Experience a Fresh Approach to Mindfulness that can Transform Your Life

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Stop Trying to Fix Yourself with Deborah Eden Tull
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Saturday, December 1

Experience a fresh, embodied approach to mindfulness that can transform your life

Is self-improvement a myth?

Have you attended workshops, gone on spiritual retreats, logged countless therapy sessions, and thumbed through an avalanche of self-help books… yet still feel “broken” or incomplete?

And will you still be making New Year’s resolutions, even though most of them tend to fizzle out by the end of January?

What if you could do it differently this year…by aligning your New Year’s intentions with your true essence through deep listening to your heart’s intentions and mindful inquiry…

Renew your mind, body, and spirit… and jump off the “self-improvement” train

On Saturday, December 1, Zen Buddhist meditation teacher Deborah Eden Tull will guide you to overcome the myth of self-improvement and set loving intentions aligned with your true, already whole, Self.

You can find out more about Stop Trying to Fix Yourself: Overcome the Myth of Self-Improvement & Discover the Keys to Mindful Self-Renewal — and reserve your free seat — here!

During this restorative event about the power of mindful inquiry, fierce compassion, and conscious intentions, you’ll discover:

  • A new approach to mindfulness that can organically transform your life
  • How to get off the hamster wheel of self-improvement — and access your true essence and the present moment
  • A proven technique to set conscious intentions to renew you in mind, body, and spirit… and help you lean into your highest purpose
  • The true meaning of the Zen teaching of compassionate self-discipline, which you can easily apply to accomplish your goals and dreams
  • Fierce compassion and mindful inquiry as the “threshold” to emotional freedom and an awakened life

Eden will invite you to jump off the “self-improvement” train and explore another path of mindfulness that embraces self-renewal and awakening to the perfection of each and every present moment.

I hope to “see” you there! It’s FREE to attend and you’ll receive a recording if you can’t listen live

During Stop Trying to Fix Yourself: Overcome the Myth of Self-Improvement & Discover the Keys to Mindful Self-Renewal, Deborah Eden Tull, who trained for seven years as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery, will share a fresh, embodied approach to meditation and mindfulness designed to organically transform your life.

This event is free but requires a registration. RSVP here!



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A Year of Less – Stopping the Cycle of Consumerism eBook $1.99

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Cait Flanders is a former binge consumer turned mindful consumer of everything. Through personal stories, she writes about what happens when money, minimalism, and mindfulness cross paths. Cait’s story has been shared on Oprah.com, Forbes, Yahoo!, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CBC News, and more. She inspires people to consume less and live more, on her blog www.caitflanders.com. Cait lives in Squamish, BC, Canada, with her three loves: the mountains, the forest, and the ocean.


A Year of Less – Stopping the Cycle of Consumerism

What happens when one woman buys nothing for a year? We speak with author Cait Flanders about how she stopped shopping, gave away her belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store. Stories about what happens when money, minimalism, and mindfulness cross paths.

How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away All My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by CAIT FLANDERS

In her late twenties, Cait Flanders realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy. The Year of Less documents Cait’s life during which she bought only consumables. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits and discovered what truly mattered to her. The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life – and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.

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The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.

The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and food—and what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits she’d spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.

Blending Cait’s compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life—and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.

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Hay House publishes self help, inspirational and transformational books and products. Louise L Hay, author of bestsellers Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life, founded Hay House in 1984.

This holiday season, embrace those magic moments, celebrate and give hugs and kisses to the people that surround you. Resonate with this energy and feel the connection of Oneness this season brings. And get comfortable as both the giver and the receiver of all things wonderful!

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Six Ways to be Mindful Each Day

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By definition, being mindful is a state of awareness focusing on the present moment. When we are present, we are able to live in a beautiful state.

Making small, mindful shifts in your day-to-day life can lead to big shifts in the overall quality of life you live.

THE NEW BRAND OF MINDFULNESS

Have you had any experience with Eastern philosophy? Or have you ever been to a yoga class? Actually, have you ever just browsed through Instagram? Then chances are you’ve heard the word “mindful,” perhaps many times. It’s use has grown tremendously over the past decade, with a sharper increase starting about 4-5 years ago. But what exactly does it mean to be mindful?

