How You Can Breathe New Life Into Stressed Cells

Whether you’re gathering a lungful of air to sing a series of sustained notes, or hoping to stop those hiccoughs before a minute or two of annoyance turns into 15 minutes of sustained torture, it’s pretty cool knowing that we have at least some control over our breathing. Read more

Do This When You’re Too Busy for Daily Meditation

You’re busy. You go from meeting to meeting, then to your workout, then out with friends. It’s hard to carve out time to meditate. We all know mindfulness has proven benefits, but how do we go about fitting it into our normal everyday hectic lifestyles? Below are four tools you can use to squeeze meditation into even the busiest of schedules. They’re ordered by the amount of time they take, from shortest to longest, and they’ll all help you boost productivity, establish calm, and live your best self.   Read more

The 6 Apps That Will Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Looking to be a happy, healthier, more mindful version of you in 2017? We’ve assembled a collection of six best-in-class apps and products that will help you make progress on some of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Read more

This Process Will Help You Set Resolutions That Work

With 2017 upon us, many of us are thinking about what we’d like to achieve in the coming year. Below is a five-step process to develop and set New Year’s resolutions. This process balances desire and accountability to ensure you’ll be motivated and committed over the whole year. Consider using this process to set and follow through on your resolutions.

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What It’s Really Like to be a Spire User

 

Want to know what using Spire is *really* like?

Here at Spire we love what we do, and hear all the time how we’re changing people’s lives for the better, helping them become calmer, more present and aware of their breath. Below are some stories from users about how Spire has helped them, and how they are using the tool in their everyday lives. Read more

Breathing Techniques for the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of stress and anxiety. Below are three breathing techniques that can help you and your clients and patients deal with these issues by cultivating energy, reducing stress, and restoring focus.

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5 Scheduling Techniques to Reduce Stress & Boost Productivity

 

Ever feel like there’s never enough time in the day? You are definitely not alone. In a busy world of go, go, go 24/7, most of us could use a little refresher on time management. Below are 5 tips we keep coming across for scheduling that, if followed, could help you carve out a moment to relax. Read more

What I Learned From My First Week With Spire

When our users first try out Spire, there is usually a range of emotional feedback. Below is what a new user learned after her first week with Spire.

I started using Spire about a week ago. It’s been great, but I’m almost embarrassed to admit what I’ve learned so far. My first day of using it was a Thursday, and not a day I thought was particularly stressful. I put the Spire on in the morning, clipped into onto my pants and noticed that I started out the day mostly focused, and calm. But then I was surprised that pretty much the minute I opened my computer, my Spire let me know I was tense. I didn’t feel particularly tense, going through my regular routine of emails, but once I started to pay attention I did notice a tightness in my chest. Read more

Why Are Americans Really Giving Thanks…A Break Before Christmas Stress?

holiday_stress1We like to think of the holiday season as a time to stop, relax, and breathe. The two breaks before the end of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, represent a dedicated time of calm for Americans. But how do the two different breaks really compare in relation to our stress levels?
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22 Twitter Influencers Leading the Mindfulness Revolution

We searched through Twitter to identify the people and institutions that provide us wisdom and a sense of calm. Check out these 22 influencers, across all walks of life and history, leading the Mindfulness Revolution!

1. @DalaiLama: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are believed to be enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.

2. @thichnhathanh: Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and author known around the world for his teachings on mindfulness.

3. @AmmaChimes: Sri Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī, also known as ‘Amma Mama’ or the ‘Hugging Saint’ is a Hindu spiritual leader and revered as a guru by her followers.

4. @AniPemaChodron: Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She is a respected author and was one of the first women to become a fully ordained nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

5. @snatamk: Snatam Kaur Khalsa is an American singer, and author who promotes peace and within the Kundalini Yoga tradition.

6. @_MichaelStone: Michael Stone is Buddhist teacher, writer, mental health advocate and social activist.

7. @andypuddicombe: Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk with a degree in Circus Arts, and founder of “Headspace,” a guided meditation app.

8. @AlanWattsDaily: Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, known for his teachings of Eastern philosophy for Western students before his passing in Northern California in 1973.

9. @JudithYoga: Judith Lasater is a yoga teacher and author. She studied under B.K.S. Iyengar and helped to popularize Iyengar Yoga and Restorative Yoga across North America.

10. @RumiQuotes: ‘Rumi’ (alāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī) was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic.

11. @babaramdass: Ram Dass is a spiritual teacher, author and cultural figure who wrote the seminal “Be Here Now” in 1971.

12. @JackKornfield: Jack Kornfield is an American Buddhist teacher. He is a founder of the Spirit Rock Center in Marin County, California.

13. @EckhartTolle: Eckhart Tolle is a German- born Canadian spiritual author who wrote “The Power of Now” in 1999.

14. @MindfulMomma: Micaela Preston is an author and blogger focused on helping mom’s make mindful decisions for the health and wellbeing of the families.

15. @tinybuddha: Tiny Buddha is a mindfulness and inspirational wisdom website founded by author Lori Deschene that seeks to provide “simple wisdom for complex lives.”

16. @dailyzen: Daily Zen offers daily Buddhist teachings in tidbits to calm the mind, cultivated by author Charlie Ambler.

17. @EsalenInstitute: Esalen Institute is headquartered in Big Sur, California and a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research.

18. @omega_institute: Omega Institute is a non-profit educational retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York that seeks to awaken the best in the human spirit & cultivates the extraordinary potential that exists in us all.

19. @plumvillageom: Plum Village is a Buddhist meditation center in Dordogne, Southern France. It was founded by Thích Nhất Hạnh and fellow Vietnamese monastic Chân Không, in 1982.

20. @MindfulOnline: Mindful Online is an American non-profit that promotes the best of mindfulness- based practice and support for the community of mindfulness practitioners.

21. @LondonMindful: The Mindfulness Project is headquartered in London England, and is the first dedicated space for secular mindfulness, meditation and mindful living.

22. @OMC_mindfulness: The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry, is one of the first academic institutions working to prevent depression & enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness.