Throughout 2019, we shared stories, tips and ideas to help readers like you deepen your meditation practice, cut down on daily stress, and develop more mindful habits. By working with experts in the field and exploring the latest research, we always aim to provide you with the most up-to-date and authentic information on mindfulness today.
Here are the top mindfulness articles of 2019:
1) The Best Meditation Apps
Our phones are always with us, so we might as well put them to good use. Here are five free apps that can help you deepen your practice.
Free Meditation Apps Worthy of Your Attention
Mindfulness apps are trending in a big way. Here are four we’re happy we downloaded. Read More
2) The Ultimate Guide to How to Meditate
Learning to meditate can be confusing—should you get a cushion? Count breaths? Listen to an audio recording? This introductory guide has the answers.
3) Learn the RAIN Meditation Practice
In this beloved practice, Tara Brach provides four steps to stop being so hard on ourselves, so we can cultivate self-compassion in our most challenging moments.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Try the RAIN Meditation
You can take your time and explore the RAIN meditation as a stand-alone practice or move through the steps in a more abbreviated way whenever challenging emotions arise. Read More
4) How to Practice Mindful Eating
By taking a little more time with our meals, we can enjoy them more and feel satisfied for longer. Chris Willard explains the basics of mindful eating.
6 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating
Here are a few simple guidelines to keep in mind to discern between mindless and (more) mindful eating. Read More
5) A Simple Mindfulness Practice for Young Kids
Teach children how to settle the mind with this popular glitter jar craft—it’s both a simple introduction to mindfulness and a fun rainy day activity. Eco-friendly alternatives are also included.
How to Create a Glitter Jar for Kids
The glitter jar represents the mind settling. It’s a great afternoon activity that your kids can keep coming back to as a mindfulness practice. Read More
6) Destress Your Work Routine with Mindfulness
Work is often stressful. By adding mindfulness into the mix, you can give yourself more space to slow down and think through big decisions.
Train Your Mind to Work Smarter
Work life is full of challenges that can drain us and create stress. Tara Healey of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care suggests four ways to make our work routines more mindful. Read More
7) Make Meditation Part of Your Daily Life
Meditating regularly can be challenging. Here, Jack Kornfield walks you through six steps to make meditation a part of your daily routine.
How to Make Meditation a Daily Habit
Six steps to add meditation and awareness to your daily routine. Read More
8) How to Turn Towards Discomfort
When the going gets tough, it’s tempting to turn away. But by learning to persevere, you can become more resilient in the long-run.
The Science and Practice of Staying Present Through Difficult Times
Research suggests that when we turn towards pain and discomfort, we can experience less of it. Plus — a guided meditation for being mindful when things get tough. Read More
9) The Best Foods to Boost the Brain
We’ve all experienced being “hangry,” but can our diets have a long-term impact on our mental health? New research explores the connection between what we eat and how it influences our mood.
What Is the Best Diet for Mental Health?
New research is exploring the connection between the foods we eat and our feelings of depression, anxiety, and happiness. Read More
10) How to Reduce Stress with Mindfulness Practice
We lead busy lives, and being constantly connected can leave many of us feel overwhelmed by stress on a daily basis. Luckily, mindfulness can help.
Nine Ways Mindfulness Reduces Stress
Here’s how mindfulness gives you the space to respond calmly under pressure—plus, a meditation for lowering stress levels. Read More
The Best Podcast Episodes of 2019
Explore the podcasts that resonated with us this year—from working with attention and focus, to the importance of reading deeply. Read More
The Top 10 Guided Meditations from 2019
We’ve rounded up our most popular guided meditations from the past year to help deepen your practice and provide support for every aspect of your life. Read More