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Like many definitions, it all depends on who you ask. For some, it’s about living in a meditative state, that is, one that is thoughtful and calm. For others, it’s more about being present and not judging others in the world around you. But the common thread that runs through every definition is that mindfulness is an ideology.

For me, the importance is about putting that ideology into action, and doing so in a way that is practical. Because ethos and ideology are the perfect backdrop to living in a beautiful state, but if you don’t have conventional ways to apply it to everyday life, then it’s all for naught.

So what is the conventional wisdom for practicing mindfulness? How do you apply it to everyday life? Try asking yourself these simple questions, and you’ll begin to see how making such small shifts in your life can lead to big results:

WHAT’S IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET?

Open your medicine cabinet and take a look at the products you use on a daily basis. Do you know what their ingredient list is? Do you know where they come from or how they were made?

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It’s easy to shop blindly – to purchase a product based on the prominence of the brand or the appeal of the label. But so many of the sprays, makeup, gels, lotions and formulas we are putting on our bodies on a regular basis may actually be doing more harm than good.

Toxins and chemicals are a big part of the problem. From parabens to phthalates and aluminum, the chemicals used in a number of common health products are leeching into our bodies and wreaking havoc. Know what is in your shampoo. Find out what your shower gel and shaving cream are made out of. That lotion you use to moisturize – does it have any harmful chemicals? What about your deodorant, or your lipstick or aftershave?

You can also be mindful by asking what went into developing the product you are using. Sadly, despite the big steps we’ve made in the past 20 years to reduce animal-testing, an inhumane practice that perpetuates suffering, a number of companies still use it. I, personally, do not want to purchase a product that in any way supports this cruelty. I want to live in a world that chooses compassion and kindness over anything else. So I choose brands that are in alignment with those values as well. You can find out which companies do not use animal testing here.

WHERE DOES YOUR FOOD COME FROM?

This part of mindfulness isn’t about restriction or reduction. And it’s not about saying “be mindful of that piece of cake you are eating, ask yourself if you are really hungry or are trying to comfort yourself.” While I can appreciate the ideology behind that, sometimes you just want to indulge. Everything in moderation, right?
This is about knowing what is in your food and where it comes from. Are you eating processed food loaded with additives and preservatives? Or are you nourishing your body with whole foods that are truly clean? Are you buying organic and local? Or are your foods treated with pesticides?

Make it a point to read the ingredients label and take note of what you are putting into your body. This will make you more in-tuned with your habits and patterns, and help you make better decisions when it comes to how you fuel and energize your body.

WHAT DOES YOUR BODY NEED?


Exercise should be a vital part of your day, even if only for 20 minutes. It not only has a number of well-known physical benefits, it can also enhance your mental and emotional state. But being mindful doesn’t mean pushing yourself to go all-out on the treadmill, or pressuring yourself to bike 50 miles when you are exhausted. It means paying attention to your body and asking yourself what you really need.

When I need to energize myself, I opt for a brisk run outside. If cardio sounds like too much for my body that day, but I still have energy, I’ll choose a challenging yoga class. Or when I’m feeling a little more subdued, and my body is asking for a recovery day, I’ll take a walk. Then there are still some other days where stress and restlessness beg to be released with a really intense cardio session.

Being mindful isn’t about forcing yourself to work out every day. It’s about taking note of how your body feels and giving it what it needs. Make it a point to assess your physical state every morning. Not only will you become more in tune with your needs, you will be able to take care of yourself in an entirely new way.

HOW DO YOU FEED YOUR MIND?

Do you get news updates on your phone? How often do you stream live news coverage on your computer? Does morning and evening news bookend your day?

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While it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in the world around you, it’s also important to be mindful of what type of news you are consuming. Odds are, the news you are reading and listening to revolves around death, destruction and devastation. After all, there’s a phrase about the news – “if it bleeds, it leads.” Because bad news sells.

But it’s important to take note of what this constant exposure to violence and negativity is doing to your mental and emotional state.

British psychologist, Dr. Graham Davey, told the Huffington Post that exposure to negative and violent media could actually have long-lasting psychological effects. In fact, Davey maintains that “viewing negative news means that you’re likely to see your own personal worries as more threatening and severe, and when you do start worrying about them, you’re more likely to find your worry difficult to control and more distressing than it would normally be.”

Tony tells us to constantly strive to feed our minds. He tells us that every single day, we must stand guard at the doors to our mind and take a proactive approach to what we allow in.

