Mindfulness begins at home. Preparing meals, washing dishes, paying attention to our bank account, playing with our children—all are opportunities to be fully present for our lives.

How can you help your toddler or young child relax and become aware of his or her breath—in a fun way? Susan Kaiser Greenland offers this simple and playful exercise.

Pregnancy, birth and early parenting are the most transformational time in the adult life cycle. Barry Boyce reports on a mindfulness center that teaches skills that interrupts patterns of dysfunction. 

A Q&A with Brian Despard, author of You Are Not Your Thoughts, a story that originated with a newfound awareness and a newborn granddaughter.

Prizing newness with its sleek and perfect lines has some ugly consequences. An aesthetic alternative, offers author Elizabeth Farrelly, is wabi sabi, the Japanese philosophy that beauty lies in what is flawed.

How do we reconcile chaos with control? Cataloging moments of poetry and disaster, novelist and essayist Ruth Ozeki makes sense of family quirks, history almost lost, and the death of parents.