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Mindful : December 2017
december PHOTOGRAPHBYMARIAMANCO/STOCKSY.ILLUSTRATIONSBYSUSANHAEJINLEEANDEDMONDEHARO. 36 Inner Wisdom Easy Come, Easy Go Changes often hur t when they first emerge, but resisting them goes against the way the world works. 38 Work–Life Balance The Soft Skill Set Honing the skills that help you get along with others might be the best career move you can make. 40 The Mindful FAQ Am I Doing This Right? The latest installment in our series of helpful answers to common meditator questions. 26 Mindful Eating A Flavor Explosion Appreciating the rich, creamy perfection of roasted garlic. 28 Mindful MD Can You Believe It? In piecing together a coherent world, it’s easy to succumb to fear and reach sketchy conclusions. Science and meditation can counteract that. 30 Walk the Talk Peace Inside the Gate Corrections officer Matthew Zeller on how meditation saved his career, his mar- riage, and his family. 32 How to Live a Mindful Life Holiday Fear or Holiday Cheer? If you’re dreading the holidays, here are 5 mindful strategies to help you through. Living Practices 44 A User’s Guide to a Journey Called Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation is not a one-time thing. You do it again and again. As you keep doing it, a variety of challenges emerge. Here’s some advice for traveling the path of meditation. 52 Meditators Under the Microscope The benefits of meditation have been hard to show in concrete terms. Today, however, as the scientific world delves into the study of mindfulness, the brain’s capacity to transform under its influence inspires nothing short of wonder. 64 Common Ground Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and former Goldman Sachs investment banker, talks meditation, big business, and environmentalism—and how the three fit together. 72 Keep On Moving We don’t have to like everything life throws our way. If we can learn to truly accept—not ignore or resist—the hard stuff, it might not feel so hard. FEATURES Departments 6 Point of View A Healthy, Growing Baby Barry Boyce on the path forward for effective mindfulness research. 20 Brain Science Are We Becoming Smart Fools? IQ points keep rising with each generation, but are the tests leaving out emotional intelligence, creativity, and wisdom—the very traits we need to solve our most pressing problems? 8 The Mindful Survey 12 Top of Mind 18 Mindful-Mindless 80 Bookmark This 88 MindSpace 20 CONTENTS 40 12 4 mindful December 2017