Mindfulness Activity

Jul
16

Mindfulness Activity #120

On Conflict with Others Mingyur Rinpoche Tibetan Buddhist teacher has said that in order to deal skillfully with difficult people, we must work on our attention. He says that each of us has innate goodness or wisdom, but we often fail to notice it. He likens the experience to wearing a watch but never looking […]

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Jul
15

Mindfulness Activity #119

Tonglen Good Morning. There is much unrest and suffering in the world. Often we see pain, injustice, suffering in others and it is frankly overwhelming. We want to avoid or to protect ourselves from the pain or we think there is nothing we can do for this person or for a huge or devastating problem. […]

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Jul
14

Mindfulness Activity #118

Using Mindfulness to Upregulate or Downregulate Good Morning. One of the main benefits of mindfulness I sell to people is the fact that when you train your mind with practice, you can control your attention and your mood instead of having your day determined by negative thoughts or unpleasant emotions. When you deepen your mindfulness […]

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Jul
13

Mindfulness Activity #117

Mindfulness for Pain Good Morning. Yesterday, I injured my shoulder and it was and still is very uncomfortable. One of the benefits of mindfulness that I haven’t discussed very much in our series is its ability to manage pain. Many years ago, when I was an intern, I completed a rotation in a Pain Management […]

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Jul
12

Mindfulness Post #116

Savasana This week’s mindfulness practices have provided opportunities to push yourself in your practice. In Zen, the concept of balance is very important. Things exist in apparent opposition to one another: warm and cool, light and dark, etc…Hard work for our minds and for our bodies is good for us. It makes us feel alive […]

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Jul
11

Mindfulness Activity #115

Embracing the Difficulties of Mindfulness Practice Good Morning. This past week our mindfulness practices have involved sitting in vulnerability, developing courage, and cultivating an easy manner with ourselves through exposure to uncomfortable feelings. I have stressed the difference between types of mediation practices. I use the word practice to refer to times we engage in […]

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Jul
10

Mindfulness Activity #114

Embracing Your Worst Tasks Good Morning. We have been discussing courage…the courage to face your own feelings, to brave vulnerability, to brave discomfort, to brave being a beginner. One thing that is helpful to remember is that often our fear about what an experience will be like is much worse than the actual experience. Being […]

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Jul
09

Mindfulness Activity #113

Increasing Courage Good Morning. Yesterday, we focused on the topic of vulnerability. We practiced exposing ourselves to a space where we are accepting of our imperfection, open to feedback, and non-defensive. To sit in this space has been found to increase creativity and to help people to reach personal goals. The more we practice authenticity […]

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Jul
08

Mindfulness Activity #112

Vulnerability Yesterday, we focused on the idea of mindfulness for creativity and innovation. What is necessary for that creativity is risking failure. We must realize that most situations allow for repeated small failures and corrections and that this is how we find solutions. One aspect of life that has garnered a lot of attention these […]

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Jul
07

Mindfulness Activity #111

Good Morning. Time Magazine released an issue on the “mindfulness revolution. Business Executives at Google and Goldman Sachs regularly train on mindfulness. The Harvard Business review has featured stories on mindfulness. It has been touted for the findings that it boosts creativity, innovation and problem solving. Who couldn’t use more creativity and problem solving these […]

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Jul
06

Mindfulness Activity #110

Mindfulness for Natural Happiness In today’s rush, we all think too much—seek too much—want too much—and forget about the joy of just being. Eckhart Tolle Good Morning. Today’s practice focuses on the enjoyment of just being in the present moment with no demands, no obligations, and no pressure. Certainly, not all mindfulness practice is enjoyable; […]

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Jul
05

Mindfulness Activity #109

Gratitude “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattle Good Morning. Last night there was an […]

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