Trick Your Brain into Mindfulness & Wellbeing

June 3, 2018

Here are some mindfulness brain tricks which I find astoundingly effective.

1. Come Back into Your Body

Imagine that you have been dead for a while, doing whatever people do in the afterlife, and suddenly you find yourself back in time, in your body. You might think, “Oh yeah! I remember this body!” What do you see and feel? Perhaps you only have one day back on Earth in your body.

When I do this, I find that I really appreciate everything – the sensation of being alive, the air, the sun, the use of my hands…. In fact, any pain or discomfort I may have been feeling dissipates completely or becomes an intriguing sensation of life. Tiredness goes away. My posture even improves. It’s pretty amazing.

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July 10, 2014

The central prayer in Judaism is the Shema, or Sh’ma. The Sh’ma proclaims the singular nature of God. It translates to: “Hear, o Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” The first word, and the name of the prayer, Sh’ma, means hear, or listen. In order to really listen, one must quiet oneself. It’s interesting, then, that “Sh’ma” starts with the sound of “Shhhhhh!”

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Why God? (and if so, where?)

July 8, 2014

In the pause between breaths you will find peace. And in that peace, you will find God.

I’ve never been a particularly religious person. Like many kids, I took it seriously when adults told us what God wanted. So, I made sure that we got all of the leavened bread out of the house for Passover. That’s what our particular version of God wanted. As time went on, and my rational mind developed, I saw that many of the precepts and foundational stories of religions were internally inconsistent and just didn’t make logical sense to me.

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