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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.

The Gift of Mindful Attention

Research is indicating that mindfulness and meditation practice is correlated with enhanced attention and concentration. Through practice we can learn to harness this precious resource in service to the greater good.

Cultivating a Flexible Mind

Cognitive flexibility is an executive function that has been shown to be positively correlated with mindfulness and meditation practice. When we are more flexible, we're better able to nimbly shift and switch gears in response to life's changing demands resulting in greater resilience.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Becoming Disillusioned

For most of us, day to day life, on some level, is like a mirage. We function on automatic pilot, doing without truly inhabiting our experience. We proceed as though the people and things we count on will last forever – as if we are sovereign…

The Power of Intention

Intention is the driver behind action and our ethics inform our intentions. Together these concepts are important because they orient us and point us in a certain direction. Aligning our mindfulness practice with our highest values helps us step out of the cycle of suffering and live with greater purpose.

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.

Radical Acceptance

It might come as a surprise to you that something as calm, balanced, and rational as acceptance can be considered radical. What makes something radical? For our purposes, it means it is both 1) a departure from the traditional, and 2) complete…

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.

Facing Aversion

Aversion involves the desire to turn away from or avoid something unwanted. Most often experienced as annoyance, disliking, disgust, or even hatred, aversion obscures reality by turning attention away from what is present, preventing us from truly understanding our experience. By learning to face aversion, we can gather important information that can help us respond to life situations with greater ease and wisdom.

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…

Cultivating Wise Compassion

Compassion is openness to the presence of suffering combined with the desire to eliminate it and its causes. In this culture we can easily find ourselves swimming in a sea of fear and pain. Immersed every day in stories and images of danger…