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Mindfulness: Enliven Your Life

Mindfulness eliminates stress and improves relationships.

Tara Brach, whose book Radical Acceptance, was one of the most pivotal and effective ever written on mindfulness, has recently released a series of videos that expand on her methodology and reasoning for why mindfulness is the key to a joyous life.

Brach says,

“Mindful awareness is what allows us to be attuned to ourselves and others….Mindfulness helps us to boost our capacity for empathy, for acceptance, for experiencing relatedness, and emotional resilience. When this circuitry [created mindfulness] is activated our relationships become increasingly healthy and more gratifying….

While we cannot control others… Continue reading

Learning, Practicing, and Being Mindful

EDITOR’S NOTE: In our ongoing series showcasing professional life coaches, this week’s feature is from Karen Jones, an ICS Counselor. She reflects on her recent learnings on mindfulness and how to practice it as a way of being.

Upon returning from my latest mindfulness retreat, I find myself continuing to contemplate some of the discussions that included the term, habit energies. As I understand it, habit energies are those patterns, responses, and ways of being that we develop after observing, learning, and practicing them. We then begin to use them in our lives without much conscious intention; perhaps… Continue reading

Mindfulness in Every Day Life

A recent study found that calmer people are consistently more successful than those who are stressed out.

On top of the fact stress can set you back in your career, not living mindfully can also negatively impact your health. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist,  has treated women in their 30s and 40s with physical health issues such as heart flutters and chest pain – just from their stress issues. She recently shared in a Huffington Post blog post,

As women, multi-tasking and doing it all, we have allowed our brains to take over and run the show. In… Continue reading

Addictive Thinking vs. Mindful Thinking

An excerpt from Stephen Levine’s A Gradual Awakening. This Chapter is called The Wanting Mind.

…seeing the scope of my wantings showed me how deeply and subtly dissatisfaction created my personal world, and that seeing freed me from much grasping, from thinking that all my wants had to be satisfied, that i had to compulsively respond to everything that arose in my mind. I saw that things can be a certain way without needing to be acted on or judged or even pushed aside. They can simply be observed.

Gradually, seeing the unsatisfactory nature of much of… Continue reading

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