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A steady mindfulness practice of "Visceral Awareness," "Present Living," and "Emotional Peace" sets the stage for practicing "Diminished Attachments to Outcomes," the fourth of five main areas I'm exploring in this blog series. "Attachment" is a dynamic that I've wrestled with for a few years. Friends...

I'm not sure if "simplicity" is so important to me because I've never really had the ability to buy a lot of stuff, or if it's just the way I'm wired. Either way, it's clear to me that practicing simplicity is another mindful pathway to...

One of the most pervasive forms of anger is the kind we feel toward ourselves, often clothed as regret. Regret is a close cousin of the oft-debilitating illness known as depression, which affects millions of people across the world. I would describe regret as the mind...

Anger sucks. There's no simpler way to put it, in my opinion. I'm at my lowest contentment when I'm angry at some person, group, or frustrating dynamic or process. Anger robs us of "Emotional Peace," which is the third overall category I'm exploring in this ongoing...

If we're to be honest with ourselves, we don't crave external happiness factors nearly as much as we desire emotional peace; most noticeably, through the quieting of that internal noise-maker known as our tenacious mind. Practicing "Visceral Awareness" and "Present Living," as I've written about previously...

I'm in Kansas City. I just finished journaling for the day, and this has inspired my final blog entry on "Present Living" in this series on progressive mindfulness practices (see earlier posts here). Journaling has been popular for ages. Sometimes it's called "keeping a diary." Some...

Today, as I continue to reflect upon and write about "Present Living" in this series on progressive mindfulness, I embrace and acknowledge the disappointment that exists for me right now. I'm sure that a blog on "thankfulness" would be much more fun to read! Unfortunately, the...

Beauty abounds; but we often fail to take notice, even if we're growing skillful at "Present Living" by more fully engaging with people, activities, and our own intentions (see previous posts). "Present Living" is a mindful state that includes noticing and appreciating our surroundings. Our surroundings,...

In addition to being fully engaged with the people and activities before us (see previous entry), another indicator of progress in mindful, "Present Living" is noticing and exploring our lingering intentions. We intend something in every moment, whether or not we're cognizant of such interior designs....

The present moment is the only moment. I've learned this to be true, especially in terms of "bookish" knowledge. However, I'm less accomplished regarding putting this information into consistent practice. "Visceral Awareness" (see previous entries) sets the stage for "Present Living," I believe, because if we're not...