Janice Marturano suggests ways to practice mindfulness that won't add to your already over-packed schedule.
Mindfulness training is about your life. It isn't about the time you meditate on a cushion or chair. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life.Read more »
Mindful Publisher Jim Gimian and I travelled last week to the Inauguration ceremonies for President Obama as guests of Representative Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation. (Jim and I helped Representative Ryan with the conception, shaping, and promoting of the book; in the second issue of Mindful, PBS NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni profiles Representative Ryan and reports on his work with mindfulness.)
At the inauguration, we joined close to a million people stretching from the west front of the Capitol down the Mall and to the Lincoln Memorial for a great party that I found both uplifting and moving.Read more »
As this New Year dawns on us, how about we don’t set rigid New Year’s resolutions, but instead see this year as a practice. There is some implied rule within resolutions that we’ll actually stick to them and when we don’t, we set ourselves up for the same old habitual mind traps that have kept us stuck in the past.
“I’ve failed once again,” arises, leading to a sense of sluggishness and the next thought, “What’s the point?”
There’s another way.Read more »
When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?
I first started practicing mindfulness in June 1989. I attended a four-day Stephen Levine workshop entitled “Conscious Living, Conscious Dying” at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Beforehand, I truly had no idea who Steven Levine was or that mindfulness meditation was part of the workshop. I simply had done my own personal grief work and wanted to attend the workshop as a way of preparing to leave my job as a clinical social worker at a child guidance clinic and then do hospice social work. After the workshop I began meditating 10 minutes a day and have continued meditating ever since.
Of note, the following year in 1990 I joined a group of spiritually minded therapists and attended a week long workshop on “Holotropic Breathing” given by Stan and Christina Grof. They were accompanied by some guy named Jack Kornfield, of whom I had never heard. As in the previous year, I had no idea that mindfulness meditation would be part of the workshop. I was grateful it was....Jack's presence and mindfulness sittings proved to be the “container” for the week!Read more »