Give your creative mind a boost.

Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being
By Jill Suttie
Dear Mindful Readers,

We often prioritize work over play, toiling away at a desk or whiteboard, waiting for that spark of inspiration on a big project, or how to forge ahead on a problem — but it’s those moments when we’re singing in the shower that everything can come together and that big idea dawns on us. Research suggests that moments of creativity bolster our well-being — learning a dance move or trying a new pottery class might be fun ways to fill our calendars, but it also generates energy and enthusiasm that we can bring into the rest of our week.

Here are three simple ways to practice mindfulness while engaging your creative side.

1) Sing like no one can hear you. If you’re the kind of person who cranks the tunes on the drive to work, you could be onto something. Singing is a gesture of self-compassion, and it can prime the brain for meditation. Here are four reasons to try mindful singing, and reap the full benefits of your next karaoke night.

2) Embrace your inner Shakespeare. We’re all writers — our fingers constantly tapping out texts and sending emails. We can redirect some of that energy into a freestyle mindfulness practice: try this five-step writing practice to acknowledge your emotions with each sentence you pen.

3) Be your own muse. Waiting for inspiration to strike before embarking on a special project? There are many paths to creative epiphanies. Explore these five rituals from successful artists like Stephen King and Maya Angelou to spark your imagination and find a routine that works for you.

Here’s hoping you all find moments to enjoy being mindful this week.

The Mindful Editors


Exercise and cancer treatment

Exercise should be prescribed to all cancer patients, and not to do so would be harmful, some of Australia’s leading experts on cancer have warned.

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia has launched its position statement on the role of exercise alongside surgery, chemotherapy or radiation in cancer care.

Endorsed by a group of 25 influential health and cancer organisations, including Cancer Council Australia, it is the first researcher-led push anywhere in the world for exercise to be an essential component of treatment.




From Inspiration to Action. What Six People did After Watching a talk

After hearing an idea that struck them at their core, these people were no longer satisfied to sit on the sidelines — so they jumped in.

Hearing an inspiring idea is like experiencing a great book or movie; it stays with you.

For most people who watch a TED Talk, this occurs subtly, with the concept going into our minds where it serves as a kind of creative compost.

But there are also individuals who can divide their existence into B.T. and A.T. (before TED Talk and after TED Talk) — their lives were that affected by their viewing.

Now you can meet some of them through “Torchbearers: Ideas in Action,” a video series made in collaboration with the filmmakers at Great Big Story.

Each picked up a TED Talk idea like a baton and ran with it. Below, meet some of the stars of the series, plus a few others whom we were unable to film.

Can Meditation Change Your Brain



Finding Beauty Inside

From the outside, former model Alison Canavan’s life looked picture-perfect. But her glamorous exterior masked a lifelong struggle with depression.

Can Meditation Change Your Brain?

A lot of mindfulness literature makes the brain sound like a very simple machine. Editor-in-Chief Barry Boyce talks with two leading neuroscientists about better ways to think and talk about the brain and the mind.

Have a Seat

Taking the time to discover the most suitable cushion, bench, or chair for your body will pay off in years of less painful meditation sessions.

Do We Have More Than Five Senses?


Aristotle was wrong and so are we: there are

far more than five senses.

Scientists have long known that there is

much more to

our experience than the five senses (or

outward wits)

described by Aristotle –

hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste.

Yet the myth of five senses persists,

perhaps because a clearer understanding of

our sensory experience at the neurological

level has only recently started to take shape.

In this instalment of Aeon’s In Sight series, the

British philosopher Barry C Smith argues that

the multi-sensory view of human experience

that is currently emerging in neuroscience

could make about our senses much more

accurate, and richer, allowing philosophers to

complement the work of scientists in important

ways. But first, philosophy must catch up to the

major advances being made in brain science.

Producer: Kellen Quinn

Interviewer: Nigel Warburton

Editor: Adam D’Arpino

Assistant Editor: Daphne Rustow

How to be more hopeful


8 TED speakers show you how to nudge your mind

toward the sunny side

We all go through times when we see the world

through cloudy-colored glasses.

Times when it is tempting to just climb into bed —

or bathtub — and hide out, maybe for up to a month.

Fortunately for your loved ones, your livelihood and

your life, we have gathered together eight tactics

from TED speakers to cut through the fog.

1. Shift your expectations.




How to be more hopeful

Seven Habits of Highly Succesful People

London Business School faculty engage with successful people every day.

These highly effective people have achieved success by transforming habits that shape every aspect of their lives.

This is our unique take on Stephen R. Covey’s top-seller book,

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The list has nothing to do with trends, it is based on proven values of wellness, openness, fairness, integrity and human progress.

Here are the seven patterns of highly successful people, as observed by our experts.

The Prodigy. Singular focus on excellence

For the star of the Bolshoi Ballet, there is no distinction between life and art

Olga Smirnova lives to dance.

A leading soloist and star of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, she works from dawn until dusk, barely pausing to rest or eat a quick meal.

Even when she is not dancing, she is constantly thinking of ballet: she says the music never stops playing in her mind, invading even her dreams.

The Prodigy is a rich account of the trials and rewards of professional dance, and a portrait of one young woman’s intense dedication to her art.

Director: Michael Sugrue