The Rise of Mindfulness in Society

37 minutes worth watching:

In this video, The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Opportunities and Challenges, Arianna Huffington and Jon Kabat-Zinn, speak at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.

They point out that “mindfulness is really heartfulness,” and focus on the “moments that matter”. They look at the rise of mindfulness in various fields, such as sports, journalism and economy.

I find Huffington and Kabat-Zinn very inspiring, and also enjoy reading their books and articles. Huffington´s latest book Thrive is a topic of discussion in the video. I´m happy to recommend it.

Wisdom 2.0 addresses a great challenge of our age: To not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.

Click here if you like to watch more videos from the Wisdom 2.0 conferences.

Here and Now

Noticing:

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when the mind wanders, gently bring it back
where life unfolds right now

– Sunday hike to Mt. Straumshornet/ Sykkylven/ Norway –

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In the TV2 studio:

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Today I attended the breakfast show God morgen Norge/ Good Morning Norway. It was my first time going live on national TV, being interviewed by the skilled host Vår Staude. Everyone was very welcoming.

I talked about how mindfulness helped change my relationship with pain, and to live with ease. Then I gave examples of how I cultivate mindfulness, saying it´s about acceptance and conscious awareness of the present moment – of senses, breathing, feelings and thoughts.

Learning how to sustain attention is very empowering. It takes willingness, an open mind and practice. Mindfulness is not a quick-fix of any problem.

Now: I´m off to meet some friends and enjoy the beautiful city of Oslo. I hope you are having a good day as well!

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I´m on my way to Oslo:

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Tomorrow morning I will be talking about mindfulness and blogging on the breakfast show God Morgen Norge/ Good Morning Norway.

Live on air around 8:10 AM.

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Mindfulness in the Garden

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Stepping out on our terrace this morning, I smile. The sight of the golden chain tree is catching my attention. The wonders of nature. Right here. Now.

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My senses come alive. Sounds, sights and scents fill my awareness. The little daisy shows me all her beauty.

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I dig in the soil. Pull up the weeds. Feel the texture of the plants. Present in what I do.

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 Aware of my breath, I turn to the waves of the ocean. Inhale. Exhale.

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 Gardening used to be boring. Now it is a piece of mindfulness. I make it a treat to my senses and my mind.

Being consciously aware, moment by moment.