Modern research on ergonomics (the interaction between people and their work environment) is confirming what meditators have known and expressed for thousands of years: sitting with your legs and torso at 90° is mad difficult.
Are you thinking about making a resolution to live more mindfully in 2014? You're in good -- and trendy -- company, according to global advertising and marketing company JWT, which named "Mindful Living" among its Top 10 trends for 2014.
1.) Breathe….Yup I did say that, that thing that every other person tells you to do to relax. The reason is it works. Breathing is the only difference our body has between life and death. So breathe in life! Feel your breath. Truly enjoy your breath. Let your breath come into your body and allow it to leave. Breathe out negativity and breathe in positivity. Focus on your breath. Watch your breath.
The moment you start thinking you need to meet the world with good posture – it's over; you're screwed. You’ve empowered the belief that being upright means you can’t really be yourself. It’s too easy to jettison our spontaneity and sense of humor in an effort to become a statue of good posture.
Are you as surprised as I was to realize that December 5 was the 4th Annual Compassion Research Day at Facebook? Who knew that the social network has been heavily investing in studying and applying Emotional Intelligence to its platform? For the past four years it has been inviting researchers, scientists, psychologists, and engineers to help design a more compassionate interface for Facebook. Cutting-edge research institutions such as Yale, Berkeley, Claremont McKenna, and Stanford were all on-hand to talk about their work and some recent Facebook inventions.