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How Mindfulness Apps Energized My Morning Routine

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mindfulnessThere are few things I feel strongly enough about in life to champion their virtues to others: The New Yorker. My favorite films about politics. Pop Tarts for grown-ups. But of late, I’ve found that I’ve become an evangelist for something I would never have thought likely: mindfulness apps.

For those not in the know, “mindfulness” is one of the oldest forms of meditation and is rooted in the idea of being consciously aware of being “present” — both in yourself and in the world around you. It isn’t about ignoring your thoughts, but about acknowledging and accepting them (non-judgmentally), while focusing on what you are doing in that moment.

That can all sound very groovy and post-modern, but it’s actually a fairly profound change to how most of us approach our average emotional state, which (I’ll speak personally here) often veers from rampant introspection to frenzied existential flight. While the idea of being more present in our daily lives sounds like something Megan Draper might have given a spin on the verge of the 1970s, a mindfulness practice is very 2015, and I’m glad it is.

Read the rest of this post over at Thrive Global

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

White_House_DCOn occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere

a. Tired of hearing about everyone else’s New Year’s Resolutions? Me too. But I really liked this list of five ways to make positive change in 2017 from Next Avenue, especially #5: slow down.

b. And speaking of positive thinking, I’m thrilled to be a contributor to Thrive Global. Over the holidays, they featured two of my posts: one on five self-help books that changed my life and one on swimming (and adulthood!).

c. As we wind down the Obama presidency, check out this fascinating account of what it’s really like to work in the White House, by those who did it.

d. Whatever your politics, you will also want to watch a final address from Obama’s anger translator.

e. Wordsmiths will love this tool, the wordmapper, which tells you who says what (i.e., “supper” vs “dinner”) in which regions of the U.S.

f. And, finally, those of us who would not so secretly love to move to Scandanavia should all learn these Swedish words. My personal favorite? Ghosta.

Have a great weekend!

Image: The White House via Wikimedia Commons

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. As an ex-political scientist, I thought that this piece in Slate on what political scientists got wrong about the 2016 election was spot on.

b. I was thrilled to learn about Arianna Huffington’s latest business endeavor, Thrive Global, a new website chock full of motivational essays, apps, training tools and more, whose tagline – “More Than Living: Thriving” – sounds just right to me. I will be contributing to Thrive as a writer but today I’m sharing a post I absolutely loved about deep reading.

c. As someone who blogs about adulthood, I’ve long been a fan of the website Full Grown People, that rare beast which dares to tackle long form personal essays online. Here’s a fantastic essay about what online dating is really like and how it doesn’t always have to be a trainwreck.

d. And for lighter fare, The Conversation UK had a great write up of the 2016 Bad Sex in Fiction Awards.

e. Finally, borrowing from my day job, this year’s winners of the World Bank’s CGAP Photography awards, depicting financial inclusion across the globe are absolutely breathtaking. Do check out the one labelled “Always with a Mother.”

Have a lovely weekend and a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2017!