Making Meaning

UNDERSTANDING THOUGHT

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The Anxious Americans
by T. M. Luhrmann
New York Times

People in the U.S. are statistically an anxious group, but what does that mean, exactly? In this article, Luhrmann explores how the American definition of the mind and its importance in how we conceive of ourselves has more to do with how we experience anxiety than we might think. How might these ideas help you to explore your inner life in a new way?

THE POWER OF PRACTICE

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Does Mindfulness Mean Anything?
by Adam Frank
NPR.org

As mindfulness permeates our secular culture, more and more people try to understand and even measure its impact on people who meditate. This article discusses how, as the style of meditation brought into practice by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn has become popular, more and more claims have been made about what people can expect from the practice. It also raises broader questions about what people hope for when they meditate. Do you practice mindfulness meditation? Has the practice helped you?