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Is Mindfulness Working for Me?

How can mindfulness teachers and practitioners embrace trauma sensitivity and welcome the diverse spectrum of human needs, while avoiding being overprotective or inadvertently reinforcing a mainstream, culturally sanctioned "me first, right now" attitude?
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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Sydney Spears, PhD: My First Experience as a Person of Color in MSC

A mindfulness teacher discusses her search for internal cultural-racial connection in her personal mindfulness and self-compassion journey as well as the importance of acknowledging and honoring the visible and invisible intersections of diverse identities in the groups in which we participate.

Radical Self-Acceptance

The cultivation of mindfulness is just one crucial step in our journey toward greater balance. Radical self-acceptance allows us to bring our whole selves to our experience so that we can respond skillfully to what is here. It encourages us to face facts, have an honest and direct relationship with ourselves and our lives, and ultimately become the lamp that guides us along the path to greater peace and freedom.

Self-Care or Self-Flagellation?

Are you holding yourself in servitude to shoulds, oughts, and musts? Instead, make an active commit to non-self-harming. Mindful self-care is part of a practice of non-violence toward oneself, embracing attitudes and actions that are self-respecting and life affirming.

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.

Befriending Yourself

Compassion is a willingness to be open to the suffering of another combined with a desire to eliminate it. It is a fundamental attitude of mindfulness that is cultivated with practice. Compassion has many benefits for both the giver…

Mindfulness Practice in 3D: Dedication, Diligence, Devotion

Do you have the patience to wait until the mud settles and your water is clear?  - Lao Tzu Mindfulness is both a way of life and a practice. Although some benefit can be seen after even very brief exposure, life changing paradigm shifts…