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GPS Guide: Mirabai Bush's Tips For Improving Work Performance With Mindfulness

GPS Guide: Mirabai Bush's Tips For Improving Work Performance With Mindfulness

Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 11:41:35 in Healthy Living

“I find walking meditation to be very powerful. In the workplace it can be easy to get distracted as you see other colleagues walking by, and the potential to get stopped to have a conversation is high. I suggest that you find a place inside or outside where you are less likely to run into people you know and just take a few minutes to walk. Walking meditation is also amazing when you might be suffering a headache or some other symptoms -- it takes you into a calmer state.”
Susan Rice Keystone XL Attacks Put White House In A Bind

Susan Rice Keystone XL Attacks Put White House In A Bind

Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 13:14:24 in Politics

“Nominate John Kerry and move on... sometimes a candidate has too much baggage and I believe that she is one such example. I”

sglahn817 on Dec 3, 2012 at 13:59:40

“Naw, stick with Rice and remind republicans that they know how to swallow.”

MPHX on Dec 3, 2012 at 13:48:14

“John Kerry not an option. Dems need his seat so another teabagger doesn't get voted in to replace him.”

Anonymous Conservative on Dec 3, 2012 at 13:38:45

“Didn't Kerry lose to Bush? How on earth would he ever have a chance?”

braq88 on Dec 3, 2012 at 13:36:44

“Not Kerry. That gives Scott Brown a path back to the Senate.”

Dkintaudi on Dec 3, 2012 at 13:35:37

“LOL...baggage? You're funny. I'd nominate Rice...let the republicans go on record with their foolishness.”
Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 14:43:07 in Business

“Wrong... people without health insurance do die. They ignore early warning signs of illness because they can't pay for a trip to the doctor or ER. They don't treat something when it's minor and then after it escalates to an emergency, it is too late. Yes, you can dial 911 and always be treated at the ER -- federal law mandates that no one can be turned away. But afterward, you can't pay for it. You lose your house, you lose everything. I think it's funny that the GOP is so fanatical about not adding to the deficit of the federal government, no matter how necessary or valuable that debt it is to the country as a whole, but they are perfectly fine with asking people who can't get insurance to increase their own debt to the point of bankruptcy. Why don't they care about the debt of the individual?? And then the longer term effects are that people can't pay that hospital bill and then we ALL pay for higher medical costs.”
Mindfulness Meditation Linked With Positive Brain Changes, Study Suggests

Mindfulness Meditation Linked With Positive Brain Changes, Study Suggests

Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 16:07:13 in Healthy Living

“This is such important evidence that mindfulness and meditation are not just a way to relax. If we call it a form of relaxation, that puts meditation on par with how much of society sees relaxation: leisure activities, reading, having a cocktail, etc. Meditation is something very different and it's hard to get people to understand this. I think for those of us who do meditate, we feel the difference and know it intuitively. Now there is the power of science, which will hopefully convince the analytical/logical types that it's beneficial.”
Daylight Saving Time 2012: Could 'Springing Forward' Hurt Your Health?

Daylight Saving Time 2012: Could 'Springing Forward' Hurt Your Health?

Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 18:43:20 in Healthy Living

“DST needs to be banished -- it is an outdated concept. With all the issues in our society around sleep deprivation, we are creating more by continuing this practice. I know everyone tends to like more light in the evening but as a morning person, I hate waking up in the dark. I can deal with it in the dead of winter but why bother forcing it upon us in spring? It takes me about a week to catch up and that's a lot of wasted energy!”

