Mindfulness and existentialist writings in an age of anxiety

Anger…it’s a mystery

I have never been an angry person, and I still don’t consider myself one. And yet, sometimes I find myself becoming angry One response that helps keep me from festering in my anger is to remove myself from the anger-inducing situation. Sometimes, I’ll go for a long walk. A little fresh air and a change of scenery can work wonders.

Gratitude Meditation

Authors Note: This meditation was originally posted to insighttimer.com as an audio meditation. Feel free to listen to it here. If you like what you read or heard feel free to follow me on insight timer as well. Take a deep breath. Relax your body. Allow it to loosen up. Feel the tension leaving your shoulders as you loosen them. Allow your body to relax as you find a comfortable position to sit or lie down in. Inhale once more. Recognize that the very act of breathing is a gift Today is another day, another gift. You did nothing to be here today, you simply woke up and found yourself conscious of another day.

Mindfulness Economy – Doing good while making an income

You may be thinking, is this the "you economy" or "gig economy"? Well, sort of...I have my own list of criteria which I'll share later. You may see some overlap. The mindfulness economy is a phenomenon that I have been seeing all around the web. The concept is simple. Everyday people can earn an honest profit by doing things that are thoughtful, kind, and non-exploitative. Take this blog, for example. I started this blog for 2 main reasons.
  • I wanted to blog about mindfulness and help those who may be struggling with living a meaningful life or have an interest in living a compassionate, reflective and mindful lifestyle.
  • Secondly, I wanted to make an honest profit without exploiting people or using manipulation tactics to drive sales
I know there are people out there who care about what I have to say and who are willing to invest in me and/or the products I promote. They do this by making purchases by clicking through affiliate links, commenting, giving me feedback, and subscribing to my blog's newsletter. To be honest, I'm not getting rich or anything, but I have begun to see a couple dollars trickle in and it's exciting. It's exciting because I'm doing what I love, sharing my ideas and making a little bit to support myself in the process. My service and the service of many others in the mindfulness economy is thoughtfulness and authenticity. Those of us who are part of this movement are not only looking to make a profit to sustain ourselves and our families, but we are also looking to uplift and help others in the process.

What is mindfulness?

As someone who has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for several years, I have developed my own definition of mindfulness. Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and in the moment, without dwelling on past events nor conjuring up ideas of a future that hasn't happened nor anything that would pull our attention away from the present moment. More simply put, my one phrase definition of mindfulness is this: Wherever you are, be there. This short phrase is straightforward and elegant mindfulness mantra and definition. Wherever you are, be there. If you are with people or doing something with intentionality, be there. Be there physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Be wherever you are entirely in that moment.
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