Health & Fitness



Our Mindfulness bookazine will enable you to explore the virtues of slowing down and digging in, and being aware, even as our lives grow busier and heavier with distraction. You will learn simple techniques to reliably bring yourself to a mindful state throughout, and also take charge over your mind and body to improve sleep, control your emotions, learn new, healthy habits and get rid of the old, unhealthy ones. The issue will help you learn mindful techniques to improve your relationships with friends and family, bosses and co-workers, and reach productive new heights.

United States
Heinrich Bauer Publishing, L. P.
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in this issue

23 min.
discover mindfulness

IN 1997, THE NEW YORK TIMES reported on the global spread of stress. Stress wasn’t a new problem, but by the late 20th century, it was so widespread we had to diagnose a specific tension caused by dealing with our increasingly frenzied day-to-day existence. At the turn of the millennium, the epidemic was gobal, with the “stress” idea catching on from Japan to Russia to India. It makes sense: Our daily behavior has changed remarkably in the last few decades. Consider that before cellphones, it was understood that for a good part of each day people couldn’t contact you. Now, if someone fails to respond promptly to a call (not that you would call, when it’s so much quicker to text or email or message or tweet), you assume that something must…

2 min.
[the rat race can’t be won]

1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. One major reason we don’t get enough shuteye: Watching TV and using computers, smartphones, and tablets in the bedroom, where the artificial light confuses our brains into thinking it’s still daytime, making it tougher to fall asleep after the devices are off. And clocking fewer than seven hours of sleep per night has been shown to have a direct link to higher risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and frequent mental distress. Americans now take four fewer vacation days per year than in 2000. From 1978 to 2000, Americans averaged about three weeks of vacation, but that number started to drop at the turn of the millennium, around the same time that Internet culture met the world of smartphones. More than half of…

2 min.
[the myth of multitasking]

Picture this: You’re working on a presentation. You answer a short email while you’re talking to a coworker, but before your conversation ends, a text from a client pops up on your phone. You tap out a reply, wrap up your conversation, and turn back to the presentation you’re working on. Before long, you get an invitation to tomorrow’s staff meeting. You hit “accept” and toggle among your presentation, your calendar, and your browser—sneaking a quick peek at Facebook—before looking at the clock and seeing it’s 5 p.m. already. Crazy-busy day, right? You got so much done! Well…not exactly. Multitasking in our fast-paced world of alerts, dings, and texts seems essential—and research from Ohio State University shows it even feels satisfying. (Not to mention it pleases the boss.) But science begs to…

1 min.
[is mindfulness practice right for you?]

Do you ever have trouble focusing, or feel over-whelmed by the pace of everyday events? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Have you experienced the phenomenon of “stress eating?” Do you feel as though you’re not as “with it” mentally as you were when you were younger? Do you spend a lot of time worrying about things that aren’t under your control? Does anxiety sometimes prevent you from recalling events or details? Do you worry about your short-term memory? Do you experience repetitive thoughts? Do you find yourself obsessing over small details you’d rather not dwell on? Are you uncomfortable with your thoughts and feelings? Do you ever try to ignore what’s going on in your own head? Do you consider yourself “too sensitive?” Can small things trigger you and throw off your day? Do you ever become…

1 min.
[a brief history]

2700 BCE: The oldest historical evidence found for yoga, though it may have existed thousands of years earlier. As a path to mindfulness, yoga explores the beneficial links between the mental and physical. 2000 BCE: The approximate beginning of Hinduism, a religion that places an emphasis on contemplative practices and meditation—a significant influence in shaping the mindfulness revolution. 600 BCE: The birth of Lao Tzu. While details about his life are largely unknown, he is celebrated as the first philosopher of Daoism, a Chinese belief system concerned with how people connect with others and the world around them. With its focus on staying in the present, Daoism shares values with modern mindfulness. 500 BCE: The birth of Buddha. Buddhism’s emphasis on sati (“memory of the present”) as a Factor of…

20 min.
find your focus

FOCUSING IS “intimately related” to meditation, explains Jonathan Foust, founder of Washington’s Meditation Teacher Training Institute—and both are vital to mindfulness. But they are not the same thing. On a basic level, focus can be seen as a skill, while meditation is a form of training to hone that skill. When combined, Foust says, the focus and meditation can “generate a unique in-depth experience of awakened heart and mind.” Let’s focus here on focus: You can really think of it as the first step of mindfulness, as you learn to gather the information you will gradually come to understand more and more deeply. In layman’s terms, you can think of focus as the ability to concentrate on one thing at one time. Clearly this is essential to successfully perform tasks of any…