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I Flew Across the Country to Find Quiet

What stood out for me as I was baking in the sun was the sound of wind, with barely a runner in sight. And also the sound of my footsteps and the bounce of my backpack registering a dull thud on repeat. If this was a Sunday afternoon run in a big city, I would have seen many runners, but here, I had it all to myself.
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How Yoga Could Hurt You -- And Why You Should Do It Anyway

You can hurt your body doing yoga. But that damage pales in comparison to the damage that you can do to both your mind and body if you don't do yoga -- or some other activity that allows you to "connect" or "tune in" to the quiet beneath the chaos. If I can't convince you to try yoga, then at least do this: Experiment to find your own way of stretching your body and soul. Don't let the spectre of potential ill effects keep you inert and brittle. Because everything can hurt you. We humans just have to weigh the options. And then we have to choose the path that offers the best chance of suppleness and grace at a level of risk we can stand.
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How to Be Peaceful and Effective at Work

Mindfulness is simple, but it's not easy. When I'm on my computer, I can forget to check in with myself for hours. Then, when I do, I may notice that my shoulders are all tense, or that I've been wasting time checking email when I need to get something more important done.