You Have the Power to Mindfully Respond Rather than React

You Have the Power to Mindfully Respond Rather than React

The ability to mindfully choose your response to a situation rather than mindlessly reacting goes a long way to smoothing out the rough edges of your experiences. It can make you more patient and more empathetic. It can help you to stay calm and centered. It can help you to understand and to honor your emotions without allowing them to dictate your actions.

How to Make Snap Judgments More Mindfully

How to Make Snap Judgments More Mindfully

Snap judgments can be surprisingly accurate. Practicing mindfulness can create more awareness of when we're making them, to help us avoid acting purely on bias or assumption.

Seeing With New Eyes

Seeing With New Eyes

Yoga teaches us the importance of staying clear-eyed and keenly observant. Without these "new eyes," you could miss all the tiny changes that make life wonderful.

5 Gratitude Practices That Can Make You a Happier Person

5 Gratitude Practices That Can Make You a Happier Person

With time and practice, regularly searching our experiences for moments that make us smile can create a happier life. Taking a moment several times a day to reflect on such moments can leave us feeling profoundly grateful – some would even say blessed. Mindfulness like this (no matter the method you choose to treasure it) can dramatically shift our experience of our lives – leaving us feeling hopeful and intentional as we look forward to tomorrow.

Your Mind is not the Boss of You

Your Mind is not the Boss of You. You are the Boss of your Mind.

Yoga gives us a taste of what living feels like when we bring our focus back (over and over and over again) to what we’re actually experiencing. When we practice yoga with this level of mindfulness, we’re actually learning to stay engaged with our experiences moment to moment. It’s not that our minds stop thinking thoughts. It’s that we’re learning to resist the tempting lure of these thoughts.

Hope for Anxiety

Hope for Anxiety

After months of relentless anxiety, I discovered that when I stay engaged with each moment I do not feel anxious at all. Instead I feel like me. A mindfulness practice such as yoga can help you develop the skills to dig deep and resist circumstances that seem designed to distract you from your current experience. While I can't promise that practice will make you perfect, I can guarantee that practice such as this will make you better at staying fully engaged (and less anxious!) in the moments of your life.