Mindfulness of the Body as a Whole

Attention tends to move around, but something often bubbles to the surface at the front of our awareness. Even if we’re trying to focus just on the breath, the attention tends to wander from one part of the body to the next. In this audio practice from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, I explore the

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Open Space Mindfulness

This is the fourth and final post in the series on developing mindful presence. Here’s Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. In Part Three we did a little mindfulness meditation to “tune-up” our mindfulness and concentration skills. Now we are going to distill that mindfulness meditation down to its very essence: abiding as awareness

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Mindfulness Tune Up

This is the third post in the series on developing mindful presence. Here’s Part One and Part Two. Steady mindfulness requires overcoming the natural – and evolutionarily adaptive – tendency of mind to scan endlessly and think of new things. So the basic capacity to steady the mind – called concentration, as a short-hand –

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Why Develop Mindful Presence?

This is the second post in the series on mindful presence. You can view Part One here. So why should we go out of our way to develop mindfulness? Mindful presence feels good in its own right: relaxed, alert, and peaceful. Not contending with anything. No struggle. In addition to the inherent, experiential rewards of

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What is Mindful Presence?

This article is about developing the skill of mindful presence. Let’s unpack those two words, mindful presence. Mindfulness is simply a clear, non-judgmental awareness of your inner and outer worlds. In particular, it’s an awareness of the flow of experience in your inner world – an alert observing of your thoughts, emotions, body sensations, desires,

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What is Mindfuless?

Q: So today I had a “bad moment” – got stressed and upset about a work situation. My first thought was to let go of the negative thoughts that were running in my brain by actively taking in the good. Then I wondered if that meant I was running away from (ignoring or more importantly

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Mindful Presence

What Is Mindful Presence? Let’s unpack those two words, mindful presence. Mindfulness is simply a clear, non-judgmental awareness of your inner and outer worlds. In particular, it’s an awareness of the flow of experience in your inner world – an alert observing of your thoughts, emotions, body sensations, desires, memories, images, personality dynamics, attitudes, etc.

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The Mindfulness Movie

The Mindfulness Movie is a powerful and fascinating exploration of the essence and modern applications of mindfulness practices.

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Relax, You’re Going to be Criticized

What are you bracing against? The Practice: Relax, you’re going to be criticized. Why? The title of this practice is a little tongue-in-cheek. What I mean is, most of us – me included – spend time worrying about criticism: past, present, and even future. Yes, try hard, keep agreements, “don’t be evil,” etc. But sooner [...] [Read more...]

The Evolution of Compassion: From Gene to Meme

Session Highlights:

• An in-depth conversation with Dr. Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
• The ways we are sociable primates
• The universals of compassion across cultures [Read more...]


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