It is the integrated person who recognizes that meeting with true success requires that one's life be balanced, holistic, meaningful, and guided by the "spirit as the inner source of energy and spirituality as the outward expression of that force" (Dehler and Welsh, 2003, p.115) or "lived religion" (Gould 2005).
Mindfulness is making its way to the next cover of TIME magazine, and TIME gives Mindful magazine a tip of the hat. Read on if you want to learn more about the TIME article.
Screenshot of TIME article.
TIME subscribers are looking at the article now, but the
issue itself won't hit newsstands until Monday. In the meantime here's a
deeper look and some further reading on the people and practices
mentioned in "The Mindful Revolution."
Kate Pickert, writing for TIME, notes that "We're in the
midst of a popular obsession with mindfulness as the secret to health
and happiness—and a growing body of evidence suggests it has clear
benefits." Pickert takes a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course to
write the article, and talks about how the course was developed back in
1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The current issue of Mindful features Kabat-Zinn and his pioneering mindfulness work, including his thoughts on the present and future of mindfulness.
“There are tremendous benefits that arise from mindfulness practice,
but it works precisely because we don’t try to attain benefit," says
Kabat-Zinn. "Instead, we befriend ourselves as we are. We learn how to
drop in on ourselves, visit, and hang out in awareness."
Pickert points out that calling mindfulness the "latest self-help
fad" totally ignores how the practice is gaining acceptance among those
who would otherwise considered meditation a bit flaky: Silicon Valley
enrepreneurs, Pentagon chiefs, FORTUNE 500 titans, among others.
That's something we've seen in our year of publishing Mindful, too. Our June 2013 issue featured Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), author of A Mindful Nation talking about bringing mindfulness into politics and society. Eileen Fisher talked to Mindful about
why kindness and collaboration are king in her business. "I have a deep
sense that I didn't create this business alone," she says in Mindful's December issue. "I listened, I heard, and we worked together. Working in a collaborative way made it so much better."
Even police officers are seeing the benefits of having a mindfulness
practice. Lieutenant Richard Goerling of the Hillsboro Police
Department brought a mindfulness training program to his department after they had "hit rock bottom," as journalist Maureen O'Hagan reported in Mindful's October issue.
O'Hagan points to an incident involving a veteran officer who faced off
against the rest of the police force in January 2013. It left the team
shaken, and the current police chief dedicated to finding new approaches
to supporting the men and women in the department.
Pickert talks about the kinds of people in her MBSR class, and what
they're hoping to gain from meditation. The response of one mother
resonated with us and with Mindful's August feature on mindfulness and parenting: a mother wanting to be more present with her child. Take a peek
at how we covered Nancy Bardecke's Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and
Parenting course and what parents learned. If you're looking for more
than just a peek, check out our Q & A with Amy Saltzman, author of A Still Quiet Place, about how children and teens can find awareness, her research with children, and some key practices for caregivers. In Mindful's December issue, psychologist Stefanie Goldstein shares three tips for creating a mindful family.
One of the reasons mindfulness has become so popular is the growing
research around its benefits and how science is learning about our
brains' ability to rewire itself. Our science columnist Sharon Begley
tackles neuroplasticity in "Rewiring Your Emotions," and speaks with neurobiologist Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin on his pionnering work in the field. In "Collisions of Creativity,"
Begley looks at how psychologists and neuroscientists are trying to
understand how we generate new ideas, and debunks three popular ideas we
have about where original ideas come from in our brains.
Pickert begins her article with a basic mindfulness practice
involving paying attention to a raisin, and moves on to seated
meditation practice and walking meditation. If you're interested in
trying out mindfulness practice on and off the cushion, visit our practice page (no raisins necessary for these ones). For more on the people and practices surrounding mindfulness, check out Mindful magazine here on Mindful.org.