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Mindful : June 2018
80 18 How To One Mindful Act Got a minute? That’s enough time to gener- ate meaningful action every day of the week. 20 Mindful Eating Long, Lithe, and Lovely As the star of the early summer season, asparagus deserves its moment in the spotlight. 22 Mindful MD Prescribing Awareness We often seek com- for t in ignorance. But by downplaying or ignoring health issues, we can inflict fur ther harm on ourselves and others. 26 Inner Wisdom The Happiness Debate Scientists are weighing what it really means to be happy—and their findings aren’t so straightforward. 30 FAQ Am I Doing This Right? The latest installment in our series of helpful answers to common meditator questions. Mindful Living 36 Finding Beauty Inside From the outside, former model Alison Canavan’s life looked picture- perfect. But her glamorous exterior masked a lifelong struggle with depression. 42 The Magnificent, Wild, Mysterious, Connected and Interconnected Brain A lot of mindfulness literature makes the brain sound like a very simple machine. Barry Boyce talks with two leading neuroscientists about better ways to think and talk about the brain and the mind. 56 Have a Seat Taking the time to discover the most suitable cushion, bench, or chair for your body will pay off in years of less painful meditation sessions. 62 Look on the Bright Side...? Optimism can seem like a dead end, or even a harmful delusion. But it’s not about slapping a filter over bleak reality; it’s about allowing yourself to see life’s full range of colors. FEATURES Departments 4 Point of View Don’t Be So Sure Barry Boyce on the impor tance of ques- tioning everything we think we know. 32 Brain Science The Quest to Live Forever Some scientists are working on making the last stages of life a little healthier, others are trying to extend life, and still others are hoping to make death obsolete. 6 The Mindful Survey 10 Top of Mind 15 Mindful-Mindless 74 Bookmark This 80 MindSpace june CONTENTS ILLUSTRATIONSBYASIAPIETRZYK,EDMONDEHARO,ANDMISSYCHIMOVITZ 32 18 2 mindful June 2018