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Mindful : December 2013
4 mindful December 2013 your thoughts To learn about future issues, sign up for our email newsletters at mindful.org. To share your feedback on this and other issues, email us with your full name, city, and state or prov- ince at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit facebook.com/mindfulorg or tweet us @MindfulOnline. For subscription ques- tions, 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 answered How does mindfulness affect the way you communicate with your friends, family, and colleagues? Mindful communication has taught me a lot about myself. Once I became more aware and open, others were, too. It’s easier to practice some days than others, but either way, it’s a conscious effort on my par t to be in the moment. I’m more comfortable communi- cating in social gatherings, thanks to this awareness. Samantha Phan Houston, Texas For me it’s about presence and attunement. Instead of rehearsing a response, I can be fully engaged with the speaker in the moment, which makes the experience more vital and real, for myself and others. Robert Oleskevich Santa Monica, California connect you asked ILLUSTRATIONBYJASONLEE you wrote in I love the idea of mindful photography (“Stop, Look...See,” October 2013). From the winter solstice 2011 to the winter solstice 2012, I set out to take at least one picture of my pond and surrounding area ever y day. I did this as a mindfulness prac- tice. I let go as much as possible of precon- ceptions and experienced the pond, the seasons, the weather (and myself) anew in each session, moment by moment. Sarah Johnson Killingworth, Connecticut I picked up a copy of your magazine and read it cover to cover. I especially liked the ar ticle about mindfulness and firefighters (“In the Face of Fire,” August 2013). I think this is a great magazine. It fills a legitimate need and delivers. I find it really impor t- ant to bring my attention to the present moment as much as possible, and your magazine helps me get there! Anthony Aird Kingston, Ontario One of the first sentences in your ar ticle on depression (October 2013) astounded me and I needed to write immediately. Accord- ing to the author interviewed, depression is a nonfatal illness. Has he ever heard of suicide? Depression is a killer and it doesn’t discriminate. My mother had a six-year-old in her class who struggled with chronic depression and committed suicide. My aunt lost her sister. And I lost one of my favorite childhood friends to this disease. I don’t think any of us believes depression is a journey. Your ar ticle trivializes a ver y real and traumatic illness and might prevent some- one else who is suffering from seeking help. Amy M. Piermont, New York From the Editor-in-Chief: Thank you for writing. The Mindful team— and Dr. James Gordon—agree wholeheart- edly: depression must be taken seriously, and help from qualified medical practi- tioners should be sought. Gordon suggests there is a journey through depression, but none of us believes it should be navigated alone. To say that it is “nonfatal” indicates that it doesn’t necessarily result in death, but it could, and sadly it has, many times. Barry Boyce A: Don’t handle it. Boredom is a natural out- grow th of resting mindfully. But it can have another quality beyond the usual restless kind of boredom. It becomes less annoying as you begin to see through its facade. What is boredom, any way? It’s just the thought that something else ought to be happening, that we ought to be somewhere else other than where we are. If you can let go a little bit, not fight the boredom, and just let your- self be where you are, you might find that a natural inquisitiveness lies beneath the sur face of boredom. And it can be satisfied with the simplest of experiences. We want to learn more about our community of readers. If you haven’t already, complete our reader sur vey at survey monkey.com/s/mreader and receive a Mindful gift. You could also enter a draw for great prizes. Q: How do I handle boredom while meditating? COLIN YAMAUCHI Anchorage, Alaska Tell Us Who You Are! VOLUME ONE, NUMBER 5, Mindful (ISSN 2169-5733, USPS 010-500) is published bimonthly for $29.95 per year USA, $39.95 Canada & 49.95(US) international, by The Foundation for a Mindful Society, 1776 I St, NW, #90046, Washington, DC 20006 USA. Periodicals postage paid at Washington, DC, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mindful, PO Box 469018, Escondido, CA 92046. CANADIAN POSTMASTER: Send undeliverable copies to Mindful, 1660 Hollis St, Suite 701, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7 CANADA. Printed in U.S .A . © 2013 Foundation for a Mindful Society. All rights reser ved. Shouldn’t I be somewhere else?