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Mindful : October 2013
4 mindful October 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 email@example.com. You can also visit facebook.com/mindfulorg or tweet us @MindfulOnline. For subscription ques- tions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 wrote in Really enjoyed the June issue of Mindful. I especially related to what Rhonda Magee had to say (“The Mindful Lawyer,” June 2013). I am a law yer practicing mostly in collaborative law and mediation. Just imagine if more lawyers learned to “put themselves in the shoes of another, to listen more thoroughly, with as little judgment as they can manage.” Wow! That right there could change the world. Marcy Jones Lynchburg, Va. MindfulTV is a brilliant project you are embarking on! I don’t think there is a single person in our busy society who would not benefit greatly from practicing mindfulness. Maybe airing a “Mindful Minute” during commercial breaks would boost ratings? Andrea Dasilva Vancouver, B.C. I had a nice visual this morning to share with you: my daughter and son-in-law are visiting with their two-month-old and I walked into the living room to see my granddaughter sitting on her mother’s lap while mom was reading the August issue of Mindful. Grant Couch Boulder, Colo. connect you asked Q: Do you have some advice for how to stay more present in conversation? I get so caught up in the energy of connecting with the other person that I can lose my own sense of presence. It feels uncomfortable when that happens. HELENE HUGHES Evergreen, Colo. ILLUSTRATIONBYJASONLEE,PHOTOGRAPHBYGRANTCOUCH you answered What got you interested in mindfulness? “Yoga. After years of practice, I have found teachers who focus on connecting mind and body and cultivating compassion throughout the practice, in ways that have shifted my life greatly.” Sondra Bloxam Portland, Ore. “I had a heart attack at the age of 50, nine years ago. As a result I was offered the chance to par ticipate in a stress-reduction study using Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work—it was life changing! I have practiced being present in the moment many times since then, maybe not every day but definitely far more often. Being mindful and present in the moment is a true gift—for me, it’s the good that came from the bad.” Linda Fleischer Spar ta, N.J. “I practice mindfulness to ease anxiety and stress, live as fully as possible in the present moment, be a calm and compassionate parent, and be aware of the abun- dance in my life.” Sarah Rudell Beach Plymouth, Minn. “In my work as a sport psy- chologist, I’m interested in helping athletes move beyond peak performance, into peak experience. Mindfulness pro- vides a means of doing that!” Luke Patrick, Portland, Ore. VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4, Mindful (ISSN 2169-5733) is published bimonthly for $29.95/year US, $39.95 CDN Canada, and $49.95 USD International, by The Foundation for a Mindful Society, 1776 I St, NW, #90046, Washington, DC 20006 USA. Application to mail at Periodicals Prices is pending at Washington, DC and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mindful, PO Box 469018, Escondido, CA 92046 USA. CANADIAN POSTMASTER: Send undeliverable copies to Mindful, 1660 Hollis St, Suite 701, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7 CANADA. Printed in USA. © 2013 The Foundation for a Mindful Society. All rights reserved. A: Conversation is one of the fine ar ts of everyday life. And meditation practice can enhance it. In the silence of mindfulness practice, we have a chance to notice with bare attention the simplest of rhythms— the rise and fall of our abdomen as we breathe, our hear tbeat, the blinking of our eyes. We notice the punctuation marks that are a natural par t of life. And that’s the key to remaining present in conversation: leave space for listening and absorbing before you take your turn to speak. Punctu- ating the to and fro of a lively conversation with little bits of space helps us to avoid being over taken by the flood of words, words, words. Hilary Donnelly with daughter Vivienne. To learn more about mindfulTV go to mindful.org/mindfultv