Review: Realizing the Power of Now

My latest audio book borrowed from the "currently available" and "non-fiction" list from my library was Eckart Tolle's Realizing the Power of Now. I was surprised to find that this was actually a recording of Tolle's teachings at a retreat and not a recording of a book. I expected it to be full of eye-rolling, nausea-inducing, self-help … Continue reading Review: Realizing the Power of Now

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Book reviews: Following the Path vs. Being where you are

I coincidentally finished two books this week that were surprisingly on complete opposite sides of the "book-review" spectrum for me.  The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Michael Puett in audiobook format and Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn as a regular book. The Path is based on a very … Continue reading Book reviews: Following the Path vs. Being where you are

6 Seconds

Quick read: Harvard Business Review article about Mindfulness at work. How many times do we go through our day without resetting, calming our minds? One breath before each meeting, 6 seconds, is all it takes to be "more present, more effective, and productive". Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective

Documentary review: The Brain that Changes Itself

I watched this documentary on Amazon Prime. Norman Doidge, M.D., author of the book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science highlights a collection of "neuroplasticians" and case studies of their work. These scientists are developing therapies that help the healthy parts of the brain rewire and regain capabilities … Continue reading Documentary review: The Brain that Changes Itself

How long does it take Mindfulness practice to “work”?

I’ve been seriously exploring mindfulness for the past 6 months or so. I’m not actively pursuing Buddhist meditation yet, but mindfulness has become a focus of mine -- researching and studying the philosophy. How long do you have to practice Mindfulness for it to "work"? I have no idea. The more I practice it, the … Continue reading How long does it take Mindfulness practice to “work”?

Does mindfulness inhibit creative thought?

Scott Barry Kaufman's blog post in Scientific American breaks down a framework for understanding the wandering mind. He uses a scientific, technical approach to explain how mindfulness gives us the ability to regulate our emotions and thoughts, and the freedom to pay attention to the "spontaneous thought" patterns that are fueling our creative or goal … Continue reading Does mindfulness inhibit creative thought?