Moving Towards Mindful Thinking

We all like to think that we are open to new ideas and ways of doing things. Certainly, mindfulness and living in the moment is remarkably easy; the hard part is keeping it up over time. Why? Because it's easy to slip back into old ways of thinking and behaving.

To be more mindful, you first need to recognize unhelpful ways of thinking.

Exercise: Thinking in the right direction

Get yourself a pen and a piece of paper. Read all the instructions before writing anything down. At the end of this exercise you will give yourself a score on how well you did.

1. First, write your first name in the upper left corner of this page.
2. Now write your last name in the upper right corner of this page.
3. If your last ...

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