There's a lot of misinformation about mindfulness and mindfulness meditation floating around, now that it's reached fad status. (It's a 2,600-year-old fad.)
Mindfulness isn't the solution to all of life's problems, but it's a great start. The more contact we have with our present-moment experience, the better able we are to enjoy it when it's good, cope with it when it's bad, and make wise decisions either way.
Ready to come back to life? Start by checking out the collection of my top mindfulness articles using the links to the right, and then check out some of the other free content below.
I gave a lecture series aboard a cruise ship, helping people find meaning and purpose in their daily lives. Before the trip was over, I’d have found a source of meaning just for me, lying on a remote beach, waiting for me to discover it.
Was spending a Friday night in a sensory deprivation tank blissful? Not exactly, but it did illustrate the aversion and reactivity that causes us to suffer, and what we can do about it.
As good as social connection can be, it also leaves us vulnerable to being hurt by others. Here's how best to cope with it when it happens. Also, how hurt feelings can point to things inside you that could use some attention.
A reader of mine wanted to hear more about unhealthy relationships with food. Here's why it can be so hard to eat the types and amounts of food we want to, and how mindfulness can help.
When you're in a toxic relationship with a friend who has an "all-access pass" to you, the pain can cut right to your core. Here's a framework for rationally assessing the situation and moving forward with a minimum of distress.
Your mind is an important part of your body, so be sure to include it in your fitness program. Mindfulness meditation provides a wealth of mental and physical health benefits, and helps you achieve whole-life fitness.
Change or growth require effort now, hopefully for a reward later. But if you call this "delayed gratification," you're making things harder than they need to be. Plus, you're missing the gratification that's right in front of you.
Regret is your mind's way of keeping you from repeating mistakes, but when it hangs around it can do more harm than good. Here I cover how your mind lays the groundwork for regret and how you can nip it in the bud.
In Part One we covered that suspense is a gratifying variation on fear. Now, we dive into four critical differences between the two, and how to start enjoying more of the uncertainty that life brings your way.
Facing the unknown in your life can be scary. But fear, mixed with delight and hope, produces enjoyable suspense. Here's how to start converting one to the other, so you can enjoy your cliffhanger moments.
Recent research explores how viewing baby animal pictures helps you be focused and productive. Far from a fluff piece (ha), studies like this one are on the cutting edge of research into how positive emotions can help you thrive.
Saying goodbye to people you like is an inevitable part of life. Your job when you do it is to meet that physical ending with acceptance, and bring awareness to the legacy of the other that endures within you. And then to keep your heart open and soft.
Neurobiological research supports longstanding theories about the importance of attunement with others, especially in early life. A recent study hints that it may keep dementia at bay, too.
Between 15% and 30% of the U.S. population feels lonely chronically. Here I cover the causes and effects of loneliness, and the latest methods of working with it. Mindfulness meditation has a lot in common with them, so there's yet another reason to start meditating.
Judging by the internet, humans have an insatiable appetite for numbered lists (and small animals). As fun and informative as list posts can be, they can also reinforce unhealthy habits and thoughts, and impair your long-term happiness.
Mindfulness meditation can seem full of riddles. If practicing it involves accepting the way things are, then why would I practice in the first place? And how can it help me if I'm not supposed to try to change anything? Read on, and I'll try to clear it up for you.
Self-sufficiency is often necessary in day-to-day life, but to achieve your full human potential you also need deeper presence and connection with people. It may be the best gift you can give to either of you.
One of the most common misconceptions about mindful awareness is that it means trying to abolish thinking. If you try to cultivate it with that goal, you'll miss out on the beauty of the practice. You don't need to trade one for the other.
How you construct your life story affects how you feel about yourself and the world, and having a story of redemption can do wonders for your well-being. And you overcome obstacles and achieve victories all the time—you just may need to look for them.
We're often absent from the experience of our lives for long stretches. When you bring mindful awareness to the present moment, you'll see the richness you've been missing, and extract more living from your life.