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A Journey with Mindfulness: Mindfulness and Transformation

MAM teacher, Tatiana Padron Perich, writes about her personal mindfulness journey and how her mindfulness teacher training experience helped expand and broaden her understanding.

How We Practice Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness research is providing emerging evidence that different types of practices, the quality of practice, and the attitudes we assume as we engage in them, may result in differential effects.

The Case for Community Mindfulness Practice

At the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, we honor thousands of years of wisdom tradition in elevating the importance of community in the development of a robust practice.

Mindful Eating: Nourish Bowls

Mindful eating is a wonderful way to practice mindfulness while fulfilling a basic need, repairing an unhealthy relationship with food, and improving attunement to the body's requirements and signals.

Mindfulness as Antidote

The practice of mindfulness can act as an antidote, helping us to counteract potentially harmful automatic processes such as ignorance, emotional illiteracy, indifference and hedonic adaptation.

Nurturing a Formal Mindfulness Practice

Formal mindfulness practice is a training ground for whatever we may encounter in our lives, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. An unimaginable tomorrow becomes the beneficiary of today's practice by increasing the likelihood that our response, when it matters most, will be skillful.
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Mindfulness and Spirituality

Is mindfulness a spiritual practice? It depends on your definition of both mindfulness and spirituality. The answer may be both yes and no...

Planning a Mindfulness Retreat

A mindfulness retreat can be a powerful practice to add to our mindfulness repertoire. Here are some tips and strategies for making it a truly beneficial experience.

Escaping the Cycle of Suffering

Much of the pain we experience in life is not within our control. Random and unexpected things happen that thwart our best laid plans and threaten our happiness. Because we're not all-knowing, we make mistakes and pay the price. Fortunately…

Five Years of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga offers a unique opportunity to connect with inner experience, providing a blank canvas upon which our dispositions, mental and emotional patterns, and behavioral traits come into stark relief.

Drop by Drop: The Power of Persistence

The practice of mindfulness can help us harness the power of persistence to develop more constructive ways of being in the world. We're better able to let go of unhelpful habits and respond to setbacks with resilience.

Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice

Cultivating a mindfulness practice strengthens beneficial qualities that mature into a more skillful way of being in the world. When we let go of attachment to outcome and direct our efforts to creating the best possible conditions, we find the courage to persevere.

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.

Embodying What We Teach

While there is great value in the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, no teacher is as potent an instructor as lived experience. In mindfulness training, knowledge arises out of the direct experience of the teacher's own mindfulness practice and is transmitted through one's embodiment of these attitudes and practices. The teacher isn't an expert per se, but a fellow traveler on a shared journey.

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.

Mindfulness: Am I Doing it Right?

Mindfulness practices can be incredibly healing and liberating. Many people who are new to mindfulness don't realize that the attitudes and intentions behind our practice are even more important than the practices themselves. Here we discuss some problematic views that can cause us to feel stuck.

Mindfulness on the Digital Horizon

Meeting online, for a great number of people, is the only way they can realistically participate in mindfulness classes and practice meetings. Not everyone can make it to a meditation center. For these individuals, the virtual community can be a lifeline. But, what happens when, on the sole basis of preference, we curate the inconvenience of face-to-face interactions in our learning, practice and daily lives?

Self-Care or Self-Limitation?

With the start of the new year, many of us are thinking about the ways we will care for ourselves going forward and the healthy practices we'd like to cultivate or maintain. But, how can we know what's truly good for us? Mindfulness can help us be more discerning.