The opposite of mindfulness is mindlessness. Whereas mindfulness involves paying purposeful attention and meeting experience with openness and curiosity, mindlessness means functioning on automatic pilot—following routines without paying attention, without appreciating, and without awareness of what’s happening inside and around us.
If we reflect on what it is that all of us essentially want, it can generally be summed up as: wanting to find lasting happiness. The unfortunate reality, however, is that the way we got about finding lasting happiness often doesn’t work. Here are 6 reasons why that is
September marks a period of transition for most of us; we can sense a shift as the days get shorter and summer gradually makes way for the fall season. This time of year involves returning to a more structured routine, getting the kids ready for back-to-school and daily activities. It also usually involves getting busier and feeling more stressed. As our life speeds up, many of us find a renewed interest in making time to resume our mindfulness meditation practice, something that we know is deeply restorative but that somehow has managed to fade with our summer plans.
MindSpace is opening its doors for a day of mindfulness research and practice. If you’re curious about mindfulness, this is a great opportunity to learn more, […]
Equanimity In the third week of our graduate meditation course, Daryl introduced the concept of equanimity. Equanimity means maintaining a balanced mind/heart, and maintaining composure despite […]
This week in our graduate meditation course, our teacher Daryl explored the theme of impermanence. She reminded us that, even though we know intellectually that everything changes all the time, it’s still difficult for us to bring that understanding to bear in our moment-to-moment reality.
I’m participating in MindSpace’s new six-week Insight (Vipassana) Meditation class, taught by Daryl Lynn Ross and Muriel Jaouich from True North Insight. The course is called Deepening […]
It’s no secret that good communication is the secret to happy relationships–at work and at home. In her book “Real Happiness at Work,” mindfulness teacher Sharon Salzberg devotes an entire chapter to mindful communication. Her three-pointed strategy is simple and effective: before you speak, consider whether or not your comment is true, useful, and kind.
Do you get distracted and waste time at work? Do you feel like your brain is full of information competing for your attention? Are you constantly multi-tasking? McGill neuroscientist Daniel Levitin studies the impact of multi-tasking and information overload on our minds.