Profile: The Mindful Word

Creating A Culture of Engaged Living

The Mindful Word is a collective of individuals committed to creating a culture of engaged living. The practice of mindfulness is the starting point for this cultural transition. Rather than exploring mindfulness in isolation, The Mindful Word aims to further integrate mindfulness in everyday life by exploring other aspects of engaged living such as the slow movement, permaculture and contemplative arts for the mindfulness characteristics they share.

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Poems by Shaun Payne: Patience, Potential, Layers, Grace, Rebirth

Shaun Payne is a poet, photographer and father of two currently residing in San Antonio, Texas. His art form brings a subtle imagery to the beautiful yet difficult nature of existence. He maintains a website at www.indefinitebeing.com where his photographs and poems are posted regularly.
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Category: Book Club

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Expressive Nature Photography: How to Capture Images That’ll Tell a Story

The following has been excerpted from Expressive Nature Photography: Design, Composition, and Color in Outdoor Imagery, in which professional photographer Brenda Tharp provides tips and techniques that’ll help any photographer create attractive photos that have meaning and can evoke emotion.
Brenda Tharp has been a successful landscape, travel and fine art photographer for more than 30 years. She’s a popular workshop instructor and international tour leader, and she lectures regularly at photo conferences across the U.S. You can learn more about Brenda and her workshops on her website, www.brendatharp.com.
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Category: Arts

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Conscious Eating: 10 Food-related Tips to Help You Improve Nutrition & Health

These days, everyone has an opinion about how we should be eating. There are thousands of guides for dieting, cleansing and eating “right,” and no one can really say which is best.
That’s because there isn’t one way of eating that works for each individual body and lifestyle. You have to take everything you hear and read about nutrition at face value and be willing to walk away from something you’ve tried if it doesn’t work for you.
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Category: Self Discovery

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Be Kind: Change the World One Small Act at a Time

There's a lot being said about random acts of kindness, but could they really change the world? Maybe you simply do them because they need doing, because someone has to, and why not you? And that is reason enough.
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Category: Self Discovery

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6 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Use this tips to reduce food waste in the new year!
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Category: Sustainability

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Top 5 Inspirational Cities for Writers

Here are my top five choices, in no particular order, of inspirational cities for writers.

Category: Travel

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9 Principles To Help You Eat Mindfully

Excerpted from The Joy of Half a Cookie: Using Mindfulness to Lose Weight and End the Struggle with Food, in which Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., along with Alisa Bowman, teaches readers to reframe their relationships with food by cultivating mindful awareness.

Category: Self Discovery

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Ecotourism Builds Sustainable Economies

It can be wonderful for a culture to share their most treasured or sacred sites with the world. More people get the opportunity to experience these amazing places, and the host country gains more attention and a boost to their economy. Unfortunately, a thriving tourism industry means lots of people, and people bring all sorts of things that end up being detrimental to an environment

Category: Travel

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The Wisdom Of Seeing Everything As Temporary

Open the doors and throw open the windows. It’s hard to come face-to-face with your shortcomings and your bad habits. But I have, and the more aware I get, the more painful it can be sometimes. My instinct in the past has been to run from it, but now that I’ve been practicing mindfulness for several years, I’ve been learning to stop and face it - and learn to let it go.

Category: Self Discovery

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A Seed Change Leads To Sustainability

So often we view big business as the enemy of the environment and sustainability. We focus on corporate irresponsibility and the damage that their growth and manufacturing practices cause. But thanks to the persistence of consumers calling for greater responsibility and accountability, some of the largest corporations are taking notice and doing something about it, implementing a significant seed change to get to zero waste that is completely altering their business.

Category: Sustainability

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“Should” is a Lot Like “Stupid”

At 55, those delightful yoga sessions that instantly feel delicious deep down in the sinews and muscles, triggering pleasure sensors in the brain, are farther and fewer in between, even in a daily practice. Most days that great good feeling opens up only after slow beginnings, working steadily into full-throttle fluidity and warmth. I treasure those moments of recognizing deep physiological release and mental liberation. My mind soars with my body’s surrender to more, deeper, and longer stretches, everything opening, including possibility.

Category: Self Discovery

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People Are a Lot Like Blotting Paper

Although the comparison of people to blotting paper may seem strange, stick with me as I delve deeper into the theory of how truly similar we are to this now-forgotten item.

Category: Self Discovery

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Rediscovering How to Be a Tourist in Your Own Life

I think something as simple as a lack of a tea bag may have altered the course of my life. I must admit to this truth, so humbly delivered to me, because it feels as if a cosmic episode of falling dominoes was destined to remind me of an important lesson. I rediscovered how to be a tourist in my own life.

Category: Self Discovery

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10 Ways To Not Sabotage Your Goals & Make Better Use of Time

The other week you promised yourself that come the weekend you’d clean out the garage, but you never got around to it. Why is that? If you’re having a difficult time meeting your personal goals, you may be unconsciously sabotaging them. To help, here are ten ways to avoid sabotaging your goals.