Catlady44 on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:30:27

“Like I said , stop crying and get out and enjoy the wonderful Daylight !”
Silencing the Myth of Meditation: You Don't Have to Sit Still to Be Present

Silencing the Myth of Meditation: You Don't Have to Sit Still to Be Present

Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 13:23:34 in Healthy Living

“A very good lesson for anyone who is concerned about the "boring" nature of meditation. Mindfulness and meditation are all about being present, no matter what you are doing or thinking. And yes, you can meditate while running. When I used to run in my youth, I found myself in a zone where the sound of my feet hitting the pavement, my breath, and the feel of the air through my hair all gave me a sense of calm. Because it's all about being entrenched in the detailed sensory process of whatever you are doing. I find those mindful moments in everyday acts.”
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Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line

Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 19:45:28 in Business

“Thank you for championing such a brilliant movement. So much research tells us that we need to change the way we work, and most of our corporate leaders remain fixated on an old paradigm. The leaders need to change -- not just in providing ways for employees to de-stress when work gets too intense, but in recognizing that if you continuously put intense work demands on employees with no sanctioned downtime, you are being inefficient and unproductive. And you're wasting money. In other words, leaders can't just provide training in mindfulness and other stress reduction programs while continuing to demand 24/7 access and heaping on more work with the expectations that you keep doing it faster. At some point, they have to stop the crushing workload. For example, employees should feel that they have permission to truly take a break during the day to and not end up paying for it by simply having to stay later into the evening. It is my greatest hope that corporate leaders pay attention to that money part as a way to get them to finally listen. Continue to sound the charge on this one -- it affects us all!”
10 Little Things to Do With Mindful Awareness

10 Little Things to Do With Mindful Awareness

Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 13:45:25 in Healthy Living

“I love when I see posts about how people find mindfulness in the little pockets of our lives. That truly is the power of being mindful. We need to keep advising people to explore mindfulness in our everyday lives. Also, loved the part about the tea!”

hp blogger Debbie Woodbury on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:17:26

“mymindfulyear: Tea meditation is so simple and relaxing. It really helps that it's a heated beverage, which I also find calming. Enjoy!”
Why I Failed to Achieve My Goals (And What I Did About It!)

Why I Failed to Achieve My Goals (And What I Did About It!)

Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 18:22:33 in Healthy Living

“It's like a sort of mindfulness for goals - you are where you are. The ability to set a goal and let go of the expectations around it is SO difficult. And yet, I've found greater peace when I stopped comparing my reality to my expectation. I may still be on my journey to exercise more, eat healthier, be more joyful but letting go of the expectations around NOT being at a certain milestone has tremendously reduced my stress. I owe that to mindfulness.”
'Warriors vs. Worriers': Why Normally Productive People Get Snowed by Stress

'Warriors vs. Worriers': Why Normally Productive People Get Snowed by Stress

Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 17:40:57 in Healthy Living

“So true that we can only manage our relationship with stress; we cannot eliminate it. And our thoughts create our reality. I have found meditation and mindfulness techniques to be quite helpful in learning to let thoughts come into my consciousness, and then move out. Learning that thoughts are not permanent is a huge help in not allowing stress to consume you.”
Dos and Don'ts When Teaching Mindfulness

Dos and Don'ts When Teaching Mindfulness

Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 16:38:28 in Healthy Living

“Your final tip about "practical not magical" is so important, and I think that is one of the best descriptions I've read yet. One of my best insights was having a clear understanding that this is a practice, and that it would take time to feel "different." And each experience is unique to the individual so some may find certain tools more impactful than others.”
Work to Live or Live to Work?

Work to Live or Live to Work?

Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 14:22:52 in Business

“Great reminders, and useful for everyone. Like most of us, I let myself fall into the "I just need to clear this one thing and THEN I can relax" mindset. While that attitude can foster accolades from leaders who want everyone to work faster, longer, and produce more with fewer resources, it can also burn you out. It's important for all of us worker bees to heed this advice -- it will actually allow us to be more productive and effective in the long run.”

JBlackstone on Feb 12, 2013 at 14:56:48

“Thank you!”
How Does a Mindful Practice Do Anything?

How Does a Mindful Practice Do Anything?

Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 18:55:27 in Healthy Living

“I loved the way you simplified the brain's various functions and then tied into the role of mindfulness. Another very important point to add for anyone starting mindfulness/meditation is that it can take time to feel "different." Using your example, it is similar to any muscle in that it takes time to see the results of our efforts. Same with meditation - keep practicing!”

hp blogger Michael Stanclift, N.D. on Feb 12, 2013 at 14:12:56

“Thank you, my goal was to make the subject digestible by most people. Thanks again for reading.”
Silent Retreat: Release Your Creativity

Silent Retreat: Release Your Creativity

Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 15:22:56 in Healthy Living

“A great reminder of the power of stillness, of silence. I think most people avoid silent spaces in their lives because they are afraid of being seen as unproductive. We have to get past this notion of being busy= being productive! Neuroscience proves this wrong and yet our business culture refuses to catch up to the modern-day data. In silence, I often find the creativity to envision new ideas, along with the courage to think of them as real rather than daydreams.”

hp blogger Bruce Davis, Ph.D. on Jan 30, 2013 at 23:39:03

“We are one...so much doing but so little substance....may there be much more heart, heart coming out of our silence...lots of joy for you! thanks...”
The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 13:33:43 in Healthy Living

“I do think there are important points in this article. However, from a structural perspective, this post is failing at what I believe is its core mission -- to educate. You could have done a greater service to the readers by countering each myth with what people really need to pay attention to. True, cholesterol levels are not the whole picture. But what is? Refined carbs, too much salt leading to hypertension, too much sugar. That said, I believe that inflammation and stress are probably the biggest contributors to our health crises. Lack of daily exercise/movement factors in as well.”
How Stand the Correlation of Forces in American Politics?

How Stand the Correlation of Forces in American Politics?

Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 13:21:48 in Politics

“More of the same from this party -- deny all facts and events because you don't agree with them. The country re-elected President Obama. Stop this obstructionist chest-thumping and get to work for the PEOPLE. Everyday in America, people from every walk of life, from every political party, have to COMPROMISE in their own lives. Stop trying to tear down every idea from the other party and work to find common ground. The citizens do this. Politicians need to do this. And pundits need to do it too. I know you would like to think you are somehow above it all but you're not. Get on board!!”
Déjà vu All Over Again?

Déjà vu All Over Again?

Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 14:29:45 in Healthy Living

“So true... we all have baggage that continues to "show up" in our lives. I find that taking a mindfulness approach to these repetitive cycles helps -- it removes the judgment of "why can't I fix this and move on?" If you just sit with it and acknowledge it, the frustration that too often accompanies it melts away. I thought my year of mindfulness would look different by now but it hasn't -- oh well. Many unanticipated things interrupted me and so I continue to look ahead, all the while staying aware that each moment will always pass into the next one. Nothing lasts forever. Keep up the great messages Matt (I took your NLP course in San Jose a couple of months ago)!”
Why We Put Happiness On Hold (And How To Stop Doing That)

Why We Put Happiness On Hold (And How To Stop Doing That)

Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 13:01:58 in Healthy Living

“Be happy for the moment you are in, for the ability to take a breath and perceive the world around you. Sure, you may be experiencing a less-than-perfect moment but it's important to always realize that being alive is worthy of happiness.”
Brilliant Women, It's Time to Leap

Brilliant Women, It's Time to Leap

Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 14:46:23 in Women

“An empowering reminder of what we all need to do -- thank you for such an impactful post!”
Finding Your Soul's Bearings on New Frontier: Creative Learning

Finding Your Soul's Bearings on New Frontier: Creative Learning

Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 13:02:54 in Healthy Living

“I'm going to save this eloquent post -- you have managed to remind me of how often I want to "know" the outcome, to have that insurance policy before I take a leap. Reading this inspires me to let those thoughts pass through me because they will only hold me back. Life is unpredictable and ambiguous and looking inward will help us as we navigate it. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder!”

hp blogger Dr. Cara Barker on Sep 21, 2012 at 12:39:12

“Dear mymindfulyear,

I am so sorry my response to you did not show for some reason earlier. But, that said, I want to express to you, once more, how appreciative I am for your response and wisdom. Those leaps of faith are very real, so who amongst us does not wish for an insurance policy here and there? This is the beauty: we are the safety net for one another in the 'tremble' before and during the leap. All is well. All is well.

