Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters


Mindfulness Revolution Ongoing in the New York Times

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On 22 March 2013 The Business Day, Your Money section of the New York Times published an article by Alina Tugend, “In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds.”

Score another little victory for the Mindfulness Revolution. She recognizes that mindfulness has become a buzzword. “But, skeptic that I am, I wondered if it was being oversold as a panacea that is simple, safe and involves no heavy objects.”  What she discovers from her interview with Dr. Michael Baime at Penn and others is that to get the real benefits of mindfulness one must really work at it.

I think as a culture we are inclined towards the quick fix. Life is so busy, we need to fit our salvation into the straining cracks of an overcommitted life. “Real” mindfulness practice cannot be assimilated into that lifestyle. Instead, to make mindfulness authentic, genuine, and transformative we must accommodate our lifestyle to the practice.

This means setting aside some quality time daily to practice; it means going on retreat periodically, where we do nothing other than practice in intensive fashion. With that foundation, then we can pour mindfulness into the cracks of our day, enjoying the benefits of brief, quick practices.

We can use mindfulness to help us become more efficient over-achievers, mitigating some of the stress that comes along with a relentless lifestyle. Or we can use mindfulness to help us become better people–more connected to ourselves and others, more aware, awake, and still. The concept of mindfulness is one thing, the actual experience of it is another.

See if you can find some time today to be with your experience, as it is, without adding anything to it. See if you can create a space of stillness today where you can be with the process of your becoming in each moment.

 



Previous Posts

Drive by Shooting: Mindfulness on NPR
It's not surprising when a feature on mindfulness appears in a major media outlet. Mindfulness is popular. This time it is a sub-four minute interview on NPR. Tamara Keith spoke with Sharon Salzberg, one of the co-

posted 6:25:54pm Jul. 22, 2014 | read full post »

No More Fooling Around: Changing the World Through Mindfulness
Today I will start a series of posts about how we can change the world through mindfulness and the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings. This transformation starts with individuals and progresses through groups, corporations, and then societies. Ultimately, a global movement is possible and will be acco

posted 10:47:16am Jul. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Mindfulness for Introverts
Mindfulness is a natural fit for introverts. The act of meditation itself is an introverted activity and at the same time equips introverts to navigate their interior without getting stuck in rumination. I recently wrote an essay for the Kripalu Thrive blog entitled Mindfulness for Introverts.

posted 3:26:51pm Jul. 08, 2014 | read full post »

The transformative power of mindfulness . . .
As I mentioned last week, there is a special learning opportunity upcoming with Jack Kornfield. I hope you got a chance to look at his videos. Registration is now open to take advantage of studying mindfulness with one of the most beloved American teachers. When it comes to creating real, lasting

posted 11:28:48am Jun. 17, 2014 | read full post »

7 Contemplations for Realizing the Spiritual Introvert Edge (for introverts AND extroverts)
Spirituality Defined “Spiritual but not religious” is a popular designation. What does it mean to be spiritual? There may be as many definitions of spirituality as spiritual people. Everyone puts their unique imprint on what it is to be a spiritual person. These definitions range from religious

posted 1:58:09pm Jun. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.