Tag: mindfulness

Mindfully Free of Wanting People to Be a Certain Way

One of the biggest sources of difficulties for every single human being is the desire for people to be a certain way. We can’t seem to help it: we want the world to be the way we want it. Unfortunately, reality always has different plans, and people behave in less-than-ideal ways. The problem isn’t other…


Can Mindfulness Really Change Your Brain?

Meditation and other mindfulness practices may improve your attention, but they won’t lead to structural changes in your brain in the short-term, according to a new study. Previous studies have shown that learning new skills, aerobic exercise and balance training could trigger changes in the brain, and some research has suggested that mindfulness regimens could…


Live on Purpose

So often we live our lives drifting, getting by, trying to find comfort and pleasure, doing what we need to do, doing things out of habit, getting lost in the busywork, going through the motions, getting caught up in our thoughts, getting lost in distractions, trying to stick to something but then reverting to habitual…


How to Put Life on Easy Mode

The other day I was having such a chill, easy day despite doing all of my usual work and chores and workout activities — the phrase, “Life on Easy Mode” came to me. The rest of the week, I kept the question in my mind, “What would it be like to have life on easy…


Being Present Over Perfect

I was recently standing at the kitchen sink doing the usual dinner time prep. As I stood and watched my children run happily through our yard gathering all sorts of items to create their own “house” in their tree fort, I was reminded of a bittersweet thought. These childhood moments are present, yet fleeting. I…


Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Rachel Kable—author, podcaster, blogger and mindfulness coach from Victoria in Australia—recently participated in a podcast interview with Dr. Justin Puder. In the course of the interview, she explained that when she first started out practising mindfulness in the more formal way of meditating (e.g., focusing on her breath), she had great difficulty and did not like it…


Can Mindfulness Make You Better at Apologizing?

It’s not always easy to apologize. When we hurt someone, we may be loath to acknowledge our transgression because it makes us feel guilty, conflicts with our beliefs about being a good person, or means accepting that we are imperfect human beings. We may want to excuse our behavior and blame the other person, minimizing…


Cooking Dinner — An Invitation to Showing Affection

As I embark on this journey of finding the sacred, intimate, and tender in daily life tasks and responsibilities, I want to be careful to not make this deeper than it needs to be. This isn’t about “unicorns and glitter”-ing everything but seeking out the beauty in a seemingly mundane aspect of life. There is…


Struggling With Meditation or Mindfulness?

In this day and age, just about everyone associates meditation and mindfulness with improved well-being. Especially now, as people deal with COVID-19, there’s an invigorated interest in staying well—mind, body, and soul. But many people aren’t sure where to start. In my experience, cultivating a meditation and a mindfulness practice that works for you is…


Meditation on the Power of the Present Moment

Allyson Pimentel, UCLA meditation trainer, provided a guided meditation podcast focused on the power of the present moment. Her meditation, titled Mindfulness and Lineage explores the present moment as the encapsulation of all that has happened in our past along with the potentiality to shape our future. The present moment provides us with the opportunity to reflect on our…