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.

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Connecting Authentically in a Wired World

Struggling to define the role of technology in your family's life? (You're not the only one reaching for the fidget spinner.)
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Understanding Myths About Mistakes

Have you ever beaten yourself up for a mistake? There's a better strategy.

Do We Humans "Need" Tragedies to Bring Us Together?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
During major cataclysms, differences and conflicts between us seem to dissipate, and we tend to reach out to each other with increased caring, empathy, and sense of community.

How You Use Mindfulness Matters

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Peace of Mind
Are you struggling to be more mindful? A tweak in how you use it may be all you need.

Communicating Mindfully in Relationships

Do you need to work on communication in your relationships? Try setting a relationship intention to communicate more mindfully with your partner.

Can Embracing Negative Emotions Increase Your Well-Being?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The New Resilience
Is it possible that you can increase your happiness in life by embracing unhappy feelings -- your anxieties, fears, anger, resentments, and all sorts of negative emotions?

16 Fun Games to Play with Toddlers & Preschoolers in the Car

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Car rides can be meaningful ways to engage with toddlers and young children. They can help strengthen a playful bond and grow children's vocabulary and skills.

I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me

By Zoltan Istvan on September 17, 2017 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
Recently, Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy, invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques.
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Two Essential Ingredients for Effective Communication

We may think we have a communication problem, and perhaps we do. But more fundamentally, we often have difficulty practicing these two things, which can help us break through.

Mindful Interactions in the Digital Age

Are you striving to bring balance and stillness of mind to your online interactions? Awareness, reflection, and intentionality can make it possible.

3 Ways to Regulate Your Emotions

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Between Cultures
We can influence our emotions using different strategies—some more effective than others.
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Good Intentions Aren't Enough

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
In our failures we can find tremendous meaning, and only in meaning do our failures have a useful legacy.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

How to Find Happiness Where You Least Expect It

By Rob Kendall on September 13, 2017 in Blamestorming
Research shows that we pay a heavy price for mind-wandering and rumination.
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Calming the Monkey Mind

By Diana Raab PhD on September 13, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you find that there's a voice inside of you that seems like negative self-talk? Is it hindering your creativity or affecting your success? It might be your monkey mind at work.

Karate Kata and Cognition

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Thoughts from a woman who started training at age 80: "when I started to train in karate, my grandchildren said 'Grandma--you are crazy!' but now they are so proud of me."

Is Mindfulness Just Hype?

Depending on the news source, you may have read that mindfulness is a miraculous life-changer, a harmful Pandora's box, or an utter sham. So which is it?

Four Things Not to Do When You Feel Anxious

Trying to make the anxiety go away won’t work. Many of the common ways you react to anxiety are unhelpful and make things worse.

Is Realistic Positivity the Key to Happiness as We Age?

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 05, 2017 in Mindful Anger
Do you think you can change your mindset?

Be the Mountain: A Guided Meditation [Video + Script]

By Aqualus M Gordon Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in My Brother's Keeper
A guided meditation for those seeking peace and stability

The Yoga of Relationship

Conscious relationship is not something we engage in by default. More often than not, we fall into—and accept—relationships of convenience.

De-Conditioning the Hungry Ghosts

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
To the degree that our basic needs are unmet, desire contracts and we become fixated on substitutes. But, no matter how we are caught, mindfulness and compassion can free us...

Anti-Mindfulness

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Mindfulness works – when it does – in spite of its ideology. This explains the worrying finding that mindfulness meditation often leads to panic attacks and depression.

Use Mindfulness To Improve Your Life, Not Escape It

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Being mindful of what makes us uncomfortable is the first step towards building a better life.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Honor the Irreplaceable Moments

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 03, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Moments in our life that are unique and memorable bring opportunities to show love of our self and of another. They require us to slow down, allow the mystical, and be authentic.

Mindfulness Therapy Could Help ADHD, Studies Suggest

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 31, 2017 in Urban Survival
New studies suggest an important role for mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy in ADHD treatment.

How to Develop "Zen Presence"

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in BrainSnacks
Zen presence enables you to interact more rationally, intelligently, and creatively.

Beyond the Breath: The Promise and Perils of Compassion

Experiential techniques can deepen our mindfulness practice and help us get unstuck from painful patterns.

3 Negative Thinking Patterns to Avoid — What to Do Instead

Although you can’t always control what you think, you can learn to identify when you’re sinking into a negative pattern and reboot to a more constructive cognitive pathway.

You Can Use Mindfulness to Choose How to Live

We can learn to be present for our experience without our habitual responses automatically kicking in—responses that are often unskillful, knee-jerk reactions that we later regret.