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Generally speaking, mindfulness means living in the moment. It means being aware of your feelings and experiences without passing judgement or reacting rashly. It allows you to slow down and process things, rather than being disconnected and going through the motions without understanding why you’re behaving a certain way.
Some practices used to help people achieve mindfulness are meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong.
The American Psychological Association believes mindfulness can have benefits for both psychologists and their patients. These bloggers have taken on the challenging task of teaching us how to live, breathe, and be in the moment. If you’re looking for more peace and perspective in your life, check out their insightful posts.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is a research-driven organization. They strive to help improve the lives of people with depression by using mindfulness techniques. The site is a good resource to understanding more about mindfulness and how it can help with stress, depression, and overall mental and physical health. New to mindfulness? Try it out with their short video guiding you through the process.
Tweet them @OMC_mindfulness
Mindful is a place for the mindfulness community to go for connections, resources, and information to live a more mindful daily life. A team of writers and medical advisors work to create magazine articles and online content that explore issues related to mindfulness. Posts tackle topics like how to avoid your cell phone’s power of distraction and meditation techniques to help with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.
Tweet them @MindfulOnline
We’re constantly bombarded with ads for products or services we don’t necessarily need. Cait Flanders focuses on using mindfulness to consume less and focus more on well-being and personal needs. She imposed a shopping ban on herself to save money and be more aware of what she was consuming. Cait gives details about how it started in 2014 and where she was when it ended in 2016. She also offers tips on how you can practice mindful budgeting.
Tweet her @caitflanders
Tiny Buddha’s Blog
Lori Deschene founded Tiny Buddha to bring happiness and peace to her readers. The blog is guided by Buddhist philosophies and focuses on making ancient wisdom applicable to the daily issues of today. Tiny Buddha also has guest posts from mindful practitioners like holistic love coach Laura Smilski, who writes about learning from heartbreak and eventually appreciating the experience.
Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
Are mindfulness and meditation the same thing? Not quite. Wildmind creator and Buddhist teacher Bodhipaksa wants you to know the difference. He teaches Buddhist meditation and explains how it can help anxiety, depression, and everyday life. Bodhipaksa also has an Indiegogo campaign to launch his own meditation app.
Tweet them @_wildmind
The Wheel, a blog by independent publisher Shambhala Publications, is definitely ahead of the curve. Shambhala was founded in the 1960s when mindfulness, meditation, and yoga were all considered counterculture. The company never gave up on its mission. They continue to bring Buddhist teachings to Western culture. Blog posts also announce and explain upcoming workshops presented by Shambhala.
Tweet them @ShambhalaPubs
Transcendental Meditation Blog
Transcendental meditation (TM) is a type of meditation. Some evidence has shown TM to help anxiety, depression, brain function, and heart health. This blog focuses exclusively on this type of meditation. Posts explain what it is and how it can help different mental and physical health issues. There are also personal stories from people who’ve used TM to overcome addiction and past trauma.
Much like its founder Leo Babauta’s philosophy, the Zen Habits blog keeps things simple and clear. You’ll notice a difference from other blogs right away. The site has a no-frills design, using black text against a solid white background with no ads or images. Posts address a variety of topics, like how to reduce procrastination and tips to develop new thinking patterns and skills.
Tweet them @zenhabits
Wisdom Publications’ Blog
Wisdom Publications is another publishing company that focuses on publishing content related to classic Buddhism. Blog posts are written by several authors and each has a different flavor. Some even play with pop culture references, like the one about Darth Vader’s karma.
Tweet them @WisdomPubs
Sometimes it takes a practical approach to bring ancient philosophies into modern, actionable tips. Celestine Chua does just that with Personal Excellence. Her posts tackle issues many face today, like how to say no when it’s healthier for you, how to deal with failures in life, and tips for dealing with burnout in the age of social media.
Tweet her @celestinechua
Mindful Matter: Holstee
Brothers Dave and Mike Radparvar quit their jobs to found their T-shirt company, Holstee. The guiding force behind their decision — the idea that this is your life and you should do what you love — became a manifesto for the new company. Holstee’s blog continues to stay true to its values. Posts tackle a range of mindful topics, like how to enjoy the little things and reminding us to practice self-compassion.
Tweet them @HOLSTEE
A Lust for Life
The Lust for Life team is a small group focused on growing the social enterprise to spur positive change in society. They’re all volunteers who use funds raised by events to reinvest in the social initiative they believe in: sharing information to help people live a healthier and more holistic, purposeful life. The initiative and blog is based in Ireland, so you’ll get perspectives at times that are a bit different from U.S. views. Posts, like the reflections from the editor, do their best to remind people we’re all in this together and many of us share the same issues.
London Mindful is another team of individuals who’ve been moved by mindfulness and want to share their way of being with others. Writers offer tips on how to practice mindfulness in different areas of life, even when living in a busy city. There’s also a section specifically dedicated to business and how you can bring mindfulness to work.
Tweet them @LondonMindful
Melli O'Brien is a mindfulness teacher who believes mindfulness is her passion and her purpose. In addition to blogging, she teaches meditation and yoga. She also hosts retreats. Her blog strikes a nice balance between introducing mindfulness to beginners and giving new advice and perspective to people who’ve practiced for a long time. Melli even shows you her own reading collection in one post, with a comprehensive list of mindfulness poetry.
Tweet her @MrsMindfulness
The Art of Living
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded The Art of Living in 1981 as a nonprofit to provide people with the tools they need to lead lives free of stress and violence. Blog topics range from reducing and controlling anger to using yoga and mindfulness for weight loss. You’ll also find free e-courses divided into categories of focus: yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and reducing stress.
Tweet him @SriSri
Mindfulness is a technique that can serve you wherever you go. That’s what blogger Mariellen Ward believes. She writes about traveling to India, Thailand, and England — just to name a few. For 2017, Mariellen has decided to focus more on sustainable travel with wildlife conservation and sharing authentic cultural experiences.
Tweet her @Breathedreamgo
The Positivity Blog
If you’re the glass-half-empty sort, Henrik Edberg might be able to help. His Positivity Blog focuses on techniques to change the way you frame thoughts and situations from negative to a more positive light. Check out his daily tips for taking on a more optimistic approach, a list of motivational quotes, and so much more.
Tweet him @positivityblog