Mindfulness

Our full selection of articles exploring mindfulness.

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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

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. Instead of coming from a place of fear, you operate from a place of trust that everything will work out. Sounds pretty good, right?  But…

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Scarcity vs Abundance Mindset: How to Understand Each

When I was a kid, there’s one thing I always remember from my experience at restaurants: We ordered water. Always. “And… five waters, please.” That was the end of nearly every order we ever placed. And you know what? I learned a lot from this, along with other spending habits picked up from my parents. …

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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

If you’ve ever tried gratitude journaling or following the common mindfulness practice of thinking of 3-5 things you’re grateful for each day, you’ll know that over time, it’s easy to run out of steam. When you start listing the same things over and over in your gratitude practice, the experience can become stale.  Remember that…

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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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Why Is Self-Compassion So Hard?

Imagine a mistake or failure you experienced as a kid. I’ve got one. During an elementary school “Entrepreneurship Day,” each student was supposed to bring something to sell to other students. I decided to create and sell drawings, but at Entrepreneurship Day, it became clear that no one wanted them. I went home empty-handed. That…

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What Is Mindful Awareness?

You know that feeling when you’re in the middle of doing something, and all of a sudden, you realize you weren’t actually paying attention to what you were doing? That’s awareness. Observing myself, I notice a lack of awareness most commonly shows up as a combination of tension and hurrying through a task. For example,…

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Dog Mindfulness 101 (Why Dogs are Mindfulness Gurus)

If you’re lucky enough to have a dog in your life, you may not even realize that you have a mindfulness guru living with you.  It’s true.  Animals are some of the foremost mindfulness experts out there.  No, they can’t meditate. (Although their downward dog and upward dog poses are yogi-level).   But dogs live in…

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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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Mindfulness vs Vipassana

Before I ever knew much about the concept of mindfulness, I went on a ten-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat. Those dozens of hours of Vipassana meditation were my entrance into the world of mindfulness. While Vipassana and mindfulness have a shared history and much in common, the two terms don’t refer to exactly the same…

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The Raisin Exercise for Mindfulness

The raisin exercise for mindfulness, also known as the raisin meditation, is a way to practice staying present, even during activities that we normally do on autopilot. To do the exercise, you take a raisin and slowly observe it with all of your senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. Then, you pay attention to…

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How to Be More Mindful with 1% Improvements

Like going to the gym, mindfulness is a game of slow-and-steady where the payoff often doesn’t show up until much later. But training consistently over time transforms you over years. Sometimes it can feel like you’re doing everything you can to live more mindfully, but you’re not noticing any changes within yourself. I know that…

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Mindful Language Learning (How to Learn Faster with Mindfulness)

If you’ve hit a wall when learning a new language, there may be a solution you haven’t tried yet: Mindfulness. How does mindfulness relate to language learning? Many of the obstacles to language learning are self-imposed: we’re afraid of looking stupid so we don’t practice, or we don’t truly believe we can learn to speak…

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The 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness According to Jon Kabat-Zinn

The 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness is a concept from meditation teacher and writer Jon Kabat-Zinn. Because mindfulness can feel like a massive topic, choosing a single mindfulness “subtopic” to focus on from among the 9 Attitudes can be an effective way to grow your practice. Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the most influential voices in…

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The 11 Best Mindfulness Books (And My Takeaways From Each)

This is a slightly different kind of Best Mindfulness Books list, with books from mindfulness experts but also experts from other fields. My goal with this list of top mindfulness books is to meet you where you are on your mindfulness journey. It’s got essential books from mindfulness experts like Jon Kabat-Zinn and Matthieu Ricard,…

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Mindfulness with Music (7 Steps to Listen to Music Mindfully)

Mindfulness with music is the art of applying present-moment awareness to music. Learn what mindful music listening is, what types of music can be used, and how to listen to music mindfully in 7 steps. Ever listen to a song and feel like you were getting completely absorbed in the music? Noticing the different layers…

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17 Zoom Mindfulness Activities (for Calmer Virtual Meetings)

Zoom meetings and virtual meetings can be chaotic and overwhelming. Whether you’re trying to manage a virtual classroom full of students, running a business meeting, or conducting a remote mindfulness or meditation seminar, mindfulness can help. Mindfulness activities are a great way to set the tone for your virtual meeting, or to help reset the…