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Mindful : June 2013
4 mindful June 2013 ILLUSTRATIONBYJASONLEE your thoughts you asked A lot of people say mountain biking or running to their favorite soundtrack, or some form of active movement, is their way of meditating. Do these alternative ways of meditation provide the same benefits as sitting meditation? Are they considered meditation by those who teach it from a more traditional perspective? JENNIFER Rhinebeck, New York To learn about future issues, sign up for our email newsletters at mindful.org. To share your feedback on this issue, email us with your full name, city, and state or province at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit facebook.com/mindfulorg or tweet us @MindfulOnline. For subscription questions, email email@example.com. Letters chosen for publication may be edited for length and clarity. All submissions and manuscripts become the property of The Foundation for a Mindful Society. you wrote in I’m so glad to have picked up your magazine. I’ve already had financial success, but what I’m after now is the other side of that: joy, peace, being mindful, and to look for the goodness in people rather than the bad. I realize that giving of myself has much more value than a dollar bill. I will be signing up for a subscription. Jeff Oko Deerfield, Illinois you answered “A daily practice of noticing my interactions and experiences, pausing and making space, then responding. Mindfulness helps me remember to take responsibility. It can be applied to ever y activity, behavior, and circumstance.” Lynette Staggers Fairhope, Alabama “When my mind is on nothing else other than the current moment—like when I’m baking with my children. It’s beautiful.” Christina Hunter Gravenhurst, Ontario “Being aware of your physical and emo- tional presence, recognizing your own and others’ feelings, not being judgmental.” Viraja Maganti Maharashtra, India “In the beginning I was looking for a way to deal with stress at work and find better balance. Now it is giving me a softer, more forgiving way to treat myself. My whole life I was ‘grabbing’ for love, and now I can see how it comes to me from ever y where.” Cornelia Gloger Munich, Germany “Slowing down and staying present to the moment. The more I practice it, the better I feel.” Joan Conroy Saco, Maine QWhat does being mindful mean to you? VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2, Mindful (ISSN 2169-5733) is published bimonthly for $29.95/year US, $39.95 CDN Canada, and $49.95 USD International, by The Foundation for a Mindful Society, 1776 I St, NW, #90046, Washington, DC 20006 USA. Application to mail at Periodicals Postage Prices is pending at Washington, DC. Postage paid at Washington DC and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mindful, PO Box 469018, Escondido, CA 92046 USA. CANADIAN POSTMASTER: Send undeliverable copies to Mindful, 1660 Hollis St, Suite 701, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7 CANADA. Printed in USA. © 2013 The Foundation for a Mindful Society. All rights reser ved. Vigorous physical activity clearly brings benefits. Doing it with greater mindfulness not only enhances the activity itself— running, biking, skiing—but also can help sharpen our awareness and decrease our panic response any time we’re in the heat of the moment. Sitting meditation, though, is the best foundation for ex tending mindfulness and awareness into other areas of our life. It’s the place where we can take the time to settle, become familiar with the texture of our mind, and learn to absorb our fears with equanimity and let go of our fixations. Then what develops during sitting meditation naturally spills over into the rest of our life—including mindful movement. Correction: Page 10 of the April issue should have said that Calmer Choice is collaborating with Tufts University Department of Occupational Therapy in Medford, Massachusetts. Is running just as good? An inside peek at a course designed to prepare people for the biggest transition of their lives: becoming new parents. Need to brush up on your listening skills? One Grammy- winning musician tells us how. Where is technology taking us? We ask top brass in Silicon Valley to find out. Tara Healey shares tips and techniques for making mindfulness work at work. connect Coming in the next issue of Mindful