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Mindful : February 2016
8 18 70 46 38 56 contents february PHOTOGRAPHSBYBÉATRICEPELTRE(LEFT)ANDAARONCANIPE(RIGHT). On our cover: Meditation coach George Mumford. Photograph by Erik Jacobs. Wardrobe by Melissa Dunne for Anchor Artists. 30 28 Departments 6 The Mindful Survey Are reading and chess exercise? Is “no pain, no gain” a good motto to live by? Our readers share thoughts on their personal fitness crazes. 8 Our Point of View Is Meditation Self-Help? “Self-help” can easily take us into a spiral of self-defeat. Meditation unravels that entire approach—to our great relief. 10 Top of Mind A whole country goes mindful; Headspace gets new support; Yalies bring meditation to local high schools. Keep up with the latest in mindfulness. 14 Mindful-Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not. 16 Bookmark This Books, recordings, and apps that are capturing our attention. 18 Brain Science Pink Brains, Blue Brains? Are men from Mars and women from Venus? New research pokes holes in that kind of thinking. Sharon Begley reports. 80 MindSpace Nell Lake’s son goes wild over owls, so she asks herself: Are our stories about animals really stories about ourselves? 66 Techniques Life’s Most Thankless Task Revisited Dishwashing, says Shamash Alidina, can be one of the best parts of your day. 67 At Work Compassion Works You’re not likely to see it in any job descriptions, but in Jae Ellard’s view, compassion is one of the most vital skills to bring to work. 68 On Relationships Rewire Your Brain for Love When we’re constantly afraid of not being loved, says Cheryl Fraser, we grasp for security blankets and teddy bears. Is that such a great idea? 70 Insight Is Your Inner Critic in Charge? Family therapist Steve Flowers on how self-compassion can free us from the grip of the mental judge and jury that is running, or even ruining, our lives. 24 How to Live a Mindful Life Be Confident & at Ease Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein offer 11 ways to bring out the confidence that’s waiting to emerge from within. 28 Meet the Meditator Graduating from Anxiety Ph.D. candidate in computer engineering Chris Tralie on how meditation gets him out of school-induced tunnel vision. 30 Food Go Nuts! Crunchy, buttery, nutritious. What’s not to love?, asks chef Béatrice Peltre. Mindful Living Mindful Practices 4 mindful February 2016