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Who Decides? Mindfulness of Multiplicity, Interdependence and Agency

We like to believe we are the authors of our own actions, but research is showing us behavior is complicated. Fortunately, mindfulness can help us make the subconscious processes that drive our impulses more conscious and intentional.

Mindfulness of Self-Referencing

Though self-referencing is a cognitive ability that can be useful for our survival, the unexamined mind can create unnecessary suffering when we react to this tendency in a habitual way.
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Mindfulness for Equalizing Self and Others

Our individual preferences and unconscious biases can add up to a profound impact on our collective wellbeing. The mindfulness practices of equalizing self and others help us realize that each of us is no less and no more worthy than anyone else.

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.

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.

Why Bias & Stereotyping Are Inconsistent with the Attitudes of Mindfulness

When we practice mindfulness, much of what we are practicing is being accurately self- and other-aware. Bias and stereotyping are distortions of reality. Mindfulness helps us learn to see through some of the illusions and distortions our human minds are vulnerable to and make wise decisions about them.