Focus is a matter of deciding what things you are not going to do. – John Carmack


What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness amounts to being focused on and aware of how you are experiencing a moment. It is about simply experiencing the moment without judgment.  If your thoughts wander, you simply bring them back to the narrow experience of the moment – the breath, the music you hear, the food you smell, or the puppy you’re petting.

Mindfulness has its roots in many religious traditions and there are a variety of contemplative approaches. Mindful secular practices have also emerged in popular culture. There are hundreds of documented ways to practice personal and professional mindfulness from breathing, to journaling, to more organized events such as retreats.

There are numerous benefits to practicing mindfulness and the research is replete. Physical benefits include stress and anxiety reduction, lower blood pressure, and overall improved health. But there are also behavioral advantages such as enhancing focus, better decision-making, and emotional control.

There are many ways to practice! Here are other resources that may be helpful to you.


UCLA Meditations

Tara Brach Guided Meditations

Mindful Eating

6 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating

Harvard’s Mindful Eating

Mindful Journaling

Developing Good Habits in Mindful Writing

How to Write a Gratitude Journal

Pivoting and Refocus

Focus Exercises

21 Mindful Exercises

Books on Mindfulness

Hanh, Thich Nhat. (1992). Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. (2009). Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. (2013). Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.

Langer, Ellen J. (1990). Mindfulness.

Tolle, Eckhart. (1999). The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.

Books on Mindful Leadership

Bunting, M. (2016). The mindful leader: 7 practices for transforming your leadership, your organisation and your life.

Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R. E., McKee, A., & Johnston, F. (2015). Mindful Leadership: Emotional Intelligence Collection (4 Books).

Gonzalez, M. (2012). Mindful leadership: The 9 ways to self-awareness, transforming yourself, and inspiring others.

Marturano, J. (2015). Mindful leadership.

Additional Resources

How to Make a Finger Labyrinth

University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

Contemplative Outreach

Minnesota Contemplative Outreach

Insight Meditation: Meditation Timers and Dharma Talks

Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching, “Contemplative Pedagogy”

Center for Action and Contemplation

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