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Mindful : October 2013
8 mindful October 2013 Elaine Smookler Elaine Smookler—actor, comedian, play- wright, and mindfulness teacher—loves to laugh and make people laugh, and that didn’t change when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. “I had uter- ine cancer. But it’s just in my nature to find the funny side of things,” she says. Check out her essay, “The Best Medicine,” on page 60. Maureen O’Hagan As a Pulitzer Prize-winning Seattle Times reporter, Maureen O’Hagan has covered her share of the law-enforcement beat. So when she says her cover stor y (page 42) is about something groundbreaking, she knows what she’s talking about. “They’re attracting officers to an eight-week mind- fulness class,” she says. “These people need to be tough in their jobs. Getting them to meditate, it’s quite a feat.” Jesse Jacobs “In our day-to-day life, we’ve stripped away almost all ritual,” says Jesse Jacobs, the owner of Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco. “ We stare at screens and drink coffee, but I don’t think that’s making people happier.” In his tea practice on page 66, Jacobs explains how paying attention to something as simple as boiling water and brewing leaves offers lessons you can apply to all of life. Terry Bell Terr y Bell doesn’t exclusively use an iPhone for his photography, but he pre- fers it. And its simplicity is a huge par t of its appeal. “The most impor tant par t of photography is the seeing,” says the ad-man-turned-photographer. “If I’m distracted by the technical stuff, it just gets in the way of the seeing.” Take a look at his images and get some advice on finding more joy in snapping photos in “Stop, Look... See” on page 34. Jeffrey Brantley “Anger is a temporar y condition—it’s not a permanent identity,” says Jeffrey Brantley, M.D., who is also the director of the Mind- fulness-Based Stress Reduction program at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. His forthcoming book, Calming Your Angry Mind, explores how mindfulness can help us deal with anger, scorn, and resentment—something Brant- ley writes about in this issue on page 70. Gavin Potenza “The idea of being mindful is an abstract thing,” says Gavin Potenza, who brings his background in graphic design to bear on his illustrations in the Now section. “It’s always fun to interpret how that might look. And though I’m trying to simplify as much as possible, I’m also trying to bring out the pleasant, decorative, and concep- tual qualities. I like to play around.” See his work on pages 13 through 16. contributors Illustrations by Jessica McCar thy and Gavin Potenza (self-por trait)