Category: Lifestyle

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CA Plastic Ban: A Prop. of Compassion & Mindfulness

Walking out of the market, it suddenly hit me. Something different. Oh, that’s right. No one asked me if I would like to buy a bag for ten cents, and my two hands carried one plastic food-stuffed bag each. I wondered how long I had been unaware of the change. My life gets messy. I run around some days not knowing whether I’m coming or going and plan my daily meals in my car on the fly, both products of a frenetic, over-scheduled life of parent and professional.

Category: Sustainability

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Tech? No! Education Without the Gimmicks

One of the things most taken for granted nowadays in education is that technology will make for better classroom experiences and better learning. School boards are actively pursuing the adoption of more cutting-edge devices in the classrooms. Wider access to technology for students is a government priority in the U.S. There’s an expectation that technology will yield knowledge. There’s not a ton of evidence that this expectation is well founded.

Category: Social Awareness

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Developing a Healthy Concept of Beauty

I was hesitant to write on the topic of beauty because I’m still in the middle of the work and many unpleasant experiences are attached to this word. But this is an important topic: first, to face all those negative notions I have buried deep inside me and second, I have a daughter with whom I would like to have a more conscious conduct with regard to this issue.

Category: Self Discovery

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8 Clever Ways to Reuse Household Items in the Garden

Gardening is generally considered an eco-friendly act, yet gardeners buy all kinds of things: seed-starting trays, trellises, planters, tools. Rather than buying these items new, many of them can be found lying around their house. For example, it isn’t uncommon for a household to have empty food containers ready to be tossed away, just as it isn’t unusual for worn-out kitchenware and furniture to be thrown out and replaced. From starting seeds indoors to preserving your harvest, you can renew the life of these items, adding a touch of creativity to your garden while at the same time keeping them out of the dump.

Category: Lifestyle

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How to Get Well: Healing? Seeking a Cure?

When besieged by suffering caused by an illness or injury, we yearn for relief. This is the case regardless of if the ailment is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. When hope wanes leaving only the smallest of lights, the remaining vestige of optimism is wrapped around a kernel of wishing for the ease of torment. It’s in our nature to survive.

Category: Health

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Luminosity: How to Shine at Work

Most of us never consider “being a beacon” as a priority in our professional lives. Applications for employment don’t usually include “glowing, shining, and gleaming.”Luminosity means celebrating the Light of your soul, when you radiate and demonstrate the best of who you are. If this idea is beyond your normal comfort zone, please bear with me and allow yourself to step into the glow for a while.

Category: Health

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The Magic of Music: Tension and Release

Just as certain colors can generate definite physical and psychological changes in a person, so can tones and combinations of tones. Depending on the nature and quality of these tones and how they correlate with the substance present in a given individual, the influence brought into the subconscious mind, may be purifying or contaminating, creative or destructive. And so a certain artistry in handling music and sound of all kinds may be developed, not for the purpose of manipulating moods and human behavior but as a natural complement to the increasing artistry with which we handle everything that appears in our worlds.

Category: Music

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Concentrated Nutrition With Spirulina Algae

Spirulina, literally the most nutritious food known, is an edible blue-green algae used all over the world for its nutritional and medicinal qualities. It’s quite common for people consuming spirulina to experience a jump in energy and vitality. The reason is simple: spirulina is a powerhouse of nutrition. This conclusion is supported by well over 400 studies conducted in various scientific institutions around the world.

Category: Health

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Ayurvedic Medicine: A History

Similar to the origins of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine has both mythological and historical beginnings. According to myth and religion, the god, Brahma, was in charge of creation while the god, Vishnu, was responsible for preserving creation, and the god, Shiva, had the ability to destroy creation. All of these gods represented one Ultimate God and created the first man, Manu.
This NoteStream covers the rich and ongoing history of Ayurvedic Medicine from this very early legend all the way to its modern day role as the largest medical organization in the world.
Excerpted from the book Vitality Fusion: A Comparative, Interactive Survey of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. © Copyright 2013 amzn.to/YPo6Ay
Originally posted in TheMindfulWord.org: bit.ly/1uaWen5 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Category: Health

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Liver & Gallbladder Cleansing

I don’t think anyone really knows how many functions the liver performs on a day-to-day basis: anywhere from 190 on up, depending on what book you read. Just a few of the liver’s major functions, include the breakdown of every carbohydrate, protein, and fat entering the body; the detoxification of all poisons; the breakdown of all hormone residues; and the arranging and rearranging of proteins into amino acids and amino acids into proteins.
The liver can become congested from an intake of toxic and fatty foods, overindulgence of alcohol and drugs, overeating, constipation, and physical and emotional trauma. How do you know if your liver is sluggish? And what do you do about it?

Category: Health

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Introduction to Crystal Healing

Crystals and the rocks that enfold them are reborn star matter, created and recreated by a variety of processes, each of which affects how energy is able to flow. Some crystals solidified from gases, others dripped into being and some were ground up and reformed in layers. A few were created so fast they lack internal crystalline structure. The rock on which you live, or on which a building or a sacred site is situated, has a profound effect on how energy moves through the Earth and on your physiology.
We'll cover the creation of and types of crystals, their healing strengths, the basics of dowsing and the importance of Chakras.

Category: Health

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