Awake At Work
by Yi‑Yuan Tang, Britta K. Hölzel, and Michael I. Posner
Research over the past two decades broadly supports the claim that mindfulness meditation — practiced widely for the reduction of stress and promotion of health — exerts beneficial effects on physical and mental health, and cognitive performance. Recent neuroimaging studies have begun to uncover the brain areas and networks that mediate these positive effects. However, the underlying neural mechanisms remain unclear, and it is apparent that more methodologically rigorous studies are required if we are to gain a full...Read More
Orginially published in Mindful Magazine
March 1, 2015
Before we read further, let’s pause for a moment and consider our circumstances. Chances are if you are reading this magazine, you are in a comfortable, safe setting, with access to virtually unlimited resources. You can travel freely, communicate globally and explore the entirety of human knowledge virtually unrestrained. And most likely you have ready access to friends, colleagues, family and...Read More
Here in this poem by Rumi we are reminded that by offering our very finest to others we can inspire the best in our world with command, grace and distinction.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
A lesson from three monkeys
Question: Why are these three monkeys playing deaf, dumb and blind?
- So they can appear innocent while ignoring reality.
- So they can be sincere and phony at the same time.
- So they can behave disgracefully without having to notice.
- All of the above
While the conventional explanation is that these three monkeys are “wisely” refraining from witnessing, hearing or speaking evil – a seemingly noble aspiration - a closer inspection reveals the theatrics of spiritual self deception. By...Read More
Meditation practice introduces us to the fresh, open and spontaneous experience of our wakeful lives in the present moment. We also learn about our tendency to promptly camouflage this wakefulness as our “watcher” tries to catalogue life rather than actually live it. Here Daniel Kahneman helps us distinguish between our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” – shedding some light on not only the difficulty in explaining happiness but the bravery required to actually experience it.