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Mindful : October 2016
contents october PHOTOGRAPHBYBÉATRICEPELTRE.ILLUSTRATIONBYGWENDAKACZOR. On our cover: JusTme, hip-hop artist and mindfulness instructor. Photograph by McNair Evans. 32 44 Departments 6 The Mindful Survey What do NASCAR, data entry, and watching chickens have in common? Find out in our latest reader survey. 10 Point of View Your Wild, Wonderful Brain Although there’s lots of scientific information floating around about our brains, Barry Boyce explains, there’s still so much we don’t really understand. 12 Top of Mind Meditation meets virtual reality, psychedelic drugs, and the Star Wars universe; death gets a makeover. Keep up with the latest in mindfulness. 16 Mindful-Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not. 18 Bookmark This Books, recordings, and apps that are capturing our attention. 20 Brain Science Beware Your Biased Brain Our brain’s tendency to make split- second assessments can lead to disastrous outcomes. Sharon Begley reports. 84 MindSpace Kira Medish discovers a world of possibility in an acorn. 38 On Relationships The Freedom of Letting Go When Elaine Smookler got conned by an internet scammer, she uncovered a deeper pattern that’s been holding her back. 40 Work-Life Balance How to Prevent Office Burnout Jae Ellard lays out 4 actions you can take to stay calm and healthy at work, no matter what you do for a living. 42 Step-by-Step 5 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump Does your energy take a turn for the worse in the afternoon? Here are 5 ways to bounce back. 44 Am I Doing This Right? Meditate or Coffee Date? The latest installment in our ongoing series of helpful answers to common meditator questions. 26 Food Green and Simple Béatrice Peltre puts her twist on classic European dishes featuring green beans. 32 Walking the Talk Can Compassion Save the Planet? Karen Armstrong, founder of the Charter for Compassion, on what we need to do to make a better world. 34 How to Live a Mindful Life Train Your Mind to Ease Your Pain Pain is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to rule you. Reshape your relationship with pain with these strategies from Ta r a Healey and Jonathan Roberts. Mindful Living Mindful Practices 20 57 44 42 34 72 4 mindful October 2016