Mindful Magazine | Features

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Living with, and Loving, Your Imperfect Life

Mice in your kitchen, ants at the picnic, screaming children, losing your temper, grouchy boss—life is full of imperfections. And yet it’s uncanny how hard we try to keep everything tidy and together. In fact, when we start to loosen up our habits of perfectionism we discover strength and resilience within.

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Brain Overload

Restless, impulsive, distracted, forgetful: we all experience those things. But for 16 million Americans, this cocktail of brain struggles can do real harm. What is ADHD? Do you have it? What can be done?

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Driving to Distraction

At any given daylight moment, as many as 660,000 American drivers are using electronic devices. Twenty-three percent of all auto collisions involve mobile phones. Distracted drivers not only make for frightening statistics, author Jeff Greenwald asserts that they have become the mindful driving challenge du jour: How to cope with drivers so mindless that they are willing to put their lives—and others—at risk.

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The Simple Joy of Writing by Hand

Coloring for relaxation is all the rage now. Handwriting can provide the same reward, and stimulate the brain in ways that typing simply does not. It can also be a meditative practice.

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Open Up

The busier you are, the more you have to step away from busy-ness, from speed, to see what’s truly important in life. It’s the open spaces—the moments when you lose yourself—that help you to find contentment, joy, and peace of mind.

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Face Fear and Keep Going

Fear, while critically necessary for life itself, can be horrifying and crippling. It can also eat away at us day in and day out. And yet, welcoming our fear turns out to be the best way to conquer it. Over and over again.

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Raising the Mindful Family

Busy schedules, digital devices, long commutes—all of this leads to family members who are disconnected from each other as never before. Psychologists Stefanie and Elisha Goldstein show us ways to strengthen relationships, increase everyone’s well-being, and bring the family back together.

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To Pause and Protect

In a groundbreaking program, Oregon police officers are learning mindfulness techniques to deal with stress, be more focused on the job, and connect more meaningfully with the people they serve.

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A Kinder, Gentler World

Is compassion something we only have so much of? Or can we be trained to love more people more of the time? Jennifer Campbell reports.