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mindfulness: informed by research, grounded in practice
Left Brain Buddha is about living and parenting mindfully, joyfully, and thought-fully, especially in left-brain, analytical lives.
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When we try to “power through” illness & fatigue, what we’re really trying to do is will the body into submission. But it doesn’t work that way. Here’s what does.
Zen parenting is about embracing absurdity. Parenting, like a perplexing Zen koan, often calls for the abandonment of logic and the acceptance of paradox.
I think it’s pretty amazing that we live in a world where there are researchers who devote themselves entirely to the study of the things that make us happy. What practices bring us joy? How do we craft a meaningful life? For much of its history, psychology focused on brain and behavior disorders, determining how and […]
For me, there are many joys in the back-to-school season: new school supplies (bouquets of sharpened pencils, anyone?), cool fall air, and, especially, the return to structure and routine. But some school-year routines, like getting ready in the morning or doing homework, can be a challenge for our children. Many mornings consist of struggles, shouting, and […]
We’ve all heard it… “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” But you don’t HAVE to make lemonade. You can just BE WITH the lemons. Let me explain…
Teaching is amazing. And hard. Mindfulness is a valuable tool for teachers as we do this difficult work. Get started with these mantras for teachers!
We hear about mindfulness everywhere these days… but what is it? And how do we do it?
“If the Earth were your body, you would be able to feel the many areas where it is suffering.” Thich Nhat Hanh Oh, the world is hurting right now. Our flags seem to be perpetually at half mast. We can barely process one tragedy before we receive news of another. . . Orlando, Dallas, Nice, […]
Mindfulness — paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and acceptance — is a perfect “secular sacred” practice. We focus on the NOW with reverence, for this moment will never arise again. When the NOW is SET APART in this way, we can see clearly — and we can choose skillful and compassionate action.
Are the cries of “I’m bored!!!” getting to you? Check out this list of 10 mindful activities you can do with your kids during the dog days of summer!
Mindfulness by the numbers
the year Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) debuted at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, bringing secular mindfulness to the west
weeks of mindfulness practice demonstrated to improve immune functioning & increase gray matter in the brain in areas associated with concentration & empathy
number of thoughts you will likely have today (you could have as many as 70,000!)
amount of your happiness researchers say is directly in your control
number of clinical studies suggesting mindfulness meditation reduces stress and anxiety
how much more likely you are to be in good cardiovascular health if you practice mindfulness
number of minutes in 2016: how many will you be present for?