Mindfulness is a term used to describe a certain way of paying attention in the present moment. It has gained popularity in the West through a surge of interest in Buddhism, but it can be practiced alongside many belief traditions or as a secular exercise. Mindfulness comes from a nonjudgmental place of attention and acceptance toward our minds, our bodies, and our feelings. While meditation practices often incorporate mindfulness, it can also be practiced while doing everyday activities. Mindfulness begets mindfulness: the practice increases our ability to be aware, awake, accepting, and less reactive, which can change how we relate to the world.
Neuroscientist Amishi Jha discusses how the different qualities of mindfulness meditation can help to reduce stress. An excerpt from "Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness" featuring Steve Paulson, Richard Davidson, Jon Kabat-Zinn & Amishi Jha.
Dan Harris is the author of "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head. He was named co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline" in October 2013. He is also co-anchor of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America," a position he has held since October 2010.
Powerful women come in all packages and yet they share some common habits. Glennon Doyle Melton, founder of the blog Momastery, shares how finding stillness in today's overstimulated world may be the key to success.
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