Mindfulness

One of the claims of higher education, and particularly of liberal arts colleges, is that we teach students how to think. What does this actually mean? Surely our students can think, so in what sense do they need to be taught to think? Maybe it...

Mindfulness does not belong to Christianity, Buddhism, or Taoism, just as the breath we inhale and exhale does not belong to any one of us. Everywhere human beings have lived, we have needed to cultivate attention; whether it was for hunting,...

One of the great advances in higher education over the past 50 years has been the increase in variation among students, faculty, administration, and staff. This has deepened the learning within classrooms, greatly enriched both our institutions...

In practicing mindfulness, we can learn to effectively integrate different parts of the brain and mediate internal conflicts. There is a basic neuroscience concept, “Nerve cells that fire together, wire together.” Due to recent findings of neural...

We would like to believe that attention is infinite, but it isn’t. That is why multitasking is a misnomer. The brain can focus only on one thing at a time. We take in information sequentially. When we...

Sitting on his bunk bed, locked behind juvenile detention bars, 17-year-old Damon feels his breath softly rising and falling. As another angry thought surfaces, he remembers his mindfulness lesson and notices the tension in his body. He smiles at...

Yoga and other mindfulness practices have been the subject of an increasing amount of research as they have become more popular in the West. For example, science now supports many of the benefits traditionally associated with yoga practice,...

Divorces and breakups are known to cause the same kind of pain and stress as the death of a loved one, moving, or losing a job. Today a growing movement of people are choosing conscious uncoupling to bring more mindfulness and peace to ending...

Rob: What originally motivated you to do this work? Has that motivation changed over time?

Jennifer: My initial motivation came from a sense of gratitude for how yoga helped me during some of the most...

Thanks to Dr. Dan Siegel, a psychiatrist whose work combines therapy with intimate knowledge of the brain, I took a completely different...

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