• The Mindful Pause: Elisha Goldstein says “S.T.O.P.”

    Elisha Goldstein is a well-known psychologist and speaker who believes that mindfulness can be learned by anyone, and has a series of guided meditation videos that help people get into a mindful place quickly and easily. The author of highly regarded The Now Effect, Goldstein has come up with a simple way to engage in mindfulness in everyday situations. His acronym, S.T.O.P., is an easy to remember way to create a mindful pause that can disconnect us from old habits and conditioning that can hijack our well-being. I’ve slightly modified his explanations for each (which were posted on the psych central.com blog recently).

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  • What is mindfulness again, anyway?

    Of all the things I realized that I’ve never posted, mindfulness is, surprisingly, at the top of the list. Odd. Well, it’s odd for a blog that’s called The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness. So, in an effort to address that void and provide some clarity on the subject from my point of view, I’ve included some brief descriptions and definitions from my brain to yours, below. Being in the Moment: Children are, Adults, not so much. The truth of the matter is that we are comprised of actions and behaviors that become largely ingrained in our brains as “habits.” As

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  • Daily Grateful: Jack Kornfield’s Helpful Re-Minders

    Jack Kornfield is a highly regarded teacher of Buddhism and mindfulness. He offered up these beautiful re-minders today. You can visit Jack’s Facebook page here.  

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  • Daily Grateful: A Couple of Firsts…

    December 20, 2013 One can be too focused on the past, leading to depressing thoughtsof longing that can lead to looping negativity. But remembrances of times when things were SO incredibly new and fun can be healthy. Just as eyes are less clear over time as we age, so too can our experiences of events and things be dulled (and not just ushumans–think how kittens change into cats who just sort of look at you after a while. They don’t attack your feet as much, ya know?). Enjoy these firsts and rekindle the wonderment of youth! 🙂 THE TRAIN ARRIVAL

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  • Daily Grateful: December 4, 2013

    It’s a good thing to remember where you come from. There’s something so soothing and calming about the vastness of the universe. The next clear night, why not look up into the heavens and smile at your neighbors and cosmic family members…

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  • The Importance of Focus

    The other day I posted a discussion (Stay Mindful! Wandering Minds Tend to Lead to Greater Unhappiness) about the importance of focus by explaining the negative impact of “wandering minds.” As a natural follow up to this discussion, it makes sense to address Daniel Goleman’s work (which can be found in his new book, FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence,) which explains the importance of staying focused. Goleman,  is a highly regarded psychologist and writer who concludes that focus is key to a complete, happy life, and that the alternative is leading us as a society (and kids, in particular)

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  • Daily Grateful: November 13, 2013

    I think to myself, what a wonderful world. When I first heard this, I cried tears of joy and sadness. Joy for the message of the song, and sadness for the loss of this talented young man. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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