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Learn to Live in the Now [Video]

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Being mindful means being acutely aware of what is happening now—rather than drifting into the past or musing about the future—without emotionally reacting to these ongoing events. Maintaining a focus on the present is associated with a variety of improvements to physical and mental health. Practicing mindfulness can also enhance key aspects of intellect—in particular, the ability to pay attention. In this video, mindfulness experts Amishi Jha and Scott Rogers at the University of Miami, authors in the March/April 2013 Scientific American Mind, lead you through a short mindfulness exercise that can help you to assume this mental state more often—and reap its rewards. For more on the theory and benefits of mindfulness, see “Mindfulness Can Improve Your Attention and Health,” in the March/April 2013 Scientific American Mind.

Ingrid Wickelgren About the Author: Ingrid Wickelgren is an editor at Scientific American Mind, but this is her personal blog at which, at random intervals, she shares the latest reports, hearsay and speculation on the mind, brain and behavior. Follow on Twitter @iwickelgren.

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  1. 1. enorthroup 3:38 pm 02/14/2013

    O boy, I needed this! Thank you!

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  2. 2. Damir Ibrisimovic 3:02 am 02/18/2013

    Dear Ingrid,

    My little Fleur used to annoy with “are we there yet?” My reply was: “Fleur, do you remember what Elmo said? Here is where we are and there is where we are not. So, we can never be there since we are here all the time.”

    Needless to say, we had plenty of fun arguing about this philosophical delicacy.

    Have a nice day,
    Damir Ibrisimovic

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  3. 3. Kristianson20 5:34 pm 03/14/2013

    Would you say yoga would have the same effects on focusing?

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