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A 12-Minute Meditation to Widen Your Perspective

When we feel stressed, anxious, irritated, or angry, one of the things that happens to the mind is that it shrinks down and zooms in on the challenge at hand—the stressful moment, the emotion we don’t want to feel. There’s a researcher, Andrew Huberman at Stanford, who calls this “the soda straw view” of the mind. This is the view of stress. When we’re stressed, our perspective becomes small and possibilities fade away. All we can see is the thing that we want to get rid of, or that we want to change, or that we wish wasn’t happening in our liv...

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Mindfulness for Racial Healing

A note from the Mindful editors: Welcome to the first article of our series on mindfulness for racial healing by educator, leader, and one of the 2021 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement, Tovi Scruggs-Hussein.  As the mindfulness community stands at the forefront of helping people everywhere to develop emotional intelligence, compassion, and awareness of both self and others, we hope this series will result in opportunities for reflection, unlearning, and vulnerability to nurture cultural humility and heal.  We are all affected by the di...

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The Last Stand

Share This book pays loving tribute to Black farmers and their produce stands. In the face of real life's steady and often irreversible losses, Antwan Eady reaches into the realm of imagination to give a hopeful twist to the story, one that introduces children to the challenges farmers of color face and encourages them to find their own way to bravely make a difference. Little Earl, the narrator, helps his papa Earl maintain their produce stand, the last one in what used to be a thriving farmers market. Illustrations by Jarrett and Jerome Pumph...

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For Before a Protest

Share Defiant God,If you were the voice of the prophets, then you remain a God who speaks against exploitation and oppression. Silence the lies in our minds that tell us our fight is futile. Let hope in our cause swell as we come together with a shared voice. Awaken our full emotional range, that our work would be fueled by a mysterious entanglement of righteous anger and defiant hope. May we heed the voice of our own interior prophets. Protect our bodies as we resist empire, especially the youngest and most vulnerable among us. Make our protes...

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For Voting

Share God of every voice,Motivate us to use our own. We confess that we are taken with the fashionable fatalism of our culture, which leaves us unprepared for the enduring nature of justice work. Help us to have compassion for all the memories that have formed us to feel this present helplessness. Renew our practice of love in community, that civic engagement would feel vital to us. Instill a commitment to local government, elevating the discussion of the common good in our immediate places of belonging. Surround our public leaders with wise co...

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For Labor Unions

Share United God,We are scared to unite, yet we know this is the path to protection. Grant us courage to organize and come together, even under threat from our employers. Remind us that you are a God who views work as expression of our dignity and identity in the world. The powerful and greedy have twisted work for their own gain, turning every man and woman against their labor and sowing injustice into our wages, working conditions, and benefits. Ground us in the long history of collective defiance in the working class. Renew our commitment to...

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Collect for Dusk

Share God at dusk,We remain. Through trial, through labor, through the terrors and beauties of this world, we’re still here. Hearts drumming, lungs expanding. Help us remember that to simply go on is a triumph. As we recall our day, drive off the beast of anxiety that lurks in the corridors of our soul. Let us examine the day in truth, not as a ritual of self-hatred, but as a commitment to our inner life and how our selfhood has engaged the exterior world. As evening falls, remind us that what we have given today is enough, that we might move t...

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Collect for Dawn

Share God at dawn,You have carried us through the long passage of night and into another morning. Awaken us now to today’s sacred potential. Grant us imagination for community, wonder, and the kind of work that honors and doesn’t degrade us. Place a soothing hand over all who are anxious, that even in the unknown, they would journey into the day grounded and at peace in the arms of the divine. And as we depart from this place, protect each of us as we risk ourselves again on living. Glory to the one who resurrects us daily. Amen. Come, let us h...

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For Those Who've Forgotten How To Play

Share God of levity,Grant us a rest that permeates our waking hours. Mark our days with the recreation and playfulness of our youth. Restore to us the energy for mischief and creativity and competition that we’ve lost as we’ve gotten older. Put people in our lives who inspire us in our play. Game nights, karaoke, gardening, film – we want more than the binary of work and sleep. We want delight in the in-between, those moments of interior rest that can happen while we’re awake. Show us what forms of entertainment and what hobbies led us into pea...

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Distracted? Turn Your Screen Time into Mindfulness Time

If you’re like most people these days, you probably live with a subtle undercurrent of distraction. During idle moments—waiting in line at the store, the doctor’s office, or the hug-and-go line to pick up your child—you may reach for your phone, without even thinking about it. These distractions are a problem. But they’re not the real problem. The real problem is that we actively seek them out. We crave these seductive mind snacks the way a gambling addict craves a place at the blackjack table. We are, in other words, experiencing a mild to mod...

