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Mindful August 2015

Mindful is the groundbreaking new magazine dedicated to helping you live mindfully. The simple practice of being in the moment brings out the best in who you are.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Foundation for a Mindful Society
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top of mind

(PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF BAPTISTE FOUNDATION)YOGA FOR OUR SOLDIERSIn 2015 the Baptiste Foundation teamed up with the YMCA to offer free yoga classes to veterans, active duty soldiers, and their families around the state of New York, and participants don’t have to be members of the YMCA.The Baptiste Foundation, a nonprofit founded by yoga pioneer Baron Baptiste, is committed to bringing yoga to “everyone, everywhere.” One of their primary focuses is military. In April, their initiative called Yoga for American Soldiers launched a free six-week program with The Healthy Living Center in Albany, New York, which is a partnership between the YMCA, Hannaford grocery stores, and the Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan insurance company.They hope to continue offering similar programs throughout the year.SAMPLE SIZE MATTERSMindfulness research has been plagued by small…

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did you know?

Mindfulness could be as effective as antidepressants for preventing depression from recurring. In a recent study, adults who did MBCT had virtually the same rate of relapse into depression as a group who continued taking medication.3Extraordinary Acts of Kindness30 years after a California doctor saved a premature baby at birth, he found himself trapped inside a burning car. The baby, now a paramedic, saved the doctor’s life.Noah Aldrich, 8, completes mini-triathlons with his disabled brother Lucas, 6, so he can feel what it’s like to cross a finish line.When no one from Mackenzie Moretter’s class attended her 10th birthday party, her mom took to social media and 300 people showed up, bearing food and presents. ■…

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the jewels of summer  

Tomatoes are full of nutrients that are known to lower cholesterol. They are also a good source of antioxidants.• An excellent source of vitamin C.• Contain high amounts of lycopene, a carotenoid known for supporting healthy heart function.Source: whfoods.comI love long, leisurely mornings. And every morning, after my simple breakfast of granola and yogurt, I make myself a piece of toast with soft goat cheese, avocado, and some sliced cherry tomatoes. I drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle some salt and savor every bite. There is no better way to start the day.It’s no coincidence tomatoes have become a staple in so many cuisines. Both luxurious and simple, a ruby red tomato picked fresh off a backyard vine is nothing short of perfect.In summer when I get my hands…

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7 tips for talking about meditation… without being annoying

1 DON’T FOIST IT ON ANYONENobody loves a noodge who is intent on telling you what’s wrong with you and what you have to do to fix it. While you may feel that someone who is telling you how stressed out they are would benefit from meditation, it’s better to bide your time and let them ask you about it. Resist the urge to gush about your new favorite thing.An exception: There’s nothing wrong with suggesting it to your Boyceemployer. It’s not as awkward to bring it up in an organizational context. You’re not really imposing on anyone. You can talk about the science, about how lots of successful organizations are using it (See David Gelles’ Mindful Work), and suggest someone to contact. If possible, it’s good to note that…

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when the gloves come off

(Illustration by Sébastien Thibaulty)This morning I awoke feeling peaceful and happy.I smiled as I listened to the singing birds. Then I heard the revving of a garbage truck. Leaving. I turned toward the man I love and snapped, “Arg! You forgot to take the garbage out AGAIN didn’t you? You’re so lazy!” I jumped out of bed, grabbed the mutts and headed for the beach. I glowered at the overflowing trash cans, blaming them for not strolling to the curb. Then my angelic tufted-toed orange dog saw another canine. Instead of a wiggly hello, she barked and lunged. Like mother, like daughter.Let’s face it. Sometimes, despite the hours logged on the cushion, despite the meditation retreats, and certainly despite our best intentions, we don’t handle relationship conflict well. I’ve written…

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listening is no act

The first day I came to work with Claire Danes on the set of season four of Homeland, it was immediately clear to me that all of Danes’ accolades and awards were well deserved. Her persona is lucid, grounded, and empowered at the highest level. And for the first time in a long time I had the feeling that I needed to raise my usual game plan to another level. Frankly, she kind of scared me. So strong was the power of her focus that I had a real moment of gut check that felt something like, “Hey, are we ready? Because she sure as hell is.” After the initial shock I saw this for what it really was: an excellent opportunity to approach my work mindfully.Our characters were initially…

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