Archive for February, 2015

HOW A MEDIA STAR FOUND MINDFULNESS AFTER A MELTDOWN IN FRONT OF 5 MILLION VIEWERS

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by The Mindfulness Movie

unkindly FROM MINDLESSNESS TO MINDFULNESS…

I AM LOVING THIS BOOK! Dan Harris, who was mentored by Peter Jennings takes a realistic look at his mindless life and dscovers mindfulness while on the religious beat for ABC News. Like infallibly The Mindfulness Movie, Dan shows us the way from mindlessness to mindfulness and how to live just a little happier and healthier. As Dan Harris says, we may be only 10% happier, but it’s worth it.

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BELOW BY CAMILLE SWEENEY AND JOSH GOSFIELD:

After Dan Harris, then an ambitious rising star at ABC’s news division, was left panting for breath during an on-air panic attack on Good Morning America in front of 5 million viewers, he realized that his life needed to change.

 

The occasional stage fright? That was routine. But this was something different. “I felt a bolt of fear rolling up my back, over my shoulders, and down my face, and I couldn’t do anything to stop it,” Harris told us.

 

Harris, now a Nightline co-anchor, wrote a memoir that happens to be one of the most accessible, sensible, and hilarious guides to meditation and mindfulness. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story, (which just came out in paperback) is an irreverent, painfully honest tale about Harris’s journey from being an ambitious, self-lacerating newsman with a recreational drug habit, to becoming an ambitious, self-lacerating newsman with a meditation habit … meditation struck Harris, a lifelong atheist/agnostic, as “the distillation of everything that sucked hardest about the granola lifestyle.”

 

Once he started practicing regularly, working his way up to 35 minutes of meditation a day, Harris found it was a value-add in three ways.

 

  1. IT GAVE HIM MORE FOCUS.
    “The practice of sitting down and trying to focus on my breath, getting lost, starting over and doing that over and over, every day really does build an ability to focus.”
  2. HE BECAME CALMER.
    “When you’re able to pull yourself out of the traffic for a few minutes every day by staying calm you can somewhat stop the crazy momentum of life.”
  3. IT OFFERED HIM MORE MINDFULNESS.
    What Harris calls “the biggie” and describes as a “superpower” is “the ability to know what’s in your head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.”

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Today Is the Best Day: A Year of Living Mindfully

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by The Mindfulness Movie

Are You One With Life?

Posted: 1/5/15 HUFF Post Healty Living By: Alex Matthews

I never met my maternal grandfather – he passed away before I was born. He was a wise, kind man. A devout Christian who also encapsulated, beautifully, the concept of mindfulness – of living in the present – with the saying “Today is the best day.”

My mother has often said this to her children. For her, as well as my sister and me, it has become a sort of mantra, something to aspire to, to live by.

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“Today is the best day,” means appreciating the here and the now and all the goodness that this contains. It involves acknowledging that we do not live in the past or the future; we occupy the present, and so we better darn well make the most of it. Happiness is not a destination you will reach, but something to be accessed now. We can so easily dwell on what we don’t have, or what we want but haven’t got yet (or had, but lost). “Today is the best day,” means letting go of those preoccupations, turning the focus on what you do have, on your life and its bounty today. see article