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For Those Who Thought They Knew

Share God of belief,When we take account of the tragedies of the world, it is difficult to believe there is a powerful and loving God with us. There is so much we wish you would intervene in to bring justice and healing now. We trust that you are a God who is patient with these doubts. A God who is not threatened by our unbelief but draws near to us in it. Help us toward an understanding of you that includes tension and mystery. Let us be empathetic with our souls, which have endured so much suffering, and incline us to ask deep questions of ou...

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For Agnostics

Share Unknowable God,We do not know to whom we pray – or why we pray, when the truth is we are creatures of uncertainty. If there is any truth to the divine, may it be that you are loving and kind and disinterested in how much belief I am able to muster on any given day. If there is love in you, may it be a love that remains near even when the one you love is oblivious to your nearness. God, if you’re near, would you protect us and keep us? Keep us from ever being too proud to ask this. And if our prayers are spoken into the void, may we find h...

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For the Journey Back to Yourself

Share Steady God,We are shape-shifters, drifting in and out of our counterfeit selves depending on whom we are in proximity to. There are days when who we are feels so imprecise, so transient, that we wonder if anything of us is real at all. Turn us toward the parts of us that are true and reveal the parts that are more mask than flesh. Keep us from demonizing our false selves, but let us turn to them in curiosity and compassion; knowing every mask is born of a wound. Travel with us into memories of all that has formed us, those secret places i...

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A Guided Meditation Script to Help Kids Explore Feelings About Change

All things must change, and we do not always know the outcome—if we’ll like the new thing or not, if it will be easy or not, if we’ll get used to what’s different. The inevitability and unpredictability of change is what can make it so uncomfortable and challenging to manage. Especially when things feel comfortable where they are, it’s easy to understand why we resist change. Here’s an image you can offer to students when they think of facing change: imagine waves in the ocean. We cannot predict the waves of life, but we can learn to surf and r...

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Struggling with the Sunday Scaries? Mindfulness Can Help

Here’s a scene that far too many of us can relate to:  It’s Sunday evening, and you find yourself tensing up, even though the weekend isn’t technically over yet. Sure, you’ve maybe spent some quality time with your family or your friends, or you’ve gotten some time to rest… but you can feel that anxiety creeping in, despite the fact that work is the last thing you want to think about right now. You think about having to wake up early. Sitting in traffic or logging on from home again. The meetings. The deadlines. All the things you didn’t get do...

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Listen to my still-not-trusting babble

Share “My need is great as hope,my longing, fierce as wonder,and I stumble toward you,drawn by the light of your promise,roused by the prowl of your gracein the far country haunt of my soul. “Rush to embrace this prodigal me, O God.listen to my still-not-trusting babbleand help me accept my way home to you. “Save me from the shadowy, stifling foldsof timidity,duplicity,fear,and give me a stunning glimpseof some light-splattered possibilityto race my bloodand lump my throat.” —Ted Loder in Breathe Restlessness into Me

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Toward a Holy Ecology

Share Author Ellen Bernstein is a rabbi, former professor, and climate activist. In this book she opens up one of the stranger books of the Bible, shared by Jews and Christians, the Song of Songs. A mystical text, the Song of Songs alludes to sex and sexual activity, but it is usually interpreted metaphorically, as about a human being’s aspirational relationship with the Divine. Bernstein, when noting the abundance of references in the Song to gardens, vineyards, mountains, plants, and animals, observed something new: “The Song could be underst...

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Toward a Holy Ecology

Share “Living consciously in the present and living in the divine presence are connected. The Song invites us into the present through its arresting images, metaphorical language, lack of active verbs, and sensual portraits. The [Hebrew] word hineh, which occurs several times, is often translated as 'Look!' but may be better understood as a gasp. It calls us to stop and sink into the moment to attend to the present. The Song’s plants and animals, living in the present — not worrying about the future or the past — create a palpable 'presence' in...

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His Door is Always Open

Share May Allah (glorified and exalted is He) never turn us away from His door and may Allah allow us to always be among those that call upon Him, and may we knock at that door until we are finally greeted by Him in the Hereafter and welcomed by Him into His gardens. Āmīn. —Omar Suleiman in Prayers of the Pious

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A Reminder

Share May Allah (glorified and exalted is He) grant us humility and relieve us of our hardships, but do not allow us to forget the lessons that we learned from them, and may He grant us the best of this world and the Hereafter. Āmīn. —Omar Suleiman in Prayers of the Pious

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