What is a Mindfulness Break™?

If you have every worked for an employer, you probably had a lunch break. If you are a coffee drinker, you are accustomed to taking a coffee break. And if you are still addicted to smoking, you probably take a cigarette break once in a while at work. So, what if you could take a […]

Jon Kabat-Zinn On Mindfulness In Healing

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn spoke last year (in 2011) at Dartmouth College. The topic of his speech is “The Healing Power of Mindfulness.” Some of the ways we use our minds includes worry about things that haven’t happened yet and planning what will happen next. He said, “In this moment, your life is just like this!” Recent […]

Taking Care Of Anger

This video is from 1995, and the teachings are still viable today. Ram Dass interviewed Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh about taking care of anger. Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that we hold our anger in mindfulness like a mother holds a crying baby. He teaches that we use mindfulness of breathing to embrace our anger. […]

Ceremony and Ritual Creates Mindfulness

In this video from Super Soul Sunday, Oprah Winfrey interviews Mariel Hemingway and her soul mate, Bobby Williams. They are discussing their new book, Running with Nature: Stepping Into the Life You Were Meant to Live. Mariel, says, “I think ceremony and ritual creates mindfulness.” I’m all in favor of anything that creates mindfulness! She […]

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal, Ph. D., is a health psychologist at Stanford University and a senior teacher at The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. In this entertaining video, Dr. McGonigal discusses her book, “The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It” at the Capitola Book […]

Bell of Mindfulness

The bell of mindfulness is calling us back to our true homes. “With body, speech and mind in perfect oneness I send my heart along with the sound of the bell. May all who hear it awaken from forgetfulness And transcend all anxiety and sorrow.” –Monks and Nuns of Plum Village and Zen Master Thich […]

Can A Few People Make A Difference?

Can a few people make a difference? Yes they can! Four people, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Martin Luther King,  Sister Chan Khong, and Alfred Hassler did make a difference. These four superheros of peace used the five powers of faith, diligence, mindfulness, concentration, and insight to change the course of history during the […]

6 Mindfulness Practices For The Holidays

Below are 6 mindfulness practices for the holidays that will help alleviate anxiety, stress, and loneliness. So says Dr. Emma Seppala, the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. A link on the CCARE website led to Emma’s article on Psychology Today titled, 6 Quick and […]

The Perfection Of Concentration

The perfection of concentration is the next paramita in the series of articles on the six paramitas taught by the Buddha. Paramita is a Sanskrit word meaning “crossing to the other shore.” By practicing the paramitas of generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom, we cross over to the other shore from ill-being to well-being, […]

Cosmology And Buddhist Thought – The Book!

Cosmology and Buddhist Thought: A Conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson JUST RELEASED Do the modern science of cosmology and ancient Buddhist thought have anything in common? Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dr. Jerome Freedman try to answer this question in a conversation that took place in New York in May, 2011. Dr. Tyson is […]