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Mindful : June 2013
8 mindful June 2013 I’m Mindful’s editor. But I’m also exactly the kind of reader we’re trying to reach with this magazine. I eagerly joined the team here after a string of demanding positions in publishing and my second stint living overseas. Life was run- ning at quite a pace. Along the way I always wondered if there was a better way of doing things. I wanted to believe that life didn’t have to be shot through with relentless speed and stress, with me at high risk of missing all the good par ts—and really, isn’t missing any par t of our lives something to be avoided? What I found through my own explorations was that any time I could get myself into the moment—really focused on whatever was right in front of me: work, play, loved ones—the better life got. Then came an opening at Mindful, a bimonthly magazine (we’re still very new; you’re reading our second issue) that is dedicated to exploring just that approach to all aspects of our lives: how to be present with whatever is arising in the moment. And the good news is—for me, any way, and I think the rest of our staff agrees—we don’t just write about this stuff at Mindful. We try to live it. our thoughts How ? Well, for one, our team meditates together before our weekly production meetings. I’m not going to lie— I found this strange at first. Do we really have time for this? I wondered. We have a press deadline to meet. But then I star ted noticing how different the meetings went when we did meditate, compared to when we didn’t. After even a few minutes of silence ever yone seems so much calmer, so much more there. I know I am. Now I find that after some silence, the grocer y list of things I need to cover during those meetings slips into the background and the people come to the forefront. The great thing is, I still get around to covering ever ything that’s pressing, but in the process we really connect as a team. This is just one snapshot of how mindfulness—even five minutes of it—can alter things. It’s an example from my work environment, but I’m finding it applies well beyond Mindful’s office walls. That doesn’t mean I sit quietly with other groups of people in my life, but I’m car v- ing that time out for myself a lot more often. And so far I’m really liking the results. —Tracy Picha firstname.lastname@example.org Take Five PHOTOGRAPHBYMEGUMIYOSHIDA