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Mindful : April 2014
2 mindful April 2014 contents PHOTOGRAPHSBYLEVERRUKHIN(TOP)ANDBÉATRICEPELTRE(OPPOSITEPAGE).ILLUSTRATIONSBYLUKEBEST(BOTTOM)ANDMALINROSENQVIST(OPPOSITEPAGE). 34 Features 34 The Captain Steers the Ship What children need, says parenting exper t Susan Stiffelman, is the security of knowing that someone capable and loving is nearby to help them pilot their way through life. And the difference that can make—even when it comes to the little things—will amaze you. Sidebar: A handy guide to figuring out who’s in charge in your household. p. 38 51 42 How to Meditate: Start Here Lots of us think about trying mindfulness meditation, but it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ll show you how to star t, feel bet ter, reduce your stress, and enjoy your life a little more. Q&A: Sandra Oh: The Joy of Being Mindful. p. 51 52 A Kinder, Gentler World Is compassion something we only have so much of? Or can we be trained to love more people more of the time? Jennifer Campbell repor ts. Sidebars: Sociologist Christine Car ter shares her kindness rules; Google’s Chade-Meng Tan offers a 10-minute exercise to help shift perspective. pp . 57, 58 60 Finding My Way When all of our lives are so similar and yet so different, where can we look for guidance? As Jessica Morey has learned—and what she now teaches to teenagers—the best guidance is discovered in ourselves. First installment of our new Getting Started series “Mindfulness meditation gives us a time to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind.” From “What is Mindfulness?” p. 44