Accidental Meditation: It Happens More Often Than You Think

A man walking along a foggy mountain road

Nita Sweeney, BSJ, MFA, JD, CMT-P is an ultramarathoner, certified meditation teacher, mindfulness coach, mental health warrior and the bestselling author of award-winning books including Make Every Move a Meditation, A Daily Dose of Now, You Should Be Writing and Depression Hates a Moving Target. She lives in central Ohio … Read more

Contemplations About Practicing Mindful Exercise

Four Qualities of Mindfulness

Jared Levenson is an eating coach and counselor who blogs at Jared writes about new ways to think about and relate to food. He also has a podcast titled Eating Enlightenment. Jared also works at an eating disorder center in California’s Bay Area. He plays chess and hikes in … Read more

Yoga Practices to Embody Mindful Self-Awareness

Quote "Yoga practices train attention in self-awareness." above yogis meditating on a beach

Charlotte Nuessle is an internationally certified yoga therapist, gerontologist, and online educator and coach. She has forty-three years of personal practice and twenty-seven years experience consulting and teaching self-awareness using body-based and meditation practices that bring kindness, clarity and calmness into people’s lives. Interested readers can reach her by email … Read more

Resilience: How Mindfulness Helps Us Face Life’s Challenges with Compassion, Clarity, and Courage

Stencil painting on cement of Buddha and word "compassion"

Linda Graham, MFT is an experienced psychotherapist and mindful self-compassion teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of the award-winning book Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being and the new book Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster. Linda … Read more

Mindfulness and Positive Mood

Yoga has been shown to increase positive mood

Dr. James Lake is a Board-certified psychiatrist in the San Francisco Bay area and the author of four textbooks on integrative mental health care. He has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Stanford University and he founded and previously chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s … Read more

The Balm of Simple Mindfulness

Amy Funk, author of The Balm of Simple Mindfulness, crossing a bridge on the McKenzie trail

Amy Funk, PhD, RN-BC, teaches mental health and community health nursing. She is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and geocaching. She developed her hobby website,, to create a revolution in aging. This revolution focuses on a deep, spiritual approach to authentic aging, incorporating time in … Read more

3 Ways to Lower Cortisol and Aid Relaxation with Mindful Movement

Woman gardening, one way to lower cortisol and reduce stress

Joanna Ciolek is a self-taught artist, recovering self-critic, and a firm believer in the healing and transformative powers of mindfulness. She runs a free twenty-week mindfulness and self-discovery course to help others overcome their self-defeating patterns and fears, learn self-compassion, and take ownership of their body-mind wellbeing. She is also the author of The … Read more

Mindfulness and Wellness

Mindfulness and Wellness

Dr. Saundra Jain is a psychotherapist, educator, WebMD blogger, and strong supporter of living a life based on wellness practices. She is also the co-creator of the WILD 5 Wellness Program, a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to optimal health. In this contribution to the KineSophy Mindfulness Series, she explains how mindfulness fits … Read more

Beyond a Dedicated Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Beyond a Dedicated Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University specializing in the application of mindfulness and compassion in secular contexts. She is also the Director of Education at HopeLab, a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and … Read more

The Making of Mindfulness

Inception: when mindfulness goes wrong

Tyler S. Harris is a doctoral student at Michigan State University. He is studying sport psychology with an interest in exercise and physical activity motivation. He is a certified athletic trainer and has provided sports medicine coverage to teams at MSU as well as the Olympic Training Site at Northern … Read more