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Staying Mindful: A Piece of Advice

February 28, 2010

by Chade-Meng Tan, Jolly Good Fellow, Google

As an instructor, I found it fairly easy to get people started on Mindfulness practice. I just need to show them the brain science, explain the benefits, introduce a short sitting, and viola, people get it. That’s the good news.

The bad news is after the first few days, many people find it hard to sustain the practice. Many of us start the first few days with great enthusiasm, committing ourselves to 10 or 20 minutes a day of this wonderful practice, but after that initial enthusiasm, it starts to feel like a chore. You sit there bored and restless, wondering why time goes by so slowly, and then after a while, you decide you have more important and/or interesting things to do, such as “getting stuff done” or watching cats flush toilets on YouTube. And before you know it, you’ve lost your daily practice.

How can we sustain a Mindfulness practice?

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