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Mindfulness (repeat)

I am writing a description about an upcoming meetup on mindfulness. I feel the computer keys beneath my fingers and I hear the whir of the air conditioning next to me. I focus on my breathing. I worry that people may not understand why I am writing this way. I acknowledge that feeling and let it pass over me like a wave. I let it go without judgment and return to my task to complete the write-up...

"Mindfulness" has become somewhat of a buzzword in recent times in everything from corporate America to New Age retreats. But it is actually an ancient practice rooted in Buddhist philosophy and religion. Simply, it is paying attention on purpose. It is the act of being fully in the moment, non-judgmentally. 

In this video, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, defines mindfulness in this 5 minute video:

Many people think of mindfulness as something one can only do in complete silence, legs crossed, in a meditative state, or in a yoga class. But mindfulness can actually be a way of life. Dr. Ellen Langer, a researcher on what she labels "mindful health," points out the many ways in daily life that we can choose to "actively notice things" and how that can improve our health, learning comprehension, memory, relationships and more. In this 50 minute audio file, she gives an everyday perspective on incorporating mindfulness into your life and why it produces positive changes.

This practice takes, as they say, a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master, but the good news is that everyone, no matter how busy, distracted, stressed or anxious or depressed, can benefit from the cultivation of this skill. Take it from this Buddhist monk-turned-clown (no, really!), Andy Puddicombe - All It Takes Is Ten Minutes:

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  • frank g.

    Jyoti, thanks I enjoyed your comments and the power of bringing the middle finger and thumb together!

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • Jyoti M.

      Thanks Frank and I enjoyed your sense of humor. By the way it was the index finger and the thumb together for concentration.

      August 25, 2014

  • frank g.

    Andrea, I enjoyed your incisive focus and moderating influence on the discussion

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Abraham Avi A.

    The meeting was very interesting. Thank you Andrea for moderating the discussion so well. I enjoyed and leraned from it.

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Andrea

    Thank you, ladies. It is always fun to moderate a discussion with a bunch of bright, interesting people who have plenty of input, so thank you all!

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Jyoti M.

    Andrea, thanks for providing me with an opportunity to test my ability to be in the moment. I think I did a good job in sustaining attention but the credit goes to your uncanny gift in provoking everyone's thoughts that kept us all on the track . Thanks Andrea, the discussion was of great quality!

    1 · August 24, 2014

    • Valerie

      I agree Jyoti! Andrea, you are an excellent moderator.

      August 24, 2014

  • Patty

    Thank you, Andrea! I really enjoyed this discussion and all the excellent contributions everyone made! You did a great job of guiding the discussion!

    2 · August 24, 2014

  • frank g.

    Have a conflict that day--sorry!

    August 21, 2014

  • harry m.

    I believe that the increase in technology as ways to keep us constantly entertained and multitasking as a problem to staying in the moment

    1 · August 18, 2014

    • Jane

      I agree. I know it is certainly true for me.

      August 19, 2014

    • Andrea

      It is certainly a challenge balancing the demands of the day while maintaining a mindful presence. We can talk about some strategies that work for folks and what more we can do.

      August 19, 2014

  • Bryant K. F.

    Great video!

    August 13, 2014

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