Letting Go of the Tail of the Elephant

by Carol Hendershot

There is a story about a group of blind men who came upon a strange and wondrous creature called an elephant. None of them had ever heard of such a strange beast before and decided to check it out. With some trepidation, they approached the animal from different angles. One approached from the front and touched the elephant’s trunk, proclaiming that this creature resembled a very thick snake. ...

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Tools for a Mindful Life: Curiosity

Remaining open to life and what it can teach us

By Ashley Bovin

When we start to practice mindfulness, we’re invited to adopt some new tools and attitudes. One of the most important is curiosity. 

Have you ever heard the aphorism, “Interested people are interesting people?” 

I don’t suggest we should seek for others to think we’re interesting, but consider the ...

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Caught: How We Can Get Addicted to Almost Anything and How Mindfulness Can Help

By Carol Hendershot

The brain is an amazing, simplifying mechanism. It loves to automate as much as possible; otherwise, how would we make it through our lives (or even one day)?

The more automatic our brain can make our life, the more energy it can conserve for the hard work of meeting new experiences and figuring out how to make them more automatic.

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What Does Happiness Mean to You?

By Jeni Juarez

A year or so ago, I was having a really beautiful conversation with a friend of mine. We were each sharing about how our life trajectories had changed over the years, and how we were now aspiring to different goals. I came right out and asked her, “What is it that you want?” She told me, “I just want to be happy.” 

I paused for a moment, took ...

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Mindfulness: The Antidote to Unproductive Meetings

 

by Carol Hendershot

Many of us spend large parts of our workdays in meetings that seem to go nowhere. Maybe we are not paying attention when important concepts are being introduced, or our ideas don’t get the consideration they deserve because everyone is busy on their respective devices or lost in their thoughts. In either case, there is a waste of time and resources. Important decisions don’t get made and opportunities ...

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5 Ways to Train Your Mind for Happiness

It’s not just a pipe-dream anymore and there is science to prove it.

By Carol Hendershot

You’ve probably heard that by training in mindfulness, you can reduce the negative effects of stress on your mind and body. You may have even heard that mindfulness reduces anxiety and depression and helps people cope with chronic illness. But did you know ...

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Mindfulness: Where Do I Start?

by Jeni Juarez


In my experience, and I’m pretty sure that psychological research would back me up on this, human beings don’t start new, helpful routines unless they are motivated. We tend to make sincere and lasting changes to our day-to-day lives only if we are at or nearing our tolerance threshold for emotional, psychological, or physical pain. For me, it was debilitating stress that brought me to mindfulness practices.

Have ...

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