Mindfulness

Our full selection of articles exploring mindfulness.

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What is Mindfulness?

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully focusing on the present moment nonjudgmentally. It is closely associated with meditation, but mindfulness goes broader, including practices like gratitude that don’t fall under the umbrella of meditation. Mindfulness is a huge topic, and it’s hard to know where to start, or even nail down exactly…

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11 Flow Triggers for Complete Focus

There are a few things you can do to help induce a state of flow, starting with finding an activity that you enjoy (but that also challenges you). Then, practice it enough to become experienced at it. In this article, we’ll explore how to achieve a state of flow, and look at 11 flow triggers…

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How to Stop Multitasking and Start Monotasking (A Short Guide)

Monotasking—focusing on one thing at a time—is a way to apply mindfulness to your work life, increase your productivity, and improve your odds at ending up in a state of flow. If you find yourself jumping from task to task while working, you’re not alone. In a world full of distractions, multitasking is a common…

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Flow vs Mindfulness (How to Improve Focus by Using Both)

The main difference between mindfulness and flow is that mindfulness requires that you maintain awareness, while flow requires you to become immersed in an activity. Flow is a state of mind reached when you’re entirely immersed in an activity, to the point where you may lose track of time and forget yourself. Mindfulness, in contrast,…

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Is Mindfulness A Religion?

Mindfulness isn’t a religion. Rather, mindfulness is a secular toolkit that can help reduce stress and improve well-being. However, there is a tangled ancient and modern relationship between religion, spirituality, and mindfulness. Let’s clear up any doubt: mindfulness is not a religion. And, at least as practiced in scientific studies, it’s not even necessarily spiritual….

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3 Mindfulness Tips for Beginners (Read This Before Starting)

There are plenty of mindfulness tips for beginners, but the most important is this—what works for each person is different. Your job is to become an expert on your own mind. Learn how the tools of mindfulness interact with your own mental landscape. That can feel less intimidating than aiming to become an expert on…

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9 Simple Examples of Mindfulness In Daily Life

Wondering how to experience mindfulness? Examples of mindfulness in everyday life are everywhere. Mindfulness isn’t just about meditation. From mindful eating to cuddling with your dog to mindful walking, mindfulness is more about how you show up in the present moment than any specific activity. Most of us want to be more mindful, but common…