Having gratitude for yourself is a small win that’s actually huge

In his recent book Why Buddhism is True, writer Robert Wright shares a frustrating yet helpful conversation he once had with a meditation teacher. “So, you notice that your mind keeps wandering?” the teacher asks. “Yes,” Wright answers. “That’s good.” “It’s good that my mind keeps wandering?” “No. It’s good that you notice that your …

How mindfulness helps me feel a little less lonely

As a writer, I can’t stand adverbs. But the scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn, who’s been called the “godfather of modern mindfulness,” has a point: mindfulness is being aware in the present moment non-judgmentally. I didn’t get that “non-judgmentally” part until right in the middle of a seven-day silent meditation retreat when I was engulfed by a …