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Mindful Awareness

The Result of Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School: EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

This post is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series on Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School. As a clinical psychologist and forensic expert in sp...

Michael Jordan's Mindfulness Meditation Coach: The Secret Weapon of Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and You

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee

Woo-woo or not, compassion is needed today more than ever, and perhaps mindfulness can help bring us there. Through Mumford's book, we can all learn to be Mindful Athletes in our day-to-day lives.

Mindfulness Without Borders & The YMCA Academy: Transcendental Education for the 21st Century

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Mindfulness based education for children and teens requires specialized training, delivery, awareness, and skill. It can seem as easy as implementing one simple lesson in a classroom, but to truly hold space for the powerful development that can occur requires very special attention and skill.

#EdJourney: Producing a Culture of Education Innovation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

In the fall of 2012, a man left his wife and home for 3 months, to travel across the country in his Prius, and visit more than 60 schools. He was int...

The First Leader in My Life:

Manijeh Motaghy | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Manijeh Motaghy

Since I wrote my blog about COMANDS: The Seven Traits/Skills of Effective Leadership, many people have asked me to say more about my grandmother, Esma...

COMANDS: Seven Skills/Traits of Effective Leadership

Manijeh Motaghy | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Manijeh Motaghy

Research shows mindful awareness practiced regularly can become a trait. Here are seven skills/traits combined as the COMANDS model for great leadership with effective results. Here is a brief summary.

Disability Awareness Activist Uyanga Erdenebold, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Nomin Dari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Nomin Dari

Most of us know the difficulty of learning a foreign language. Now, imagine the triumph of learning a foreign language, blind. Uyanga Erdenebold, has not only done that, but is also the recipient of the first Fulbright Scholarship awarded to a blind Mongolian student.

On Savoring Life

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Isn't savoring our lives at least as important as enjoying Reese's? For, like chocolate, this moment will be gone in a flash. So, it's probably worth paying attention to.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: How to Meditate: 18 Tips to Successful Sitting Practice

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

In order to lead a more enlightened life, it is important, first of all, to understand how the human mind works. We are often unknowing prisoners of our minds, swept away by whatever thought we may be having at the time. We give our thoughts too much power.

I Have All the Answers

Caitlin Fisch | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Caitlin Fisch

My voice is growing stronger as I become less afraid to fail. The more I know that I am a valuable person, no matter what I do or say, the more I am able to tolerate and enjoy the ups and downs of life.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Trials of Michael Jackson: How Fame Killed the King of Pop

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 10.19.2013 | Celebrity
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Fame at an early age also prevented Michael from living a normal - and necessary - childhood, leaving him ill equipped for adulthood. That is why he became fixated in pre-pubescence, forever Peter Pan, forever a lost boy.

Maximize Your Inner Happiness, With One Simple Mindfulness Practice

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

We have little control over outer conditions, but we can definitely influence how we choose to respond. How are you feeling right now? Is it pleasant, or unpleasant? And how do you react?

What Does It Mean To Have 'Enough'?

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Nothing is perfect or everlasting. It is worth our while to contemplate deeply, mindfully and periodically on our own meaning of life. Racing toward only money, power and status is likely to leave us unfulfilled.

Mindful Dishwashing

Patrick Groneman | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Patrick Groneman

His light-heartedness, which we so enjoyed, lingered even after he had left. It was marked by a great sense of mindfulness and presence, exemplified in the way he would clean the dishes after a meal. Maitreya remarked: "Yeah, it's like the world is at ease when he washes the dishes."

5 Reminders To Be Kinder To Yourself

Dr. Cynthia Thaik | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Self-criticism leads to negative thought patterns, self-doubt, and anxiety, which in turn can wreak havoc on the heart and the immune system, and prevent us from leading the lives that we truly deserve.

In Vienna, Meditating on Lemon Meringue

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

After the final bite, I was aware of having fully enjoyed the experience of that lemon meringue pie. And then I realized that being fully in an experience facilitates letting the experience pass into the realm of memory without nostalgia or regret, or planning for "just one more."

Smart Strategies To Keep Technology From Stressing You Out

meQuilibrium | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living

Your device isn't evil in and of itself. But it can run roughshod over you if you let it. Here are some strategies to keep your phone, tablet, laptop, and everything else from wrecking your mood and your day.

How To Stop Feeling Rushed

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

How do you feel when you're rushing? Perhaps there's a bit of positive excitement, but if you're like me, there's mostly, if not entirely, a sense of tension, discomfort, and anxiety. This kind of stress isn't pleasant for the mind, and over time it's really bad for the body.

The Best Definition of Success

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

We are all incredibly busy. But, Emerson's quote reminds me that "busyness" alone will never bring us the success of which he speaks. In fact, I'm starting to understand that a life based solely on "busyness" risks the opposite of success.

Relaxation Games

Jon Wortmann | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

We can't always sit still or slow our minds down enough to enjoy meditation. What we can do is turn relaxation into a playful way of being. Over time, the more we learn to be present and love where we are, making room for just sitting begins to happen naturally.

The Price of One Negative Thought

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Positive thinking is a good thing. But without being vigilant about the power of negative thinking, all the good thoughts in the world will not defeat negativity if you give it space to flourish.

8 Reasons Why 'Being Present' Is A Good Idea

Pragito Dove | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

The key here is that we approach this practice with gentleness and kindness. Each time we recognize thinking and come back into the present moment, we are planting a seed of awareness. We are creating a new habit -- a new way of being in the world.

Why the Muffin Top Deserves a Grand Comeback

Alison Shulman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Alison Shulman

How much is enough? How much should we consume each day when presented with more than we can handle? And should we always leave something on the plate? What will you leave on your plate today?

Is Mindfulness Enough?

Anthony Strano | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

Mindfulness and heartfulness catalyze a partnership of opposites. They integrate together meaningfully to effect a more functional quality to daily living.

Enjoy Now

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The present moment is continually passing away, so if you try to hold onto it in any way -- such as by remembering it or forming ideas about it -- you are no longer in the present. Therefore, relax. Open to this moment. Not planning, not worrying, not lost in thought.