Be the Love,
Cara

I am delighted you are here!”

hp blogger Dr. Cara Barker on Sep 20, 2012 at 23:00:02

“mymindfulyear, I am grateful for your kind words and authenticity. You are not alone. How grand it would be to have that insurance policy before we leap. I've never found one, however, and it seemed that sooner or later I needed to take that leap, regardless. Happily, we are not alone, even if it seems so at the ledge.

Be the Love that you are,
Cara”

Purrrfection on Sep 20, 2012 at 15:07:44

“I'm going to save it, too. I find this entire post about "life's stormy seas" quite poignant and insightful on many levels.

The way I see it is that it's always so easy to love and be loved but so challenging to face the pain of hurting. Glad to know I'm not alone.”

Jackandcoke on Sep 20, 2012 at 14:07:15

“Isn't the journey of not knowing a beautiful thing if you just remain still with what is? I like your , "Life is unpredictable and ambiguous..." You can add constanlty changing. A very beautiful post here.”
Mindfulness and the Body

Mindfulness and the Body

Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 23:58:21 in Healthy Living

“So true -- it takes some time to get this concept as we are so attuned to visualizing things. I'm much better at my body scan meditation than when I first started learning!”
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Losing Control, on Purpose!

Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 19:52:05 in Healthy Living

“Great post, and wonderful thoughts to consider. Control is an illusion. We think we have control in many mundane, non-emotional areas of our lives (our work, our household chores, our gardening, our water and electricity coming in to our house, our morning coffee, etc). But we really don't. It's a tough concept to understand because part of our human survival relates to having some level of predictability about our world. Once we realize that nothing is truly completely within our control, it can help us to free ourselves, to surrender. I left a lucrative corporate job that was stressing me out, and my quest ever since is to explore mindfulness in everyday life. Each day, I embrace mindfulness and these techniques help you to surrender.”
Moving Toward Silence...

Moving Toward Silence...

Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 19:34:53 in Healthy Living

“Such a simple yet powerful post. Kudos to you for framing it in such a straightforward way. Sometimes people misunderstand what meditation is -- they think it's something they "do" or something that must be done a certain way. But really, meditation is about silencing the mind. It may not be silent around you but that does not prevent you from taking a silent time out. If more people understood it this way, more people might be willing to explore it.”
Dare to Live Beyond Your Resume

Dare to Live Beyond Your Resume

Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 19:48:19 in College

“I think your underlying message in writing this is to invite people to question the "larger" goal in life, which is to do something that inspires you each day. This is an admirable thing to do, particularly at an age of going out into the world for the beginning of your career. You view the résumé as an artificial statement of "success," and you are asking why we chain ourselves to a piece of paper as a means to represent ourselves, as a means to our core identity. Lofty question, indeed -- I think it's important to ask that no matter what your age or place in your career. I like your big-picture thinking. As a side note, I must point out that the value of this post coming from a college newspaper is tarnished by the fact that you didn't correctly spell résumé in this article. Newspaper writers/journalists should know to do this, FYI.”
A Simple Practice That Can Make You Happy

A Simple Practice That Can Make You Happy

Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 19:25:36 in Healthy Living

“My recommendation for people who are just starting to meditate is to do it this way -- just a minute or two sprinkled in your day. That way meditation is more a sense of "being," of stillness, for a few minutes rather than something you need to DO. If you think of it as a task, it is hard to gain the full potential of the meditation practice. Understandably it will feel like that as you are starting out. But try not to ascribe it to a list of things "to do." That will help you tremendously!”
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