6 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating

Eating as mindfully as we do on retreat or in a mindfulness course is not realistic for many of us, especially with families, jobs, and the myriad distractions around us. This is not to mention that our friends, family and colleagues might not have the patience to eat with us as we take five minutes […]

“No” Is A Complete Sentence

Saying “no” is all about creating personal boundaries that allow you to focus your time doing the things that will make the most impact. Here are 3 ways to create say “no” so you can choose how you spend your time. Let’s start by agreeing on this premise: If we don’t know how to say […]

Mindfulness, Compassion, and Inclusivity Summit

Dowloads: 1) The Summit Welcome PacketDownload 2) The Inspirational JournalDownload 3) Summit Agenda Download Live Stream: Day 1 – The Science of Mindfulness and CompassionDay 2 – A Day of Mindfulness and Compassion Practice WorkshopDay 3 – Individual and Collective Transformation You may send live questions to questions@1440.org during and after the summit. We will […]

Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention

There’s no shortage of mindfulness and meditation apps these days, promising to help you combat anxiety, sleep better, hone your focus, and more. We scoured the app stores to find the most comprehensive and easy-to-use mindfulness apps that are available for free. The majority of mindfulness apps include free offerings and starter packs alongside premium […]

Defuse Anxiety By Asking Yourself This One Simple Question

Anxiety is the great unifier these days. It seems everyone is suffering from it. What if gaining perspective on your anxiety was as simple as asking yourself one simple question? What if gaining perspective on your anxiety was as simple as asking yourself one simple question? That’s the idea behind author Byron Katie’s process to […]

Four Ways People of Color Can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing

The strong, Black woman. The Asian “model minority.” “¡No soy loco!” These tropes, expressions, and labels are often used to demonstrate (and even celebrate) the “resiliency” of people of color. But it’s a trap. These stereotypes may seem empowering, but beneath the surface, they are damaging. By denying our humanity, we downplay the mental-health effects […]

How Mindfulness Works to Break Bad Habits

If there’s a patch of open lawn at a corner, children will cut through, and grass soon becomes hardened ground. Ancient people created paths walking from one place to another; horses and oxen widened them; and today they’re paved roads. When we want to go someplace, we choicelessly take these well-trodden paths. It’s the same […]

The Five Rules for Self-Care in Politically Charged Times

Repeat after me: A better world starts with the best version of me.   Sounds a little self-centered, doesn’t it? Well, I want you to embrace that feeling for a moment. Let it settle into your body and make itself comfortable. Because I’m here to help you understand how focusing on your own health and […]

A Practice for Cultivating Moment-to-Moment Gratitude

The practice of mindfulness involves paying attention, and noticing whatever arises in your field of awareness, moment to moment. It can be helpful to steady your mind and body, so that you’re able to attend to and sustain your attention on whatever arises, which at times can be unpleasant and can pull you away from […]

Try a Self-Compassion Break

A sense of interconnectedness is central to self-compassion. It’s recognizing that all humans are flawed works-in-progress, that everyone fails, makes mistakes, and experiences hardship in life. Self-compassion honors the unavoidable fact that life entails suffering, for everyone, without exception. While this may seem obvious, it’s so easy to forget. We fall into the trap of […]

How Empathy Changes the Way We Process Music

Music seems to be a social glue. Think of how love songs enhance our romantic feelings, how marching bands intensify our affinity for the home team, or how huge rock concerts make us feel one with a crowd of thousands. Music has some special power to increase our sense of connection and help us affiliate […]

What Makes Someone a Narcissist?

With the abundance of selfies, personal blogs and social media “influencers,” it can be tempting to label many different people in our lives as narcissists. But are they really? In this video from TED-Ed, author and professor of psychology W. Keith Campbell explains narcissism is more than just a combination of vanity and selfishness found […]

How to Find Your Purpose

What drove Malala Yousafzai to find the strength to launch a campaign for the rights of girls and women in Pakistan? What leads someone to start a community garden in the middle of an urban food desert? From very public leaders to people in your daily life working to make things better for their families, […]

How to Discover Where Your Happiness Lives

Who doesn’t want to be happier in their life? But what is happiness? It’s different for everyone and the challenge is finding what it means for us. Kurt Vonnegut says it so well: “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this […]

How to Make Meditation a Daily Habit

Awareness of your breath can serve as a steady basis for awareness in all you do. Explore this six-step practice to make mindfulness part of your daily routine: First, select a suitable place for your regular meditation. It can be wherever you can sit easily with minimal disturbance: a corner of your bedroom or any […]