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Mindful : February 2017
february PHOTOGRAPHBYBÉATRICEPELTRE.ILLUSTRATIONSBYGWENDAKACZORANDGETTYIMAGES/COLORMOS. 41 34 On Relationships Are You Hearing Me? Giving someone your full attention in conversation isn’t easy, but it is a skill we can practice and hone. 36 Work-Life Balance When Work Is... Meh How mindfulness can help you deal with on-the-job drudgery. 41 The Mindful FAQ Am I Doing This Right? The latest install- ment in our series of helpful answers to common medi- tator questions. 22 Food Earthly Treasures When Béatrice Peltre cooks with mushrooms, she gives them her full attention. 28 Walk the Talk Meditation in Mexico Eric López Maya has devoted his life to teaching mind- fulness to Latino populations. 30 How to Live a Mindful Life Survival of the Kindest Without compas- sion we wouldn’t survive. Yet it’s not always easy to bring compas- sion into daily life. Learn to strengthen your empathy muscle with these 11 tips and insights. Living Practices 44ATimetoBeSad It’s never fun, but over the course of a lifetime, sadness visits us all. What if instead of resisting, you could welcome it in and listen to what it has to say? Steve Hickman offers his take. 50 The Power of Kindness Power makes the world go ’round. It’s how we get things done. But, Dacher Keltner says, too often we associate it with nastiness and self-centeredness. His research shows that sustained power comes as a result of some surprisingly friendly traits. 62 Your Friendly Neighborhood Meditation Studio Kathryn Hayward takes us into the heart of an emerging trend in medita- tion: sleek, drop-in studios for the busy urban meditator. 70 When Ego Falls Away Our everyday mindset is often so cluttered with nagging self-doubt of the what’s-the-matter-with-me variety. When we can find ways to slip free of it, Judson Brewer explains, we enter a “flow state” where time and judgment don’t matter and joy over takes us. FEATURES Departments 8 Point of View Beyond the Comfort Zone In these divided times, we need mindfulness more than ever, says Barry Boyce. It can help us to build resilience and understand one another. 18 Brain Science Forget Me, Forget Me Not We tend to think of memory as a one-shot deal— we either store experiences in our memory or let them go. New research suggests otherwise: Fresh data can draw out latent memories. 6 The Mindful Survey 10 Top of Mind 16 Mindful-Mindless 78 Bookmark This 84 MindSpace On our cover: Tal Rabinowitz, founder of The DEN Meditation studio. Photograph by Lever Rukhin. Hair/ makeup: Alma Diffie for Tarte Cosmetics. 70 22 4 mindful February 2017 contents