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More on mindfulness as mainstream and how to practice it

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By Fairfax County/Northern defense lawyer Jon Katz. Defending results for his clients.

Meditation and mindfulness are now more mainstream than ever, including through the efforts of Jon Kabat-Zinn to bring mindfulness to the medical community and Chade-Meng Tan’s success in bringing mindfulness to Google/corporate America. I recently learned that Genentech has a mindfulness program. Thanks also to U.S. House member Tim Ryan for being an out-of-the-closet mindfulness practitioner in Congress.

Here are some more thoughts about mindfulness:

Mindfulness helps achieve essential clarity. Imagine a baseball player at bat during a duststorm. Mindfulness settles the dust to see the pitcher, the ball, the rest of the other players, and the field.

Those who get bored with meditation and eating breakfast without a newspaper are not comfortable enough being with themselves. If one cannot be comfortable being with himself or herself, how can others be comfortable with the person?

The security guard is less likely to get bored when realizing that boredom makes him or her less alert, and more vulnerable to a security breach. As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, the possibilities in the here and now are endless. That leaves no room for boredom.

Doing meditation without any intention for its outcome creates the conditions for a better outcome. Meditation is a chance to unclutter, clear, empty and quiet the mind, for better concentration, calm, communication and peace throughout the day.

Meditation helps one stay in the now, starting with a method as simple as focusing on one’s breath.