New News: Mindfulness in the News

New News!  Mindfulness is making the papers. 

If you've been reading this blog pretty regularly, you know the impact of mindfulness in your daily life and understand why I have decided to write on this topic daily, whether it is a mini breathing exercise session (have your tried this yet?!) or full-blown meditation.  Even small steps towards deliberate attention to the present can potentially change your perspective(s) and your life.

Today, I simply wanted to look at several recent articles in the news and demonstrate the recent promotion of this practice.  Whether you think it's a fad/ bandwagon situation/ buzzword right now or not, it is helpful for your well-being.  If you look at it as a personal practice (which you are not obligated to share or discuss with anyone else), you can really see positive changes take place in your life.  Remember, take your mindfulness practice slow and be aware of how you feel and how your feelings/ habits/ days may change as a result.

This first article, 4 Ways Mindfulness Transforms Your Life, published yesterday by The Huffington Post, written by Ed and Debbie Shapiro, enumerates benefits of being mindful.  Apparently, even the Super Bowl Champ Seahawks are doing it!

Finding Mindfulness on the A Train, also published by Huffington Post this week, written by Larissa Zimberoff, discusses how the author has decided to take her mindfulness practice to the streets and into her everyday life.  This article references several studies and other articles within.

More Mindfulness, Less Meditation, by Tony Schwartz, was published on January 31 with DealBook, produced by The New York Times.  He articulates the notion that it doesn't matter specifically how much time your work towards traditional meditation, but rather that you shift your practice from closed-eyed meditation to daily mindfulness.  He says, "The real challenge isn’t what we’re able to do with our eyes closed. It’s to be more self-aware in the crucible of our everyday lives, and to behave better as a result. That’s mindfulness in action."

If you have time, take a look at these articles and contemplate what mindfulness means to you and how you can start slowly to work it into your life, in whatever way makes you comfortable and content.

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