Mindfulness

Our full selection of articles exploring mindfulness.

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9 Mindful Cooking Tips (to Become a Stress-Free Chef)

Mindful cooking, also known as cooking meditation, is the art of cooking with patience, curiosity, and nonjudgment, while paying attention to smells and flavors. When you’re cooking mindfully, you treat cooking as if it were a meditation by approaching each action with intention, rather than rushing through it.  I’ll be honest – cooking is often…

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Mindful Minimalism (How to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle)

Mindful minimalism is the art of striking a balance between buying less and not obsessing over buying less. It means owning fewer things, while at the same time, not becoming overly attached to the mission or identity of being “minimalist.”  I’ll explain. For a good three or four years during the mid 2010’s, my dream…

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How to Get In Touch with Your Emotions (10 Ways)

If you’re struggling with how to get in touch with your emotions, the best way is to pay attention to what’s happening in your mind and body, to recognize common emotional triggers, and to challenge yourself to identify underlying emotions by going one level deeper. When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of…

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The 10 Principles of Mindful Marketing

Mindful marketing is about your audience, not about you. It’s about education, relationships, values, awareness, human-to-human interactions, helping first, and asking for permission instead of spamming. The best way to explain mindful marketing is simple: Default to helping people first. Some companies operate based on what THEY need. The focus is on 100 cold calls…

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Mindful Shopping: How to Save Money and Help the Environment

Mindful shopping means keeping your values and personal goals in mind when you buy things. It’s a way to consider the impact an item has on your life, on the environment, and on others. The days of the mindless consumer economy are over. In the 1980s, the movie Wall Street said “greed is good.” In…

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Printable Mindfulness Journal Template (Get Started FAST)

A mindfulness journal template is one way to get started with mindfulness journaling quickly. Mindfulness can have profound effects on your life, but its effects aren’t immediate. That means that keeping your practice going will be one of your biggest challenges. For many people, a mindfulness journal can help. If you’ve ever felt like you’re…

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Christian Mindfulness: An Introduction

Christian mindfulness embraces living in the present moment, contemplative prayer, silent reflection, meditating on Biblical passages, avoiding worry about the future, and noticing and letting go of negative thoughts. Let’s start here: mindfulness itself isn’t religious. That means Christians can practice mindfulness separately from their religious activities, just as they would with exercise or therapy….

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61 Mindfulness Journal Prompts for Students

Mindfulness journal prompts, together with a mindfulness journal, are tools to help students understand how they’re feeling. Teachers often use mindfulness journal prompts for students as a framework to give students another way to understand themselves, and to get in touch with their emotions. It’s hard to know how you’re feeling sometimes. Journaling is an excellent tool…

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59 Mindfulness Journal Prompts

Mindfulness journaling is about reflecting on your mindfulness journey, helping you use writing as a way to grow your awareness. When you sit down to journal, the blank page can be intimidating. That’s where mindfulness journal prompts can come in handy. Typical journals are about daily events, and whatever else comes to mind. Mindfulness journaling…

Girl smiling because she's shifted from a scarcity mindset to an abundant mindset

15 Abundance Mindset Exercises (To Release Scarcity)

Shifting your mindset from scarcity to abundance starts with adding abundance mindset exercises into your life: exercises like awareness, gratitude journaling, visioning, self-compassion, and generosity.  Abundance is a beautiful outlook to take as you look at the world.  Instead of seeing too little, with abundance, you see enough. Instead of seeing limitations, you see possibilities….

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Scarcity vs Abundance Mindset (How to Cultivate Abundance)

The main difference between a scarcity mindset vs abundance mindset is that scarcity causes you to hold onto what you have, focus your attention on costs, and think small. Abundance is about thinking big, focusing on opportunities, taking risks, and betting on yourself. When I was a kid, there’s one thing I always remember from my…

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How to Stop Biting Your Nails with Mindfulness

Biting your nails is a habit that’s common in childhood, but many people kick it by adulthood.  Not me. I’ve been an on-again, off-again nail-biter for most of my adult life. I’ve tried the normal approaches, like putting foul-tasting nail polish on my fingernails. So far, everything’s worked for a little while, until it stopped…

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101 Reasons to Be Grateful

There are all kinds of things to be grateful for: Relationships, nature, laughter, and more. Here’s a list of 101 reasons to be grateful, to add a spark of inspiration to your gratitude practice. If you’ve ever tried gratitude journaling or following the common mindfulness practice of thinking of 3-5 things you’re grateful for each…

Woman sitting in the couch while manifestation journaling

5 Scripting Manifestation Examples (Printables + Step-by-Step Guide)

Scripting manifestation takes the principles of manifestation and encourages you to take action using pen and paper. It’s essentially a form of manifestation journaling. Often, scripting manifestation prompts can aid the process. If you’re hoping for a new job, for example, or hoping to find love, you’d write in your journal as if you were writing…

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A Mindfulness Manifestation Guide

This Manifestation Guide is aimed at people familiar with mindfulness, who are just becoming familiar with manifestation. Manifestation is a tool to express your vision and goals. At its core, a mindfulness manifestation approach is about defining your goals, imagining a detailed vision where you’ve already achieved them, taking action to work towards your goals,…

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5 Self Compassion Exercises (to Release Self-Judgment)

With self compassion exercises, we can begin to rewire the conditioning that leads us to judge ourselves rather than show compassion. Our focus on judgment over compassion is driven by natural selection, society, religion, and sometimes our parents and friends. Imagine a mistake or failure you experienced as a kid. I’ve got one. During an…

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What Is Mindful Awareness?

What is mindful awareness? It’s the art of paying attention to the present moment nonjudgmentally. You know that feeling when you’re in the middle of doing something, and then you realize you weren’t actually paying attention? That’s awareness. Applying nonjudgment to awareness turns it into mindful awareness. Observing myself, I notice a lack of awareness…

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51 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh was a Buddhist monk, teacher, and writer who taught extensively on the subject of mindfulness. When he passed away in 2022, he was rightfully celebrated as one of the most influential promoters of mindfulness in the world. Through his books and teachings, he reached millions of people with a message of compassion…

Top 10 Mindfulness Blogs

The Top 10 Mindfulness Blogs

Looking for the best mindfulness blogs on the Internet? Top ten lists are a dime a dozen, so I decided to populate this one with mindfulness blogs that I—personally—regularly read and enjoy. Zen Habits and Raptitude, for example, are some of my favorite sites on the Internet and I’ve read them for years. I’ve also…

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Vipassana vs Mindfulness Meditation

The main difference between Vipassana vs mindfulness is that Vipassana is spiritual, and mindfulness is secular. Mindfulness involves paying close attention to what’s happening in the moment, while Vipassana has a spiritual component that’s focused on observing the true nature of reality. Before I ever knew much about the concept of mindfulness, I went on…