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

The Spirit of Generosity Part 1

If you have been in a working partnership for any length of time, you will have discovered that true love requires sacrifice and a spirit of generosity.

Can the New President-Elect Be a Wise and Mindful Leader?

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in The Wise Open Mind
With the turmoil since the presidential election it is time to consider if the new president-elect has the wise and mindful leadership qualities to bring our nation together.
Edward Abramson

Can Mindfulness Reduce Your Belly Fat?

If you have an apple shape, mindfulness might help.

Use Holidays to Boost Your Relationship, Not Stress It Out

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Here are some research-based ways people can not just protect a partnership from holiday stress, but also use the holidays to make it even stronger.

Where Does Happiness Come from, Mommy?

Here are 7 ideas for helping your child find more smiles and laughter in their life, and experience year-round the happiness, wonder, and magic we associate with this time of year.

Gratitude and Mindfulness at Times of Uncertainty

Everybody’s doing -- or trying to do it. Some people are meditating. Others are chronicling their moments of gratitude. It can sometimes seem a little too good to be true.

The Evaporation of Self

What is the impact of experiencing the holy?

This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

The Neutral Zone: The Fine Art of Being In-Between

By Gregg Levoy on November 25, 2016 in Passion!
Between an ending (of a job, a relationship, a mindset) and a new beginning is a phase called the neutral zone. Here's why it's so important not to skip it.

Managing Our Emotions as We Age

What problems can happen when our emotions take over the role of our intellect?

Addiction, Recovery, and Loss

By Dan Mager MSW on November 23, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Loss is a natural part of the process of recovery that is generally under recognized and inadequately addressed by addiction treatment programs and professionals.
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What's Your Political Mindset?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in The Clarity
Need a change in political outlook? A few mindset tips can help.

Mindfulness Quiets Unhelpful Thoughts

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on November 21, 2016 in Urban Survival
A new study finds that mindfulness helps people with depression think more clearly and pay less attention to negative, irrelevant thoughts.

4 Ways You Can Start Treating Yourself Better Today

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
It can be frustratingly hard to change negative feelings about ourselves. Instead of focusing on your feelings, start with your behavior.

Mindful Holiday Hack: Schedule in the Downtime

The busy holiday season is in full swing. Here's a simple way to enjoy and savor.

"You Voted for Whom?!"

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Loving Bravely
Unsure how your family will make it through Thanksgiving after the 2016 election? A family therapist explains how to stay connected during this tender and uncertain time.

How to Overcome an Insecure Avoidant Attachment Style

Trust should always be treated as relative to a person.

Progress and Vulnerability: Difficult Companions

By Rick Miller LICSW on November 16, 2016 in Unwrapped
A simple reminder as we navigate an increasingly complex world: When we fully inhabit ourselves, outside forces cannot find space to move in.

Fall for Mindful Wellness

By Perry Renshaw M.D., Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Feed Your Brain
Do you feel like the fall season sometimes feels like it makes up for the shorter days with even more activity?

6 Steps to Setting Limits as a Solo Parent

By Wendy Paris on November 15, 2016 in Splitopia
Setting and keeping limits can be extra hard when you're the only adult in the house. Clinical psychologist Stephanie O'Leary gives easy success strategies.

A Coffee Maker or a Time Machine?

Recent studies on memory explain why spontaneous involuntary memories of our past are more vivid and emotionally intense than the memories we access intentionally.
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Freedom in Technology Not From Technology

Our love affair with our devices is creating havoc in our real affairs

Coping With Difficult Emotions Post-Election

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 13, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Regardless of your political affiliation, this election season has affected all of us. Learn how to cope with your difficult emotions and make the first step towards moving forward
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Shocked by the Presidential Election Results?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in The Clarity
Research on the false consensus effect shows believing others agree with us can lead to a false sense of security.

Moving Forward After the Election

How can we move forward after the election? Try building bridges instead of walls.

Can You Meditate While Driving?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A new book describes how mindfulness behind the wheel can make you a more relaxed, more focused, and safer driver.

The Unsatisfying Search for Experts With Answers

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Moderating
Looking for the best expert to give you the right answer? Try seeking out your inner expert.

Why “Doing Nothing” Improves Productivity and Well Being

By Ray Williams on November 09, 2016 in Wired for Success
There’s compelling evidence that slowing down and actually "doing nothing" can actually improve productivity and increase happiness.

In These Turbulent, Divided Times, Lead With Beauty

By Tim Leberecht on November 07, 2016 in The Romance of Work
In an age of machine-driven efficiency, we humans must nurture our unique ability to lead and work beautifully.

Custody Rulings Tend to Favor Status Quo

Despite the difficulties associated with raising a kid on your own, having a child with someone else isn’t always ideal.