What’s wrong is always available, but so is what’s right – educational podcasts, biographies of great men and women, personal development programs. Every opportunity you have, whether it’s in the car on the way to work, or unplugging 30 minutes before sleep, opt to feed your mind with something that empowers, educates and enlightens. You will be amazed at what a difference it can make in the long run.

ARE YOU BEING COMPASSIONATE WITH YOURSELF?

Be gentle with yourself.

There are enough external forces in the world that are simply out of our control. And there is enough negativity to overcome without bringing it on ourselves. Yet so many of us are our own worst critics. We see flaws when we look in the mirror. We beat ourselves up for not having accomplished enough. We get down on ourselves for not performing as well as we believe we should have.

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But by focusing on the negative we only exacerbate the problem. And by compounding the issue at hand, we disempower ourselves. Take note of what you say to yourself when you look in the mirror. Take a moment to reflect on how hard you are on yourself. And when you find yourself becoming your own worst enemy, stop, and make the mental shift. Immediately change your words, thoughts and patterns into something positive and empowering. By finding a new direction that is more productive, you will find new opportunities for growth.

Take care of yourself. Be gentle, with your words, your thoughts and your actions.


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IS IT LOVE OR EGO?

Throughout the day, be mindful of where your thoughts, feelings, words and actions are coming from. Ask yourself, is this coming from my ego? That is, my need to be special, better and unique? Or is it coming from a place of love? If it is coming from a place of love, then this is your authentic self.

Is it love, or is it ego? This question can be applied for everything from why you want to pursue a certain goal, to how you react when your partner does something you don’t agree with. Either way, it will help you shed the layers that mask your authentic self, and help you understand who you truly are on a more intimate level.

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Mindfulness Is a Superpower

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Practicing mindfulness is one of the single most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing.

Mindfulness is a Superpower Transcript

You may have heard this word mindfulness, it’s become something of a buzz phrase of late.

I’m going to give you one simple serviceable definition which is this: mindfulness is the ability to know what’s happening in your head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.

Imagine how useful this could be. Just as an example, you’re driving down the road, and someone cuts you off in traffic. How do you normally react?

I think most of us normally react by having a thought, which is, “I’m pissed”. And then what happens next?

You immediately, habitually, reflexively inhabit that thought. You actually become pissed!

There’s no buffer between the stimulus and your reaction. With just a little bit of mindfulness in that same situation, you might notice, “my chest is buzzing, my ears are turning red, I’m having a starburst of self-righteous thoughts, I’m getting angry.”

But you don’t necessarily have to act on it and chase that person down the road screaming at them with your kids in the back of your car thinking you’ve gone nuts.

Now you might be thinking, “don’t I need to get angry sometimes? Aren’t I justified?” I would say yes, but probably not as much as you think.

The proposition here is not that you should be rendered by mindfulness into some lifeless, nonjudgmental blob. The proposition is that you should learn how to respond wisely to things that happen to you, rather than just reacting blindly.

And that, my friends, is a superpower. How do you get it? The way to get it is through meditation.

I believe that meditation and mindfulness are the next big public health revolution.

In the 1940s if you told someone you were going running they would’ve said “Who’s chasing you?” but then what happened next?

The scientists swooped in, they showed that physical exercise is really good for you, and now all of us do it, and if we don’t, we feel guilty about it. And that’s where I think we’re headed with mindfulness and meditation.

It’s going to join the pantheon of no brainers like brushing your teeth, eating well and taking the meds your doctor prescribed for you. Let me just close by saying mindfulness is not going to solve all your problems, it’s not going to render your life a nonstop of parade of unicorns and rainbows.

Nonetheless this is a superpower, and one that is accessible by you, immediately.

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Science of Happiness Course

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The Science of Happiness | UC BerkeleyX on edX | Course About Video


Science of Happiness Course

Transcript:

DACHER KELTNER: Imagine that scientists have created a happiness machine, a machine that could make you happy as you’d like with just the push of a button.

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Would you use it?

Would you push the button?

I have asked that question of my students for years, and most of them say no.

Most of them want to find true happiness on their own, in a genuine way.

But how do you do that?

EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS: That’s where science comes in.

