Recent attention grabbers
- Mindfulness reduces loneliness
In a recent study, two weeks of doing a mindfulness exercise designed to cultivate equanimity resulted in fewer feelings of loneliness and more social interactions.
- A simple trick for becoming a calmer person by David Cain
"What if once we recognized that anger (or any other strong emotion) is present, we refrained from engaging with those fantasies and narratives, at least for a few minutes, and instead just observed the emotional experience itself, in as matter-of-fact a way as possible? Knowing that you can’t force unpleasant emotions away, try being aware of them instead of fighting with them. That’s it. Try it and see how the outcomes differ."
- Don’t have 10,000 hours to learn something new? That’s fine — all you need is 20 hours
Writer Josh Kaufman shares his own tried-and-tested technique to learn a new skill by putting in just 45 minutes a day for a month.
- The lure of living vicariously through others on Hidden Brain
"We’re constantly just simulating things and in those simulations, we lack the bottom-up, real-time experience of actually performing—of actually experiencing those events that we can only find when we jump in and try.”
- Notes from your therapist
I want to share every one of Allyson Dinneen's encouraging notes about navigating our emotions. With so many louder voices steering us in the opposite direction, I don't think we can be reminded too often to feel our feelings instead of taking them all so personally. Check out her 14 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence and Why It's A Superpower.
- The Slowdown
Every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world– through five minutes of poetry.
- On Being conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer
"The kind of deep attention that we pay as children is something that we all can cherish and reclaim because attention is the doorway to gratitude, wonder, and reciprocity."
- You Are Not So Smart conversation with Douglas Rushkoff
"Because it’s the weird who are going to save us [by taking] humanity into new directions. We don’t want to be muting human unpredictability at a time when we most need it.”
Workshops and practice sessions
Exercise Internal Friendliness
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Amelita Mirolo Barn
Practice an attention exercise that helps you embrace vulnerability and erode the walls we all build to protect ourselves. Learn tips for navigating the common challenges of cultivating emotional warmth. Register online or call (614) 583-5331.
Mindfulness Practice Group
Awareness of Awareness
Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, 10 AM – 12:00 PM, Mount Carmel St. Ann's
The scope of mindfulness goes way beyond breath awareness and relaxation. This workshop explores an approach that contrasts and complements our efforts to develop concentration. In fact, it's an invitation to allow your attention to wander without fighting it. To register for this free workshop call (614) 234-5433.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mount Carmel Healthy Living Center
This free practice session sponsored by Mount Carmel Health is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness with others, compare notes, and ask questions.
Unplug and Recharge: A Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, OSU Wetlands Research Park
This free day of mindfulness for cancer survivors and their caregivers is sponsored by JamesCare for Life. We can all get better at recognizing windows of opportunity for savoring restfulness even when it seems to be in short supply. Learn simple, mindful eating strategies and gentle stretches to support an ongoing exploration of finding rest in the midst of unrest. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register online.
Mindfulness Strategies for Insomnia & Worry, Amelita Mirolo Barn
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Explore how your habits for relating to emotional discomfort and uncertainty reinforce worry and insomnia. Learn Jedi moves for calling off internal battles and setting the stage for getting more rest. Register online or call (614) 583-5331.
Ongoing Practice Sessions
If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area, I hope you'll check out the free practice sessions I host in my home. They're usually the first three Wednesdays of every month, but please check my website for exceptions.
Upcoming practice session dates:
- March 6, 13, 20
- April 3, 10, 17
- May 1, 8, 15
Sessions include guided exercises, practice in silence, and discussion. All experience levels and meditation strategies are welcome.
Email or call (614) 284-9618 for address and parking details.
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