Archives for General

General

Finding Success in Anything: On Striving Versus Effort

Over 300 people from around the world are right in the middle of a six month training program called A Course in Mindful Living. One of the first elements of this program is learning how to calm your nervous system and bring energy into the moment. The combination of calm, energy and focus is the trifecta for effective learning and integration of whatever we're attending to.

If we want to be successful in anything, whether it's a meditation...
Continue Reading

General

In Politics, Before You Speak, Consider these Three Questions

In the United States we're heading into a potential turbulent political atmosphere that has the potential to be disrupting to even our closet relationships.

You may remember from past elections, it's that moment we say something about some candidate or issue and as the last syllables leave our lips our brain has figured out that we have just ignited a fire that we won't be able to put out....
Continue Reading

General

Change in Yourself, Change in the World

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh once said, "Peace in oneself, peace in the world." Iconic singer and songwriter Michael Jackson wrote, "I'm lookin' at the man in the mirror, I'm asking him to change his ways. No message could have been any clearer, if you wanna make the world a better place, just look at yourself and make a change."

In The Now Effect you may have read about...
Continue Reading

General

I Officially Resign from Adulthood

Some days are just bad days when we wish we could give up this whole adult charade, go to recess, and get back to when times were a bit simpler.

Amen.

Life seems to get too serious as an adult, more responsibilities mean more worries, more stress, and more body aches.

I've spoken to hundreds of people about this exact issue and posed the question: "What does play mean to you?" Sadly, often the response...
Continue Reading

General

The Next Wave of Mindfulness – Cutting Through the “Mindful Noise”

In 2010, when A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook was about to be published I stepped into my publisher and right there on the wall were printouts of dozens of covers for all the new mindfulness books coming out in the next year. In that moment I said, "Oh no, mindfulness is going to get watered down and people are going to get turned off to it."

Well, that didn't happen, but something else

The Current...
Continue Reading

Addiction

You May Have #FOMO, or is it #FOKU?

Even though I have an awareness of my relationship to my smartphone, even though I take measures to limit my use, even though I have strong boundaries with my kids around their usage, if you asked me whether I feel like I have a handle on my relationship to it, I'd give you an unequivocal NO!

The more I talk to people about their relationship to their tech, the greater sense of belonging I...
Continue Reading

General

The Essential Happiness Ingredient: Altruism and Here’s How

Thanks to pioneers like Robert Emmons and Michael McCollough, we now know that gratitude can have an enormously positive effect on our mental health. Not only that, thanks to the advent of neuroplasticity, practicing gratitude can even help shape our brains in ways that promote resilience and well-being.

If you need a refresher on ways to practice gratitude, check out my post: 5 Steps to Gratitude and Lovingkindness: Mondays Mindful Quote with Hafiz.

But...
Continue Reading

Anxiety

How to Mindfully Deal with Difficult People (and Save the World)

There's a practice I've been doing for a while that is so simple and yet so impactful in working with difficult people and also bringing a sense of balance and perspective in the moment, it's almost shocking to me. I live in Los Angeles, which is well known as a city with one of the highest degrees of traffic. If we were to be able to peek into the average LA driver's brain I...
Continue Reading