The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger

The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger

Practicing Paying Attention with Kindness

Research shows that our mind wanders 47% of the time. That’s an incredible half of our lives we are missing because we’re not present.

Dr. Shauna Shapiro is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness having studied it for over 20 years.

When you sit down and meditate do you get frustrated, angry even? Dr. Shapiro says that often we’re not practicing mindfulness, but are really practicing judgement and frustration. And what we practice grows stronger. So really we are becoming more frustrated through our ‘mindfulness’ practice.

Her solution is mindfulness with kindness. Perfection isn’t possible, but transformation is. Our repeated experiences shape our brain and sculpt our synaptic experiences. Mindfulness isn’t just about paying attention, it’s about how we pay attention.  And we’re not just practicing when we’re on the mat, we’re practicing and growing something in every moment.

In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

If you would like to know more, check out UPLIFT’s free film Building Compassion. The film shares cutting-edge research into the neurology and cultural practices of compassion and features interviews with a range of experts including Dr. James Doty, Saamdu Chetri, Dr. David Vago, Scarlett Lewis and many more. Building Compassion explores how compassion is key to understanding what it is to be truly human and to creating a loving world.


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