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

Fit or Fat, Fat but Fit, or Big Fat Lies

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on August 16, 2017 in #BeHerNow
Another study suggests we can’t be fat and fit. An eating behavior therapist discusses what we really know.
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How to Simplify Your Career

By Caroline Beaton on August 15, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
A simple career hinges on a deep, daily understanding of what’s necessary.

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Stressful Lives
A stress epidemic threatens students' learning and mental health. Understanding the sources can help teachers, leaders, and parents create a culture of reslience at school.

From Panic to Peace

Do you struggle with anxiety? Smalls steps and simple approaches can make a big difference in how you experience it.

Loving a Broken Body

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
I lost 290 pounds in six months by giving up rage, anger, humiliation, and suffering.

What is the Fascination With the Upcoming Solar Eclipse?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Brain Waves
How might this solar eclipse help us in the understanding of ourselves and our shadow?

An Impactful Change You Can Successfully Make

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 11, 2017 in Full Living
You have a voice inside your head narrating your life and actions. Is it kind and supportive? Unless you have made a conscious effort, it is likely mean and hateful.

Study Suggests Most Effective Way to Cut Sugar from Coffee

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 11, 2017 in Urban Survival
A new study finds the most effective way to cut back sugar in your coffee.

Making Friends With Fear

How would your life transform if you could overcome even your biggest fears? Through small, intentional steps, that transformation can begin now.
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Deep Listening in Personal Relationships

By Diana Raab PhD on August 09, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you trying to get to a deeper level with your personal relationships? Do you want to know how to become a better listener?

Loneliness Cited as Public Health Threat

By Rita Watson MPH on August 08, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Finding a way to encourage seniors and those is social isolation to become part of a group that supports humor and reminiscing can stem the tide of a loneliness epidemic.

Sometimes to Love Yourself, You Need a New Name

By Jennifer Haupt on August 08, 2017 in One True Thing
I’m changing only three letters, Carolyn to Caroline, which seems like a simple uneventful, thing to do, but to me, it feels like a lifting of a curse.

How to Mindfully Parent in Real Life

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Moderating
How mindfulness can help get you through the tough parenting moments.

I'm Not In The Mood

We all wake up to a new day. The question is, will our mood for the day control how the day goes or do we control the mood. What will be your mood for the day? Happy or grumpy?

Regrets in Life: A Good or Bad Thing?

By Ray Williams on August 04, 2017 in Wired for Success
Which regrets are more powerful—the ones that involve mistakes we have made, or the ones that involve things we didn’t do?

Is Thin Beautiful? Looking and Seeing

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 03, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Part II: What actually happens when you look at thin people, or not-thin people, including yourself, and what can you change?

Do We Ever Really Change in Our Adult Children's Eyes?

By Dena Kouremetis on August 02, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Do our grown children ever stop to notice growth in their own parents? Or do their minds settle on an image of us that never truly changes?
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For, Not Against

By Matt James Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Tired of all the negativity and contentiousness? Learn how to use "toward" motivation to be healthier and achieve your goals.

From Impulsive to Intentional

Do you sometimes feel out of control? A basic mindfulness practice can get you back in the driver's seat of your life.

Focused Distractions? How We Adapt to Multi-Tasking

“Don’t distract me, I am multitasking”: Distractions can be damaging, but even when multi-tasking, we learn how to focus on what is important.

The Making of a Mind Master

Do you sometimes feel like your mind has a mind of it's own? You're not alone! But there's another way to inhabit your mind—one that allows you to be in command.

Let It Hurt, Let It Heal

Pain is never comfortable or pleasant. But what if you could learn to experience it differently—in a way that could transform it completely?

Eyes, Feet, Posture, Power: Look Before You Leap

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Efficient application of the maxim "eyes, feet, posture, power" goes far beyond physical technique, all the way to improving interpersonal interactions and life ambitions.

Is Critical Thinking the New Mindfulness?

Think "sexy" and think "critical thinking," at least in the not-so-distant future.

Suppose You Practiced Mindfulness Meditation?

Cultivate your capacity to be mindful and you enhance your ability to respond to rather than react to anger.

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.
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If I Just Won the Lottery, Life Would Be So Much Better

Enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
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Huna and Healing

By Matt James Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Our healthcare system seems to be on everybody’s mind lately and it got me thinking. What exactly is the purpose of modern Western healthcare systems?

Kids Need to Eat Dirt and Get Dirty

There is good science showing that when children get outdoors and encounter more microbes, their ability to cope with stress is improved for a lifetime.

Our Answers Find Us In The Quiet We Create

By Brad Waters on July 24, 2017 in Design Your Path
What happens when we have all the information we need yet still can't seem to make a difficult decision?