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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.

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 Worthiness

What if we measured worthiness through prosocial qualities such as kindness, compassion, empathy, and respect for others, rather than extraordinary abilities or achievements? These qualities can create beneficial feedback loops, helping others feel worthy through our own embodiment of unconditional love and positive regard.

Love, Empowerment and Clarity: The Mindful Trinity

Compassion as love, benevolence as empowerment, and wisdom as clarity are beneficial qualities cultivated through mindfulness that can help us make the world a better place.
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Mindfulness of Social Media

It's temping to retaliate with cruel remarks or put-down humor when offensive posts come across our social media feeds. Mindfulness can give us the skills needed to respond more skillfully so that our online presence might become a force for good.
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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.

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.

Mindfulness of Responsibility

When we dare to take responsibility with mindfulness and compassion, we find the motivation to face great challenges and tap into our potential to contribute to a better world.

Bridging the Emotion Gap

Mindfulness is a form of remembering - a way of coming back to the moment and home to ourselves, bridging the emotion gap so that we can respond more compassionately and with greater wisdom.

Mindfulness and Relationships

Research is demonstrating that mindfulness can help us build stronger, more satisfying and resilient relationships - yet another example of how this innate human potential, when cultivated with benevolent intention, might help us reduce suffering in the world and increase wellbeing.

Mindfulness and Creativity

Creativity is a highly valued quality that has fueled the solutions to some of our most pressing problems and sparked wonderful innovations that make our lives more enjoyable and less difficult. Research is demonstrating that mindfulness may enhance creativity through a number of mechanisms of action.

Mindfulness and Prosocial Behavior

Mindfulness and prosocial behavior, or actions intended to benefit others, are correlated, contributing to positive feelings, increased motivation and productivity, and to the overall wellbeing of society.

Near Enemies of Compassion

Compassion is a necessary ingredient in engaged mindfulness; however, as with any concept, it's susceptible to misunderstanding and manipulation. In previous posts we have discussed the difference between wise and unskillful compassion. Here…

Self-Compassion, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Recently Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Dr. Sydney Spears, provided an interview for Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris in which she shared her views on the important role of self-compassion in diversity, equity and inclusion work and vice…

Radical Compassion

Radical compassion means nothing and nobody is excluded from the circle of kindness. The best evidence shows its good for us individually and as a society, but it can be difficult for us to trust given US mainstream cultural conditioning. Cultivating radical compassion takes courage and persistence, but when collectively practiced, it can become a powerful force for personal and societal transformation.

Are Good Intentions Enough?

Even when we are in touch with our intentions and they are good, our compassionate actions can be unskillful. Mindfulness, discernment, balance and equanimity in the face of suffering are also important factors in increasing the likelihood that our helping will be truly helpful.

Tuning In to the Mindfulness Conspiracy

Busting myths about mindfulness and highlighting the importance of dedicating practice to the benefit of all beings.