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Mindfulness Practice

Looking for Groundhogs: Everyday Mindfulness

Katie Craig | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Craig

It's easy not to notice the groundhogs or blooming flowers or even the smiling faces in a crowd if I am caught up in my own drama. It is easy to get swept up in meaningless negative mental chatter. Noticing the groundhogs takes practice.

Mindfulness. The Key to Productivity?

Renee Cullinan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
Renee Cullinan

At first glance, mindfulness and productivity appear to be polar opposites. But look again. Mindfulness and productivity have one striking thing in common: They are focused on where and how time is spent.

What You Gain By Ditching Your Smartphone

High50 | Posted 10.07.2014 | Fifty
High50

I've always been an early adopter of technology and hadn't realised the insidious changes that the best, fun technology had wrought. I now know that I am so assaulted with attention-grabbing gadgets and the ever-increasing demands of instant communications that I need to make time to disengage.

Can Just 30 Minutes a Day Make a Difference in a Child's Education?

Rob Furman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

Homework is practice. You should practice at least 30 minutes a day on your academics just as you would an instrument or a sport.

Practice Humor. Because Crying and Eating Is Funny.

Ann Imig | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Ann Imig

Have you ever tried to cry and eat at the same time? It's difficult, but possible. Recently, I watched a sad Internet video and I cried... while continuing to eat my delicious Oats N' More directly from the box.

'Five Easy Steps' for Approaching 'Five Easy Steps'

Michael H. Brooks | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael H. Brooks

The challenge seems to be that the writers fail to reinforce the necessity of having an evolving practice, and that results take time and effort. From what I've seen and experienced, it can be tremendously difficult to snap out of one state of mind and into another.

3 Ways To Free Yourself From Restrictive Expectations

Melissa E. Kirk | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa E. Kirk

Many of us associate surrender with weakness, giving up, and losing. But what if surrender wasn't actually any of these things at all? What if surrender was in fact an empowering choice that you made?

Creating Transcendent Moments

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The mystery that is life surrounds us. As we go about taking care of our responsibilities throughout the day, we can choose to take a few moments to be with what is greater than ourselves and revel in it.

Want To Be Invited Into You? A Pre-Labor Day Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

Mostly, this time of the year is a liminal space between here and there, then and now and you and me. Want to rewire, recalibrate and reinvent the next unfolding moment of the Truth of You and your own breath, your way? This is your invitation to entrain to new weather, time, space and commitments.

Our Curated Lives: The Insanity of Living Monotonously Happy, Perfect and Successful Lives

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Ritu_Sharma

At the end of the day, when you step away from your computer and phone, which posts from the day's romp across the social media landscape stick with you?

From Digital Overload to Enlightenment

Martin O’Leary | Posted 10.11.2014 | Technology
Martin O’Leary

Immanuel Kant described enlightenment as one's emergence from self-imposed immaturity. But how can a digital addict ever achieve enlightenment with so many distractions, let alone escape immaturity?

Transformation Through Listening

Marc Rosenbaum | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Marc Rosenbaum

These keys to developing "personal intelligence" are experienced while "masterfully" listening to another person. The masterful listener is quiet inside, totally receptive and connects with their heart to the person who is speaking.

7 Things You Should Be Doing In Order To Live Without Regret

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimanzi Constable

I can tell you from personal experience that chasing your dreams is hard work. There are many ups and downs. There are many days when you want to quit. The best thing you can do is to take it one day at a time. Instead of focusing on the big changes you want to make, focus on waking up and doing what you have to do that day. You'll look up after a while and realize you're there.

4 Ways To Savor The Moment

meQuilibrium | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

Summer fruits and vegetables are the great, immediate, delicious -- and fleeting -- luxury of this season. It would be wonderful to bite into a fresh-off-the-tree juicy peach when February drags on. But seasonal food gives you a chance to savor the present moment, knowing full well it will end.

6 Things I've Decided To Stop Stressing About

Kitty Appel | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kitty Appel

To us high school students, everything feels like the absolute be-all and end-all. And I'll be the first to admit that I stress about the smallest things. But, after interning for Healthy Living I've realized I haven't taken any measures to try to alleviate that stress. So I'm starting now with a few things I've decided are just not worth my anxiety.

8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered and to provide tools for control.

5 Ways to Make Peace With Money

Leisa Peterson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Money
Leisa Peterson

Managing money includes the mental action of spending and saving.  We all have some type of living expenses so that is of first concern when it comes to managing finances. Ensuring we live within our means and have money left over for savings is one way to create greater peace of mind.

Take Yourself Out of the Equation

Michael H. Brooks | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael H. Brooks

Recently I attended a talk given by a dharma teacher who also happens to be an award winning poet. During the talk she spoke about mindfulness and the...

30 Things Only Dog Owners Understand

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

I feel like I'm constantly reminded of how dogs bring alive the Third Metric values of well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. They bring us joy. They keep us in the present moment. They make us laugh. They touch our hearts in the most unique way.

Why There's More To Taking A Break Than Just Sitting There

Fast Company | Dov Seidman | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Meditation rooms, unplugging, digital Sabbaths, reflection retreats, mindfulness classes--it seems like everyone is clamoring to find a pause button i...

The Power of Meditative Thinking Versus Positive Thinking

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

With meditation one can learn to be in any scenario and access it from an optimistic stance. When we work together, we focus on seeing the truth of our situations.

The Mindfulness Backlash

The New York Times | Anna North | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

Mindfulness has reached such a level of hipness that it is now suggested as a cure for essentially every ailment. Anxious? Broke? Sneezing? Definitely...

How To Make Mindfulness A Long-Term Habit

Rachel Verlik | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

As I age, I recognize how important daily periods of reflection and quiet are. Whether you refer to it as prayer, meditation, reflection, or other, it allows the rest necessary to rejuvenate and see other possibilities. It is one of many ingredients that help my inner garden thrive.

How to Bring New Calm to Your Bedtime Routine

Kellie Edwards | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

I have a new favorite bedtime practice with my children. It works as well for me as it does for them and I couldn't be more surprised just how much ...

Don't Stop Thinking (A Mindfulness Meditation Tip)

Jennifer Howd | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Howd

When thoughts arise during meditation, it's completely normal. Minds think. That's what they do. Thinking is part of the mindfulness meditation process.