For the past decade, researchers have been developing a roadmap for the pursuit of happiness, suggesting, for instance that roughly 40% of our happiness is determined not by our genes,
but by our daily activities.

It’s up to you.

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I’m Emiliana Simon Thomas.

DACHER KELTNER: And I’m Dacker Keltner.

Here at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, we’ve been part of the scientific movement to identify the sources of a happy, meaningful life.

And we’ve made some valuable discoveries.

And we would like to share these findings with you, to help you unlock the secrets to a happier life, healthier relationships, stronger communities.

EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS: That’s where this course comes in.

The science of happiness is the first MOOC to teach this research, with presentations from some of the world’s top experts on the subject, like Sonya Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Paul
Ekman, and Barbara Frederickson.

They’ll join us in covering topics like mindfulness, compassion, and gratitude.

DACHER KELTNER: Together we’ll tour this field that some call positive psychology.

We’ll explore why writing down things you’re grateful for can strengthen your immune system, and improve your sleep.

How meditation can actually change your brain for the better.

And why spending money on others is actually better for your happiness than spending on yourself.

EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS: Along the way, we’ll devote special attention to the links between happiness and human connection– kindness, a commitment to something greater than yourself.

DACHER KELTNER: But we’re going to do more than tell you about the science of happiness.

We’re going to help you experience it firsthand.

Each week you’ll try out research tested method for boosting happiness, and strengthening your meaningful connection to others.

You’ll be able to track your progress over time, and discuss it all with your classmates.

EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS: So please join us for the Science of Happiness.

We’ll put the secrets to happiness at your fingertips, with just the click of a button


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The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.


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Teaching Children Mindfulness

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gh-mindfullness-gsGoldie Hawn recently spoke at an event called Dreamforce in San Francisco where she shared her insight on mindfulness and teaching our children how to thrive as a skill.

Cultivating social and emotional skills that draw from cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training to help children prepare them for a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Hear what the data is telling us about how to enable children to be able to navigate 21st century challenges while maximizing opportunities for success in life and a bright future.

Teaching Children Mindfulness

Look and imagine a future differently. Look at the opportunity to understand how we can improve our lives, our hearts, our spirit, our health, and our relationships in every way thru the practice of mindfulness.

Goldie Hawn shares her story of being 11 years old and how seeing a film that was traumatizing.
At a very young age Goldie was asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and her response was:

I want to be happy.

As her career grew she started to feel that she was moving away from true self, that which made her happy.

In 1971, she was initiated with Transcendental Meditation (TM) and she started meditating. After practicing TM for many years, Goldie continued to study more and went on to study the brain connected to meditation.

Our reality is created by what we think, what we do, and the choices that we make.

Humans are a rare breed; we have metacognition, the awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes. We get to see who and what we are doing.

After the 9/11 attacks, she knew that our lives, our world would never be the same. It would not have the kind of freedom that we had before. This brought her back to when she was 11 and felt the trauma.

There is a way to mitigate the fear and frenzy of the mind. We now understand the effects of Mindfulness, Mindfulness attention, meditation, call it what you will.. focused attention can calm us down, calm down the limbic system so that we can make cognitive decisions without all the emotions that drive us that are negative.

One in five of our children has a mental disorder of some kind. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 15 to 24 years of age. They are sad, lonely, stressed, and have been given no tools to mitigate any of their fears, their anxieties, their stress.

Over 500,000 children are doing MindUP™, which is a program that incorporates Mindfulness. The program teaches kids to understand their brain, to strengthen their attention and optimism. It is designed to give them tools so they can flourish, the best they can. Children need to have joy in their classroom, a sense of optimism. The teachers are trained differently, learning how Gratitude changes the brain, how habituating positive thoughts changes the brain. It’s a dance for evolution.

There is no wrong answer about Mindfulness, no wrong answer about tasting and smelling because we are all amazingly different. Embrace the diversity of all of us.

In the classroom the kids do Gratitude journals, which is an enormous benefit to their minds and hearts. Research has shown that journaling about Gratitude has pulled people out of very depressed states.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Every day is a new day, every day is a birthday.

The one person you need to challenge to become better in life for you, and your loved ones, and your job, is to go to the “University of You” and become the best human being you can possibly become.


                    


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hawn_foundation_mindup_logoMindUP™ teaches social and emotional learning skills that link cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training utilizing a brain centric approach.

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