The Mind-Traps that Lead to Toxic Jealousy

When jealousy hits, it can be all-consuming, wreaking havoc on our relationships and causing great emotional distress—often without us fully understanding the reason for it. We may not want to resent someone, yet the urge to do so feels uncontrollable. What makes jealousy so powerful? In this video from the PBS science series BrainCraft, creator […]

Mindful’s Top 10 Articles from 2018

Over the course of the last year, we shared practices and stories to help readers like you navigate the stresses of the world, raise resilient children, and communicate compassionately with the people in your life. Every day, we provide resources to add mindfulness to your daily routine—from work, to family, to what to read on […]

How to Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a natural quality that we all have. It’s available to us in every moment if we take the time to appreciate it. When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions. When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the […]

Meditation is the Fastest Growing Health Trend in America

Mindfulness is no longer considered a “soft skill,” but an essential part of overall health care. In the past year alone, we’ve seen a shift from doctors prescribing pills to treat ailments, to physicians prescribing outdoor play, trips to the museum, and mindfulness to treat everything from pain, loneliness, anxiety, and burnout. Researchers are looking […]

How Good People Can Fight Bias

Are you against racism? At the same time do you find that your dinner parties consist pretty much of people who look like you? Do you believe workplaces should provide equal opportunities for women—and yet your own office is run exclusively by men? In her new book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People […]

How to Worry Less About Whether People Like You

Whether it’s at work, school, or a friend’s party, it’s nearly impossible to meet someone new without eventually wondering: do they like me? In this video from The School of Life, philosopher Alain de Botton explores why our brains jump to that thought so quickly. “The question feels so significant because, depending on how we […]

Take 10 Minutes to Defuse Holiday Stress with This Mindfulness Practice

It’s almost a cliché to say the holidays can be stressful. Instead of peace and joy, reality often stays the same. Not everyone gets along, planes are delayed, and dinner gets burned. Any picture-perfect image of the holidays we build up in our minds, filled with expectations of how life should be, rarely gets met […]

A 10-Minute Practice to Be With the Breath

In any given moment there are many things right and many things wrong, but for the few minutes when we sit, we’re letting go of the need to sort all of that out—to sort out the rightness and the wrongness. We’re making peace with the imperfection of being human and settling into the natural rhythm […]

10 Ways Mindfulness Is Driving Real Change

Mindfulness is a fancy word for something very simple we all have: the ability to be fully aware of what’s going on around us, inside us, and with the people we encounter. We can cultivate this ability, and at Mindful, we make it our mission to support individuals and groups doing just that: improving lives […]

How to Make Your Workday More Mindful

Open offices, long meetings, and continuous partial attention across multiple devices can turn the workplace into a site of stress and burnout. Joe Burton, founder of Whil and author of Creating Mindful Leaders: How to Power Down, Power Up, and Power Forward, knows this all too well. Prior to discovering mindfulness, he worked 12-hour days as […]

Finding Strength in Healthy Doses of Solitude

My father died suddenly during the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college. The loss unhinged me. Even though I lived with two roommates and was surrounded by fellow students and teachers, I spent the next three years of college in a fog of depression and isolation. After graduation I joined the Peace […]

Why Your Brain Panics Under Pressure

You spend weeks preparing for a presentation, memorizing important facts and statistics to dazzle your audience and drive your point home. But when the day finally arrives and you’re on the spot, your mind is as blank as a pristine chalkboard. What just happened? As educator Elizabeth Cox explains in this TedEd video, the answer […]

Connect to Your Anger Without Losing Control

Sharon Salzberg, renowned meditation teacher and bestselling author, recently sat down with Barry Boyce, Mindful’s Editor-in-Chief, for a Facebook Live event at the Mindful office to discuss how to transform anger into love. The following is an adaptation of their conversation. Anger is such a prevalent feeling these days, and so many people are struggling with […]

5 Steps to Wind Down and Fall Asleep

As someone who works every day with patients struggling with insomnia, the most common thing I hear is once the head hits the pillow, the brain doesn’t stop. They know sleep should come, but the brain just wants to think about both pressing and mundane things, such as reviewing the day’s events and tasks that […]

A Meditation for Settling Your Busy Mind

Today we are going to practice noticing and working with our busy minds. As we begin this meditation I’m going to share with you the single most important bit of information that I believe will help you as you develop and deepen your meditation practice.  Are you ready? Here it is.  When you settle into […]