Author: Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce is editor-in-chief of Taking Time for What Matters. He is editor of, and a contributor in, The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life (2011). He is also the co-author of The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict—Strategies from the Art of War (2008). Email Barry Boyce:

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Being in the here and now is what mindfulness is all about. Yes and no, says Barry Boyce. It’s also about being aware of what’s inside and outside, past, present, and future. Once we steady our mind with mindfulness, our awareness shines a light on not just the present moment, but where we’ve come from and where we’re going.

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Meditating isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, nor should it be. The great thing about mindfulness, says Barry Boyce, is how it deals with difficult emotions.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

When he started MSBR, Jon Kabat-Zinn didn’t have a detailed plan—just passion and an inkling that lots of good would come of it.


“Self-help” can easily take us into a spiral of self-defeat. Meditation unravels that entire approach—to our great relief.


In the aftermath of so many mass shootings, there are practical political and social things we can do. But what do we do with what’s going on in our hearts?

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