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Practicing Mindful Meditation

Many years ago I was doing a research project on success in vari­ous fields, and I was fortunate to interview Ram Dass, the spiritual teacher who wrote, among other books, Be Here Now, a classic book for Western readers on spirituality, meditation, and yoga. As part of the book, Ram Dass wrote about his transformation
  • 8 Jun, 2015
  • Posted by Steve Fogel
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Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude, opening your heart in appreciation, is a wonderful feel­ing: It feels good physically, and it feels good mentally and emotion­ally. With its constant search for problems that may not even exist, my default programming is fabulous at making me worry rather than focusing on all the good things to be grateful about. Practicing feeling
  • 25 May, 2015
  • Posted by Amy Pistone
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Breathing Exercise

First, pay attention to your anxiety by noticing your breathing and scan your body for any signs that tell you that you are anx­ious. Ask yourself: Where am I tense? Is my breathing labored? Am I holding my breath? Second, look within to find which emotion or emotions are linked to or are being covered
  • 18 May, 2015
  • Posted by Amy Pistone
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Pause Your Machinery: Acting Mindfully and Changing Behavior

Stop and take a moment to “pause your machinery.” The concepts and techniques I present throughout my latest book, Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living, require mindfulness to learn and master, and this brief written exercise will give you the opportunity to rest, step outside the pattern of passive reading, and
  • 11 May, 2015
  • Posted by Amy Pistone
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Moses and the Promised Land

A metaphor for the process of developing new neural circuitry is the Old Testament story of Moses and his people, after leaving the bondage of slavery in Egypt, wandering through the desert for forty years before they got to the Promised Land. Geographically, it’s a relatively short distance to the Promised Land from Egypt, where
  • 4 May, 2015
  • Posted by Amy Pistone
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