Beauty-ful “Mindful Drawings” by Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Paula Kuitenbrouwer keeps a lovely online portfolio and shop of “Mindful Drawings.”  Most masterful artists would likely have developed a refined quality of mindfulness, but Paula’s work breathes from a deep and clearly-articulated intention to work from a place of mindfulness. “I carefully prepare my drawing session by laying out all the tools. I think long about what I want, and I pay attention to the composition. I also do research, because I like to know what I am drawing. […]

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.”   Anyone who has sat down on social media for any significant length of time could likely relate to this […]

NYTimes OP-ED: The Morality of Meditation

A recent article in the NYTimes discusses an experiment on whether meditators might be more willing to help others. “..[W]hat ..interested us was whether those who had been meditating would exhibit greater compassion in the face of suffering. To find out, we staged a situation designed to test the participants’ behavior before they were aware that the experiment had begun.”    “Although only 16 percent of the nonmeditators gave up their seats — an admittedly disheartening fact — the proportion […]

How Meditation Works – Mindfulness in ‘The Atlantic’

“Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it…”  This is the tagline for a recent article by in The Atlantic by Liz Kulze, which shares an articulate overview of the practice, personal stories and some of the behavioral and neuroscientific research being done around Mindfulness meditation. “..it goes without saying that some time to ourselves, quietly sitting and slowly breathing, will prove to calm us down after a stressful […]

Real Happiness Program: ‘The Phrases We Choose Reflect the Balance We Seek’

Beautiful things can happen in our lives, we can place words on a page — one at a time, arranged as if mapped and planned in full, but trickling down, instead, they do. Troubling turns can loosen our feet, pain and remorse can take us, but ‘the phrases we choose reflect the balance we seek.’ (1) so mind to the language of love when you speak. May you all feel vital. — Thank you to everyone who took up a […]