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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.
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Mindfulness of Reactivity

The practice of mindfulness can help us reduce emotional reactivity by allowing us to meet challenging or enticing experiences with a more open and nonjudgmental attitude, calming the nervous system, weakening the conditioned response over time, and giving us greater access to higher thinking and wise decision making.

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 Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI), or the awareness of and ability to modulate emotions and interact with others empathetically, is positively correlated in the research with mindfulness and meditation practice. Cultivating EI helps us communicate, manage stress, and solve problems more effectively.

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.

Mindfulness of Self-Conscious Emotions: Embarassment

We have all felt the harsh, burning glare of embarrassment pinning us like a bug to a specimen board for close inspection. Mindfulness can help us meet this painful self-conscious emotion with greater wisdom and equanimity.

Mindfulness of Self-Conscious Emotions: Pride

Though we are often encouraged to take pride in our accomplishments or the groups we associate ourselves with, this self-conscious emotion can become an obstacle and lead to suffering. Mindfulness can help us cultivate more skillful states of mind that have a greater likelihood of leading to lasting happiness.

Mindfulness of Self-Conscious Emotions

Can mindfulness help free us from the discomfort of self-consciousness? When we cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion, we can liberate ourselves from the tyranny of "I, me and mine", making space to live with greater authenticity.

Self-Care as Responsibility

Self-care is something we must prioritize and attend to, not only for our own wellbeing, but also for the benefit of those we love. When we practice mindful self-care, we build the patience, trust and confidence needed to sustain compassion for self and others over the long term so we can truly make a difference.

Don’t Let Your Calm be Disturbed

Why is our calm so easily disturbed? Our culture values self promotion over humility, action over careful consideration, and passion over contentment. These human proclivities keep us off balance, tossed around by the waves of experience and…

Hack Proof Your Human Operating System with Mindfulness

I recently watched an excellent Ted Talk by Yuval Noah Harari about the unintended consequences of technology and big data. It begged some interesting questions: How well do you know yourself? Do you have a good understanding of your human…

Revolution from the Inside Out

Mindfulness can be a revolutionary act of intrinsic empowerment. Practicing mindful inquiry in the face of difficult, intense, or overwhelming experiences is an empowering way of maintaining equanimity and remaining connected to our internal wisdom.