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Mindful : April 2014
4 mindful April 2014 your thoughts To learn about future issues and upcoming events, sign up for our email newsletters at mindful.org. To share your feedback on this or other issues, email us with your full name, city, and state or province at mindful@ mindful.org. You can also visit facebook.com/ mindfulorg or tweet us @MindfulOnline. For subscription questions, email subscrip- 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 answered What are some of the ways you consider mindfulness related to money? I posed a “nothing new in November” challenge for myself. Being mindful helped when I saw a desirable object that I might normally “treat” myself with. Janine Hills Warwick, Queensland I find I don’t need much. I pause when I have an impulse to buy something. And often, I just enjoy the feeling of plea- sure in fine craftsmanship or ar tistry without carrying anything home from the store. J.D. Elder New York City, New York Though money is a means of feeding, clothing, and hous- ing, some think it defines our worth. NOT! Diane Baldree Lancaster Virginia Beach, Virginia connect you asked ILLUSTRATIONBYJASONLEE/PHOTOGRAPHBYELIZABETHGRIFFIN you wrote in It was difficult not to cr y while reading, “A Matter of Death and Life” (Februar y 2014). I get chills just thinking about how these lessons will be carried for ward in the lives of the teens who par ticipated in the hos- pice class. Thank you to those wise people and young people who took the chance to connect and foster healing in each other. Heather H. Lospinoso Lebanon Borough, New Jersey “Instead, we befriend ourselves as we are. We learn how to drop in on ourselves, visit, and hang out in awareness.” Beau- tiful words. Jon Kabat-Zinn never ceases to amaze me (“No Blueprint, Just Love,” February 2014). Maryellen Charbonneau McFarland, Wisconsin Wow, I can’t even imagine how much dif- ferent life would have been as a teen trying to navigate the social media sphere! Just as Tristan Gorrindo (“W.A .I .T. a Minute,” December 2013) talks about par t of the problem stemming from parents being hesitant to learn how to use the Internet, I have definitely found it easier to keep an eye on my kids by being online myself. That way, I can watch from the sidelines and not really inter fere. You have to be the safe zone if you want them to feel comfor t- able talking to you. Samantha Studebaker-Carl Columbus, Georgia Great thoughts on mindfulness and Star Wars from Jeremy Adam Smith (“Luke, I’m Your Dad,” December 2013). I have two daughters, and in the last year we have watched a lot of movies from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, as well as Star Wars. The overriding theme in all of these films is that the world is out of bal- ance, and it is up to the hero to restore it. In Star Wars, the destruction of the Death Star does not represent the triumph of good versus evil but instead a restoration of balance between the two. This balance is restored via mindfulness, as you so aptly point out. Michael Galinsky Chapel Hill, North Carolina A: It’s tempting to think that being mindful equates with floating along in a peaceful cloud spreading beams of joy and light wherever you go. Not quite. Humans dis- agree. Humans have a lot of passion. The two of these can and do come together. If you find yourself in the middle of an argu- ment that gets heated, it’s helpful to let the heat heighten your awareness rather than diminish it. Notice what’s going on in your body and mind as momentum builds. Leave gaps. Listen. And resist the temptation to demonize and stray into meanness. If that occurs, note it, let it go, and move on. The aftermath can be quite rewarding. Lots of great things come from heat. Q: Can you have a heated argument and still remain mindful? CHRIS WATSON New York City VOLUME TWO, NUMBER 1, Mindful (ISSN 2169-5733, USPS 010-500) is published bimonthly for $29.95 per year USA, $39.95 Canada & 49.95 (US) international, by The Foundation for a Mindful Society, 1776 I St, NW, #90046, Washington, DC 20006 USA. Periodicals postage paid at Washington, DC, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mindful, PO Box 469018, Escondido, CA 92046. CANADIAN POSTMASTER: Send undeliverable copies to Mindful, 1660 Hollis St, Suite 701, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7 CANADA. Printed in U.S .A . © 2014 Foundation for a Mindful Society. All rights reser ved. Ian Podniesinski, 8, reading the February 2014 issue of Mindful. Can you have an argument and still remain mindful?