing a mainstream, culturally sanctioned "me first, right now" attitude?
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Mindfulness of Dissonance

In this post-fact era when uncertainty seems rampant, mindfulness can help us examine the dissonance that arises when evidence challenges our usual ways of thinking and being.

Mindfulness of Miswanting

One powerful benefit of a dedicated mindfulness practice is it can help us see through our problematic human habits and unconscious biases, including the miswanting that keeps us running ourselves ragged on a hedonic treadmill.

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.
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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.

Building Confidence Mindfully

Life serves us up a rollercoaster ride of experiences that can leave us feeling insecure and confused. The practice of mindfulness can help us cultivate the equanimity needed to feel anchored, confident and balanced amidst the fickle winds of worldly concerns.

Mindfulness of Indifference: Finding Refuge in Neutral

When we practice the mindful attitude of equanimity rather feeling indifferent to our neutral experiences, we can learn to take refuge in the blank canvas moments of our lives.

Liberation: The True Meaning of Freedom

True freedom comes from within. Through the practice of mindfulness we cultivate an understanding of, and a new relationship with, the things that most often hold us captive, such as ignorance, attachment and aversion.

The Power of Paradox

Mindfulness practice is filled with paradoxes - things that seems absurd or antithetical at first glance, but upon closer inspection, turn out to be true. They provide powerful lessons that things aren't always as they seem and prompt us to look more closely at our experiences.

Foundations of Mindfulness

There are four foundational elements of mindfulness - key areas for focusing careful attention in meditation practice. Through exploration of body sensations, feeling tones, mental states, and the nature of experience, we can gain insight and decrease suffering in ourselves and others.

Radical Acceptance

It might come as a surprise to you that something as calm, balanced, and rational as acceptance can be considered radical. What makes something radical? For our purposes, it means it is both 1) a departure from the traditional, and 2) complete…

Obstacles to Mindfulness

Although the practice of mindfulness is simple in concept, it can be challenging in execution due to a number of habits and human tendencies that can create obstacles for us.

Curating a State of Mind

A retreat I recently attended offered a great reminder that we are ultimately responsible for curating our own state of mind. Most of us are fortunate to posses the ability to select, organize, and look after the contents of mind we wish to…

Facing Aversion

Aversion involves the desire to turn away from or avoid something unwanted. Most often experienced as annoyance, disliking, disgust, or even hatred, aversion obscures reality by turning attention away from what is present, preventing us from truly understanding our experience. By learning to face aversion, we can gather important information that can help us respond to life situations with greater ease and wisdom.