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Mindfulness, Not Meditation – Nerdful Mind #7

March 2, 2020 by Simon Mannes

Meditation is not the key to a happy life.

It is undoubtedly true that it can help you become more content, and this is also the case for me, but it is not the right "tool" for everyone.

Meditation ultimately leads to mindfulness. But mindfulness can be attained in many different ways, be it with journaling, playing music, dancing, woodworking, or mindfulness exercises like noting.

Everybody has to find their own way through life, and everyone needs to find their own way of practicing mindfulness.

Reading Recommendations

What Is Mindfulness? (And What Does It Mean To You?) - Melli O'Brien

"Have you ever driven your car somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey? Or started eating a packet of chips and then suddenly noticed all you had left in your hands was an empty packet? Most of us have!"

The Spotlight Effect: Why No One Cares About That Thing You Did - Nat Eliason

"Unfortunately, most people spend their days obsessed with what other people are thinking about them, never realizing that no one is thinking about them."

Evolutionary Design - Industrial Logic

"Understand agile's most valuable practice: Evolutionary Design"

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Try to find three times today, where you consciously follow three breaths, one after the other. If this feels good to you, you can try to find four times tomorrow, and then increase the number of breaths the next day and so on.

End note

This week I tried something new and linked a psychology article instead of the usual neuroscience article. This is an experiment, so please let me know how you like it and hit reply to this email.

Also, the “trial” for my weekly mindfulness exercise is still ongoing. How is it going for you?

When this was interesting to you, there might be someone you know who will also like this. Please consider forwarding this mail to that person.

Have a great week

Simon

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