A Year of Living Without

Zen Habits author Leo Babauta has embarked on a “Year of Living Without” Project. It’s an experiment to fine-tune his lifestyle in order to “Make Room for Life”

This approach is in line with how I view a lot of my own Mindful Living practices, and people who know me well might share that I’ll often undertake these kinds of projects as well; sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of necessity.

For Leo, July was no coffee month and he claims he” had absolutely no difficulty in giving up coffee, not the first day, not the first week, not at all..”

Next month, Leo will not be sitting down for more than 30 minutes at a time, a big move for anyone whose work requires them to be connected to the internet.

Read more on Leo’s blog.

Mindfulness & ‘Internet Brain’

Last week blogger Andrew Price shared his story of turning to meditation to help overcome “Internet Brain,” which he described as “..jumping from one diverting link to another, and sampling little snippets of text and imagery for as long as they hold your increasingly attenuated attention… [a]ny task that requires the sustained and focused application of your brain has become impossible.”

Huffington Post: Why Companies are Turning to Yoga and Meditation to Boost the Bottom Line

I may be weird, but I’m also in charge of the company.

– Mark Bertolinin, CEO of Aetna, Mindfulness-at-work Advocate.

A recent article by Peter S. Goodman tracks some of the corporate wellness programs that utilize “Mindfulness,” “Meditation” or more broadly branded programs like Chade Meng-Tan’s “Search Inside Yourself” to promote employee well-being.

Approximately one-fourth of all major American employers now deliver some version of stress reduction..

“What I Know of This Life” by Mark Coleman

What I Know of this Life

But what of our lives
Sunlight warms the crinkly bark,
Birds touched by morning sun
Sing cantatas at daybreak.
The clouds at this hour
Rest motionless,
While even the waves
Pounding the shore
Fail to stir the stillness,
Which can be carved with a blade.

What I love in this life
Are the simple things.
The curved reach of the sun,
Leaves fallen to earth
Left behind by the passing moon
And feathers found on a path
Gifts from the secret lives of birds..

Full Poem Text Available on Mark’s Blog

Mindfulness: An Adventure in Transformation

Mindfulness meditation is not a nice little thing…it’s not like frosting on a cupcake. This is a major major transformation.

This insight comes from Gary, a 42-year-old former drug addict, and contributor to the Atlantic’s recent article “How Meditation Works.”

On the surface, mindfulness works in seemingly boring swaths of activity: Long lengths of time, sitting in quiet spaces, with or without other people nearby, sometimes thinking, sometimes feeling one’s breath. It doesn’t sound too dynamic.