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

Showing Love Through Stretching

When we stretch our bodies, our minds, our relationships we show love in ways that help it expand and transform. By honoring the old, accommodating the new and letting go, we grow.

Are Not Emotions Persons?

“The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not." —Susan B. Anthony

Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Flowers trigger the dopamine of excitement and the oxytocin of social trust. A wildflower hike triggers all the happy brain chemicals at once!

Relaxing the Over-Controller

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
How do we shift from the identity of a controlling, wanting, fearing self into a compassionate witness that can see what is going on and knows how to rest and just be?

7 Tips for Becoming More Mindful

By Leena S. Guptha DO on June 20, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Feeling tired? Stressed out at work? Implementing some mindfulness techniques into your life can work wonders!

Four Steps to Leveraging Mundane Moments to Find Purpose

Been thinking about leaving your "boring" job? Major shifts are not always the answer to finding meaning in life. Learn the art of mindfulness and finding purpose in the mundane.

What Happens When Partners Fight Chronic Pain Together?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.

Mind-Body Practices Downregulate Inflammation-Related Genes

A new systematic review of research on mind-body interventions reports that practices such as meditation or yoga can downregulate the genetic expression of inflammatory cytokines.

The Factor That Administers Cognitive Control over Emotions

Some recent research on poor cognitive control and depression has overlooked four issues. This post suggests that it is cognitive understanding of reality that regulates emotions.

A Meditation on Love and Loss

Can Laurie Anderson teach us about love and loss?

Stop Thinking, Start Being

What frightens people about adding mindfulness or meditation to their lives? Savor the "now" to be able to relish the memory.

Wired for Survival

Can we increase the odds of surviving violent events by understanding and harnessing our body's natural stress response?

The Self, Lost and Found

How creativity holds up a mirror to your inner world.

Applying Mindfulness in Relapse Prevention

By Dan Mager MSW on June 14, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The mindfulness practice of urge surfing can help those in addiction recovery learn how to bear urges or cravings to use alcohol and other drugs more skillfully.

Is Mindfulness as Easy as Mindlessness?

Do you feel that you go through most of your days on auto-pilot? What if being more mindful as you move through your day, could actually be just as easy as being mindless?

Three Nonverbal Behaviors That May Damage Your Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Clear Communication
Are you potentially asking for an extramarital affair without even knowing it?

Why Should We Slow Down? The Lost Art of Patience

Technology allows us to get things done quickly, and we love our smartphones. But slowing down might make you happier and healthier, and also more productive in the long run.

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 2

Adam S. McHugh, author of "The Listening Life," shares insights about how to listen deeply to yourself, including a refreshing way to manage negative self-talk.
Erlanger Turner, Ph.D.

Run for Your Life to Improve Your Mental Health

In his new book, William Pullen provides a self-help resource on coping with mental health issues by combining exercise and mindfulness.

When a Manager Becomes a Leader

When a manager becomes a leader: how to use people skills to lead others to success.

Reality Check: Who Are You and What Are You Doing?

As tempting as it is to push life's bigger questions away, research shows it is worth the time and effort to answer them.

The Law of Attraction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Boundless
Is the Law of Attraction nonsense? Perhaps it holds a grain of truth.

"The Sounds of Silence"

We need more silence in our lives, as noisy machinery, constant media, a troubled world, life's pressures and internal distress bombard us: We sorely need relief from cacophony...

Taking to the Hut at Midlife

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
Feeling stuck, disoriented, or vaguely depressed at midlife? It may be time to shed your old skin and make space for something new. The hut can help.

Gedankenexperimente—the Sacred Gift We Ignore

Everybody is talking about the value of mindfulness today. I’d like to talk about the value of mindlessness, otherwise known as daydreaming.

A Bird's Life in New York City

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on June 04, 2017 in Tried and True
By choosing to perform acts of kindness whenever possible, we help the lives of others and of ourselves, and can make our tender and vulnerable world more safe and stable.

Chasing Happiness Steals Joy

It is ironic that we can get so busy chasing happiness that we fail to notice the things that could be bringing joy to us in the present. Yeah, that was my morning.

The Best Way to Die

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 04, 2017 in Am I Right?
Is it better to rage, rage against death or to go gently into the night?

Are You Getting Growth Mindset Wrong?

Does your organization have a growth mindset? But with all the buzz surrounding this practice, are we actually creating false growth mindsets?

Is Body Positivity Leading Us Astray?

In the body positivity movement, self-acceptance has been bypassed in our quest for self-love. But when you feel anything but love for your body, might acceptance be a better goal?