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Mindful Pause: Mindfulness In Everyday Life

Mindfulness is a way of being, and we get better at it as we practice it.

First, let's put this in context. We see mindfulness and spirit as part of normal human experience – – the opposite of being ‘out there’, out of our reach. So we want to break free from obscure mystical or philosophical language that results in confusion and disempowerment. Making things clear, concrete and experiential is reassuring and inviting.

For us, ‘mindfulness’ essentially means being ‘mindful’ as opposed to ‘mindless’. In other words, we see ‘mindfulness’ as the quality of our engagement with the world. It involves our whole being, body awareness and emotions as well as intellect. See our definition of mindfulness.

In regard to ‘spirit’: We are not comfortable with defining ‘spirit’ as what ‘animates’ matter. Nor are we comfortable with the many developments of this idea into religious dogma. We take ’spirit’ in a broader sense: It refers to the human experience of sensing ourselves as part of a larger, alive and flowing whole. We see this as a valuable part of our genetic heritage, an important component of what it’s like to be human.

In a more mundane way, ‘spirit’ also conveys a sense we have of our inner life force, of what drives us to do what we do, a felt sense of meaning and purpose. So this journey is a quest for wisdom, the wisdom that accrues as we are open to learning from experience.

The following insights may help foster your ability to engage with the world in a more proactive and mindful way. See also: Mindful Practices & Mindfulness Exercises.


Geeks guide to mindfulness: How to stop the multitasking madness

Buddhism beliefs & mindfulness practice

Buddhist emptiness & relational mindfulness

Discontinuous self states, relational mindfulness & Anatta

Inspirational thoughts

How to turn insight into action

Shifting from reactive to proactive mindset

Positive thinking is a proactive approach to risk

Life & Work balance: A "Whole Life" approach

Cultivate optimism? The positive power of negative thinking

Positive thinking is a proactive approach to risk

Self-motivation: How to motivate yourself

How to silence the inner critic & defeat negative self talk

What it means to be yourself

Felt sense & making sense

Contemplation vs logic: How we make sense of experience through resonance

Following your felt sense: The embodied experience of inner knowing

Mythos & Logos: Implicit process vs explicit description

Emotional Intelligence: the Human Mind Operating System


Proactive time management: How to get organized at work

Stages of Change model: Diclemente, Norcross & Prochaska's theory

See also: Creative Mindfulness Quotes

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