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What is Mindfulness?

The best way to understand mindfulness and how it can be helpful is to practice it - especially with the guidance of an experienced teacher. But, we will do our best to explain it simply and conceptually here. Mindfulness is a way of living,…

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.

A Mindfulness Center in the Midwest: The Terrific Twos

The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is rounding out our second year as Kansas City's premier nonsectarian mindfulness and meditation center. Our experiences have been invaluable and we continue to learn as we build community together.

Mindful Self-Forgiveness

Mindful self-forgiveness opens us to the truth of our situation, making it possible to learn from our mistakes and prevent them from reoccurring.
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Meet the Teacher: Tatiana Padrón Perich

Meet Tatiana Padrón Perich, a core community teacher for Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM) and Certified Systemic Ontological Coach. Tatiana is a person with many skills and talents. In her country of birth, Venezuela, she was a successful…

Tuning In to the Mindfulness Conspiracy

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

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.

Our Best Chance is Mindfulness

Is mindfulness the best hope for humanity? If we were truly aware, the vast majority of us would likely be relating to ourselves and the world with greater compassion and wisdom. But, it's easier to to stay asleep...

The Bottom Line is Mindfulness

Mass mindlessness causes great suffering for ourselves and other living beings. Maintaining a personal mindfulness practice may be one of the most important things we can do to liberate ourselves and the world from the tyranny of our own unexamined minds.

The Mindfulness Spiral

When we are operating on autopilot, we are vulnerable to being caught up in a self-perpetuating downward spiral of reactivity that, for some people, can lead to depression and anxiety. Training in mindfulness can help disrupt this painful pattern. A self-perpetuating upward spiral gains momentum, cultivating greater equanimity and wellbeing.

Evidence vs Intuition

"Listen to your gut" can be dubious advice. Mindfulness can increase awareness of our gut instincts and allow us to include other important information that may be available in a given situation. This helps us respond with greater wisdom and increases the likelihood that outcomes will be more satisfying for all involved.

Why Bias & Stereotyping Are Inconsistent with the Attitudes of Mindfulness, Part 1

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.

A Mindfulness Center in the Midwest: Our First Year

The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is celebrating one year as an official entity. Take a look at what has transpired since we took the plunge.

Embodying Practice

Its difficult enough to maintain a dedicated formal mindfulness practice in this culture of busyness and striving. Its another thing altogether to endeavor to embody the practices in everyday life. The ideal environment of a dedicated practice…

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…

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…

The Myths of Mindfulness

Mindfulness might be considered a household word these days and in its dissemination, it has been mischaracterized in a number of ways. It is a state of being that can be cultivated with practice, involving purposeful, yet gentle and…

Yoga Asana: A Moving Mindfulness Practice

For many people in the US, yoga is a wonderful entryway into the mindfulness and meditative practices. The use of movement makes it very accessible to those of us who struggle with restlessness and difficulty concentrating. In fact, asana (body…