What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.

Recent posts on Mindfulness

Are Your Strengths Making You Unhappy?

When it comes to doing more of what you do best each day at work are you missing the mark? So what’s the best way to put your strengths to work?

3 Mindful Eating Tips to Savor Thanksgiving

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 18, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Simple tips to help you savor Thanksgiving without restrictions

What is Love?

Most view love as the most important aspect in life. Why, then, do we spend most of our lives focusing on something else?
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How to Flip the Switch on Stress

Is stress wearing you down? Here is a simple practice that might make a difference.

Saving Silence: Finding Quiet in a Chaotic World

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Startup Your Life
When is the last time you were truly in just one place and not on-call to the rest of the world?

Block the Pop-Ups: Think Less, Think Better

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Imagination is used in a positive way whenever it brings peace. Imagination is used negatively whenever it brings unnecessary agitation.

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

Why Do We Have an Empathy Deficit?

Have you been feeling an empathy deficit? If so, here's how to deal with it.

Living With Chronic Pain

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Family Secrets
The more you fight with your pain, the more pain you will have.

Mindful Sex Is Mind Blowing Sex

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Stress and Sex
Have you ever had your mind wander during sex? Most people have! Here's how to use mindfulness to bring yourself back to the moment and focus on sensations.
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Mindfulness for the Introvert

By Leah Weiss, Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Whole-Hearted Path
How does an introvert learn to speak up? The answer is in the practice of mindfulness.

Aging, Health, and Conscious Evolution (Part 2)

How can we keep our inevitable failures from causing us to feel negative or downhearted or arouse self-pity?

Enhancing Mental Health For Veterans Through Technology

Artificial Intelligence will enhance mental health support for veterans through the first-ever meditation voice app launching this week in partnership with National Geographic.

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.
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Taking Back the Male Gaze

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in The Clarity
Uncomfortable being stared at? Here's how to turn it around.
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Are You Codependent or Just a Caring Person?

It helps to be aware of our tendency to neglect our own needs, but we may be too quick to label ourselves as "codependent."

To Have Better Sex, Try Doing Nothing

By Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Myths of Desire
Forget about the endless sexual tips and tricks. If you want better sex, try doing nothing instead.

Preventing and Calming Kids’ Technology-Fueled Anxiety

Technology is implicated in rapidly rising rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide in children and adolescents. Mindful parenting approaches can help your kids be resilient.

Mindfulness Is the Hottest New Trend—But Should It Be?

New research suggests that despite the growing popularity of mindfulness, it might not be so good for you after all.
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3 Definitions of Mindfulness That Might Surprise You

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 01, 2017 in What Matters Most?
What to know what is actually meant by the word "mindfulness"? Science provides an answer.

The Meaning of Halloween

Why do we like to be scared on special occasions while we seek comfort on most others? Here are two ways to confront the darkness for the sake of a deeper and happier life.

Solitude to Feed the Spirit

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in The First Impression
How is solitude being undermined by our digital culture?
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How to Find Inner Peace

Extended periods of stillness are a key process in our developing inner peace.

The Surprising Power of an Unscratched Itch

Could you use a little more self-control in your life? Good news! You can start to acquire it, right here and now.

Zen and the Art of Awe

Awe is not a luxury emotion. Awe makes us nicer and happier and is essential to our physical, psychological and spiritual health; enhancing mindfulness, creativity, and curiosity.

Let's Talk About Orgasms

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Your Future Self
People can place enormous pressure on themselves when it comes to sex and orgasms. It’s easy for the Big O to become a Big Pain when climaxing turns into a must-have goal.

Your Anger Knows Your Worth

Your anger knows your worth: 10 steps to turn your temper into a teacher.

Optimism Challenge Conclusion

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Boundless
Optimism enables the belief that life is worth living.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Imagine an Invisible String

An imagery exercise can help us explore how we feel about a loved one and our connection to them.