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The brain loves to chunk information in order to remember things and there are so many great acronyms that help us remember to bring mindfulness into our lives.

I’m going to list a few really key ones and then link you to respective guided practices or posts as a reference to play with them and bring them into your life. Finally, I’m going to introduce you to a new powerful acronym that gets to the point of mindfulness. STOP (Stop, Take a breath, Observe your experience and Proceed) This is an all time favorite. On YouTube the recording that I created for A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook has almost 80,000 views because the acronym makes sense and it really helps us pause into the moment and open up to what matters. The 23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain (+ PDFs) Home » Mindfulness » The 23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain (+ PDFs) “If you truly want to change your life you must first change your mind.”

The 23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain (+ PDFs)

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that there are countless ways to apply mindfulness in your everyday life. You have probably also noticed that there are tons of benefits of practicing mindfulness regularly. Face It, Accept It, Deal With It, Let It Go. Minding the details of mind wandering. It’s long been associated with failing grades and accidents behind the wheel, but it turns out that the wandering mind may be far more complex than many believe.

Minding the details of mind wandering

A new article by Paul Seli, a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Dan Schacter, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, examines variations in mind wandering. In the article, Seli and colleagues argue that mind wandering happens both with and without intention, noting important differences between the two in terms of causes and consequences. The research pointing to this conclusion is outlined in a paper in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Researchers first began examining mind wandering — or “task-unrelated images and thoughts” — in the late 1970s. “Over the years, a number of different constructs have been unified under the single term ‘mind wandering,’ and through that process, the distinction between intentional and unintentional types was lost,” said Seli.

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes. Has Mindfulness Gone Too Far? The rise of mindfulness has been incredible.

Has Mindfulness Gone Too Far?

In part it seems like many of us are responding to a radical fast pace of living where we’re in a constant state of doing, doing and doing some more and longing for something to help us create balance in our lives. The answer has been a variety of mindfulness programs that place a heavy emphasis of “being” to balance out the “doing.” Mindfulness is a fundamental skill for anyone in this day and age and yet at the same time it can go too far. In the formal practices of mindfulness we do meditative exercises like breathing meditation, the body scan, or an open awareness practice. All of these focus on training the brain to “be with” experience. This juggle between the past and future only adds stress to our mind and body.

Sometimes this state of balance teaches us important lessons, like in life all things come and go, otherwise known as the law of impermanence. But the reality, “being with” something isn’t often enough or even the best response. 7 Myths About Mindfulness (and What You Need to Know) History of Mindfulness: From East to West and From Religion to Science. Here at the Positive Psychology Program, we have been discussing several different aspects of mindfulness for the past few weeks.

History of Mindfulness: From East to West and From Religion to Science

Meditation

Mindful Kids. How to Cultivate a Year of Mindfulness : zen habits. By Leo Babauta In 2016, I practiced mindfulness more than I ever have before, after 10 years of sporadic practice.

How to Cultivate a Year of Mindfulness : zen habits

I meditated regularly, practiced with a local Zen group, did a great one-day sitting, went on a retreat, took courses, read books, practiced mindful eating and exercise, learned some great new practices, and taught several mindfulness courses. I learned a lot about how to cultivate a more mindful life, and I’d like to encourage you to try it this year. Why? A few good reasons: You learn to be awake to the present moment more, and lost in the daydream of your thoughts less.You begin to see your mental patterns that affect everything you do, and thus begin to free yourself of those patterns.You learn to be frustrated less, and let go more. I could go on about better mental and physical health, better relationships, less fear … but the reasons I’ve given are strong enough.

Mindful Living Tools

Blogs. Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance - Monash University. 0:14Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsDR.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance - Monash University

CRAIG HASSED: The pace of modern life is speeding up. Never before have we had so much of the world at our fingertips. Never before have we been bombarded by so much information, so many demands, so many choices, and so many expectations. 0:29Skip to 0 minutes and 29 secondsDR. RICHARD CHAMBERS: This morning, fast paced, 24/7 connected world we live in that seemingly never sleeps comes with great opportunities. Cultivating Mindfulness for Everyday Life.