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Mindful : December 2014
32 74 contents december PHOTOGRAPHSBYBÉATRICEPELTRE,©SLASNYI/DOLLARPHOTOCLUB,©MAGDALENAKUCOVA/DOLLARPHOTOCLUB 4 mindful December 2014 Departments 68 Techniques Beware the Habit-Forming Brain! How to tame your constant cravings by getting to know your brain better. 70 At Work Rightsizing Blues; Unstable Boss Syndrome Michael Carroll and Janice Marturano answer your workplace questions. 72 Ms. Mindful on Relationships Sex and Meditation are Perfect Bedfollows Although mindful loving requires paying deep attention, the results can be ver y satisfying: Better sex and orgasmic bliss! 74 Insight Don’t Fall into the Self-Esteem Trap: try a little self-kindness Kristen Neff argues that instead of striving for self-esteem, we need to get in touch with ourselves in any given moment. 6 Your Thoughts Readers write, tweet, post. 7 The Mindful Quiz Answers to our reader sur vey on holiday habits. 8 Our Point of View It’s Not McMindfulness Our editor-in-chief on the rapid grow th in workplace mindfulness programs and why that’s a very good thing. 12 Top of Mind Things that spark our minds, touch our hear ts, and make us smile—or sometimes roll our eyes. 14 Mindful-Mindless Some people go above and beyond to be helpful; others, not so much. Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not. 16 Bookmark This Writings, recordings, and apps that are capturing our at tention. 18 Research Roundup Research is trying to keep pace with the explosion of interest in mindfulness. Here are studies from the frontier. 20 Mindful Science Why Music Strikes a Chord Why can just a few notes of a familiar melody make us tingle with elation or t witch with anxiety? Sharon Begley explains music’s power ful sway on the brain. 84 MindSpace Artist Maira Kalman’s anguish during her annus horribilis. On our cover: Current Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll. Photograph by Mike McGregor/Contour/Getty Images. 26 How to Live a Mindful Life Your Guide to Enjoying the Holidays Here are 11 ways to take time for what really mat ters and be more mindful this holiday season. 30 Body The Reluctant Yogi Yoga practitioner Sean Hoess reveals why, although he struggles and sweats through the poses, he keeps coming back for more. 32 Food Baking with Love and Cranberries Resident foodie and mindful eating advocate, Béatrice Peltre loves the tar t flavor of the cranberry and says it’s a perfect ingredient for holiday baking. Mindful Living Mindful Practices