What is Mindfulness?

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

Recent posts on Mindfulness

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

By The Book Brigade on September 29, 2016 in The Author Speaks
We need a new definition of “mind,” one that captures the importance of subjective and relational experience.

Five Proven Truths About Finding Happiness

While there is no magic bullet that can make us forever happier, there is a science of happiness. When we better understand the nature of happiness we can become more skillful at

I Think, Therefore I'll Die

By Steve Stankevicius M.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Skeptical Shrink
For many, the afterlife offers the quintessential form of closing the eyes and blocking the ears. But for people like myself who do not subscribe to the stories, what are we to do?

Stop Waiting for the Right Moment to Meditate

By Marty Babits on September 28, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Too frenetic to sit for meditation? There are alternatives. Here are some of the most useful action-oriented meditation practices.

Staying in the Present Can Bring Happiness

Staying present it one of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, trauma, and suffering. Here's how to do it.

Nature as Medicine

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Compassion Matters
Science now confirms just how good nature is for us, both extending and enhancing our lives. Learn all the ways nature benefits our minds and bodies.

If You Want to Become More Mindful, Check Your Watch

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in BrainSnacks
if the “monkey mind,” as the Eastern practitioners call it, has a mind of its own, how does one become more “mindful?” How can your mind stay focused, when it loves to wander?
Source: Akio Yamada, used with permission

The role of nonjudgment in mindfulness

By Joey Fung Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mindful Being
Can we judge our thoughts without judging our selves?
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3 Ways to Improve Wellbeing at Work

The word ‘wellbeing’ is increasingly being thrown around workplaces today.

Mindfulness for All

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on September 21, 2016 in The Art of Now
Can mindfulness and compassion reduce racial bias?

12 Things You Missed While You Were on Your Smartphone

Are you stalled in a digital time warp instead of being there for your loved ones?

Why Is It Hard to Live for the Moment

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Can our evolutionary disposition to overly focus on the past and the future be tricked into giving the present more space?
flickr image by Harold Heindell Tejada

Re-Envisioning Commitment

Many of us seek commitment in order to create safe, lasting relationships. But a deeper inquiry might suggest that we need to fine-tune what we're actually committing ourselves to.

The Truth About the Law of Attraction

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in The Blame Game
Millions of people are unsuccessful at achieving goals using the Law of Attraction (LOA). The reason? The LOA does not exist! Hear why from a certified LOA expert.

How to Fight Those Back-to-School Germs Like a Superhero

Moms aren't really granted sick days. Research shows an easy way to help boost your immune system so you can keep your superpowers running strong.

7 Ways Yoga Lowers Stress and Anxiety

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
No surprise here: yoga relieves anxiety. But how? We consider 7 ways yoga can help us better manage stress and anxiety.

The Pluto Effect

If there’s a chance that you might be affected by an ending or transition, consciously anticipating that it might happen might help.

Resilience: The Divorcées Secret Superpower

By Wendy Paris on September 13, 2016 in Splitopia
Resilient people make conscious choices every day to put aside time for practices that energize them, enliven them or strengthen them." Here's how.

How Mindful Sports Parenting Helps Children Excel

A new book on how to stop micromanaging your children offers a counterintuitive strategy for success.

Our Brains Are Wired for Inattention and Inertia

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on September 12, 2016 in The Power of Slow
Awareness isn't easy. The fact that our brains are wired for inattention and inertia makes mindfulness that much more challenging. It's hard, but no impossible to achieve.

What Makes Self-Compassion Such a Hard Sell?

Finding self-compassion challenging? Understand why and how to meet the challenge.

Negative Emotions? Mindfulness Meditation Is the Answer

By Itai Ivtzan Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Would you like to deal with negative emotions in a healthy way? Here is the best method to do that.

Searching for Fairies and Stalking the Light

While looking for one, you may find the other.

The Opportunities of Aging

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 09, 2016 in Finally Out
We can either measure time or we can experience time. I don't know how much time I have left, but I intend to experience it rather than measure it.

Why You Don't Want to Meditate—and 5 Ways to Make It Easier

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
If you have the desire and the time to meditate on a regular basis and don't, what's getting in the way?
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Mind Your Weight: Inside Out

By Margaret Moore on September 08, 2016 in Life Changes
Get your inner family on board with your eating and weight.

Finding Peace and Contentment No Matter Where You Are

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 06, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
The only way I can describe this experience is to say it was a moment of wishlessness.

A Neuroscientist on How to Really Read to Kids

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Neuroparent
Tired of speeding through fairy tales? Do bedtime in a different way tonight.

Tonic Levels of Dopamine Lubricate Moments of Superfluidity

By Christopher Bergland on September 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Next week in Vienna, neuroscientists will meet for the 2016 Dopamine Conference. In this blog post, I reflect on what I've learned about dopamine through both sport and life.

5 Ways Origami Boosts Mindfulness

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 02, 2016 in Urban Survival
Looking to branch out from the mindful coloring books? Origami is a beautiful calming craft that can enhance your mindfulness.