The Impact of Mindfulness Meditation

The study does raise an interesting question, though: Don’t we need to ruminate on negative thoughts if we want to be successful?

Absolutely. I’ve been meditating for five years and I still firmly believe in the value of stress and worry. However, we have a tendency to make the suffering inherent in being alive worse than it needs to be. What mindfulness does is help you draw the line between what I call “constructive anguish” and useless rumination. Maximize the former and minimize the latter and it’s likely to give you a real edge. You’ll be happier, less prone to making emotional decisions, and more popular with the people in your orbit.

There’s a difference between thinking a problem through versus obsessing over it. As relevant as ever in hyper speed NYC where the hectic pace could literally kill you over time. We deal with difficult co-workers, demanding document work, and stressful calls with clients. It’s easy to be caught up in anxiety and letting it kill your productivity. Sometimes in the midst of the chaos, I just close my eyes and take a breath, centering myself in the eye of the storm. That couple of minutes might just save your day. Enjoy your Sunday. The grind starts again tomorrow. And onwards.

(via New York Magazine)

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June 22, 2014 · 5:52 PM

Slated for the Trash! From Reputable Media to Clickbait Journalism

It looks like Slate is headed the way of Buzzfeed judging by this article from Torie Bosch. Clickbait headlines which puts the Daily Mail and the rest of the British tabloids to shame. Depending on outsourced content and demonstrating no thought leadership. It makes me not wanna check out the media giant’s new project Future Tense, which seems to be a guinea pig for the “online content model”—AKA more clickbait trash. I keep saying it and I will say it again. The absolute thirst for dollars from brainless fast food traffic generated will ruin ya’all. Slate shouldn’t be trying to be Buzzfeed stylistically in order to gain its “viral” traffic. It brings short term revenue spikes leading to long-term loss. I hope Slate Plus is successful because the subscription model might be the only thing shifting them away from this terrible mindset. They will focus on catering to members demanding quality content versus gotcha! traffic revenue.

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