Mindfulness Can Be Hard: 8 Reasons Why You May Not Want to Start a Mindfulness Practice (and 4 Supports)

Time Magazine
by April Hadley, LLMSW

We Are Experiencing a Mindful Revolution

Mindfulness is all the rage right now. In 2015, Time magazine declared that we are in the midst of a mindful revolution. Rigorous studies in the field of neuroscience continue to demonstrate the efficacy of the practice in areas ranging from chronic pain to post traumatic stress to the emotional health of children.

So Why Would I Tell You to NOT to ...

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Easiest Meditation Practice Ever

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By April Hadley, LLMSW

There is a wonderful meditation story in which a student asks his teacher, “How do I practice meditation in my everyday life?” The teacher replies, “By eating and sleeping.” The student protests, “But everyone eats and sleeps! How is that meditation?”

The teacher answers, “But not everybody eats when they eat, and not everybody sleeps when they sleep. ...

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What is this thing called Mindfulness?

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by Carol Hendershot

“…we don’t have to look outside the present moment to experience wisdom, compassion, and the boundless purity of our true nature. In fact, these things can’t be found anywhere but the present moment.” Mingyur Rinpoche

We use the word mindful or mindfulness in a lot of different ways. Be mindful of your step. Do that mindfully. Be mindful of the planet by recycling. ...

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Change Your Brain with Mindfulness: Your Most Important Remodeling Job Ever!

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by Carol Hendershot

Until just a few years ago, scientists believed that our brains stopped growing and changing in our mid-twenties. Then, new technologies were born. EEGs, PET Scans, and fMRIs gave us the ability to observe the inner workings of living breathing human brains and everything changed!

These amazing machines created a window into a brain that is constantly molding and remolding itself from birth to death. When we learn ...

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Embrace Space

By April Hadley, LLMSW

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“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl’s wise words capture so much of the heart of mindfulness – SPACE. When we cultivate space in our lives, we step out of reactivity and gain the power to choose wiser and more discerning ...

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The Beginning of My Journey

by Carol Hendershot

We live in a fast paced world and often everything seems to be spinning out of control. I know well the feeling that I could scream if someone gave me one more thing to do or keep track of.

A few years ago, when I was going through a divorce, a change in employment and a son in the throws of addiction, I just wanted to give up. I had tried everything I could think of; working harder and ...

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Multitasking Is Good for You!

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By April Hadley, MSW

Are you thinking what I am thinking?

“I thought multitasking was bad for you!”
“Isn’t multitasking the exact opposite of mindfulness?!”

You’re probably reacting this way for good reason. Studies have shown when we try to focus on more than one thing at a time, it can cause a 40% drop in productivity. It can also lower your IQ by ten points, which can feel the same as ...

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Therapy As “Assisted” Mindfulness

By April Hadley, MSW

Horse blindersA few years ago, I took a ride with my family in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park. If you have ever had this experience, you may have noticed the “blinders” the horses wear to cover a portion of their eyes. Blinders are small, square pieces of leather designed to block out some of the horse’s peripheral vision. They help the horse stay focused and not spook ...

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