Mindfulness Exercises For Calm, Contentment & Happiness

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Equanimity, The Sweet Joy Of The Way

Equanimity, The Sweet Joy Of The Way

Spring Washam leads a guided meditation on Equanimity: The Sweet Joy of the Way. Equanimity is the quality of mind ...
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Could You Elaborate On Ego Versus Healthy Self-Esteem

Could You Elaborate On Ego Versus Healthy Self-Esteem?

How well can you differentiate your ego and self-esteem? Learn to incorporate mindfulness on elaborating ego versus healthy self-esteem ...
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Passing Thoughts and Moods

Passing Thoughts and Moods

Joseph Goldstein talks about Passing Thoughts and Moods. Nothing is worth ever adhering to. Live independently and not clinging into ...
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Ayya Anandabodhi

Guided Standing Meditation [Audio]

Guided Standing Meditation Part 01, by Ayya Anandabodhi:-Transcript:So the few minutes, we’re going to move into a walking meditation. And ...
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Mindfulness exercise

H.E.A.L. Steps to Happiness

Rick Hanson talks about HEAL Steps to Happiness. Taking in the good have 4 fundamental steps: Have, Enrich, Absorb, and ...
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The Ultimate Human Ability

The Ultimate Human Ability

A mind-opener on how our ability to respond to the things around us has a lot to do with how ...
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Expanding Our Perception

Expanding Our Perception

There are certain tools, such as cameras, that allow us to expand our perception of other dimensions beyond what our ...
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Patience and Perseverence

Patience and Perseverence

In this talk, Phillip Moffitt focuses on patience and determination. Patience is the willingness to start over while determination is ...
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Lessons from Nature

Learning To Listen Deeply

Tara Brach talks about Learning To Listen Deeply. It's kind of an innate form of violence in our culture when ...
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Mindfulness Meditation Guide and Journal

Mindfulness Meditation Guide and Journal

Enjoy Your Free Mindfulness Meditation Guide & Journal! (Get Our Best Mindfulness Worksheets for 30% Off) Do download, press on ...
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what story are you believing

What Story are You Believing

To begin this Mindfulness Exercise on The Stories You're Believing, please bring kind awareness to- why you chose this topic- how your ...
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the shaping principle

The Shaping Principle

To begin this Mindfulness Exercise on The Shaping Principle, please bring kind awareness to- why you chose this topic- how your ...
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Body Meditation

Body Meditation

Body meditation raises one’s life force and thereby better all areas of one’s life. It helps connect to and benefit ...
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Focused attention

Focused Attention & Concentration

Sean Fargo leads a guided meditation focused attention and concentration. This meditation is useful to increase focus and mindfulness ...
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Embodying Stillness

Embodying Stillness

A sample of guided meditation interspersed with silence and Eckhart Tolle’s insights into the essence of meditation practice: embodying stillness ...
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True Wisdom Of The Eagle And Condor

True Wisdom Of The Eagle And Condor

Spring Washam talks about the merging of wisdom and compassion: True Wisdom of the Eagle and Condor. How one grows ...
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Being In Nature With Eckhart Tolle

Being In Nature With Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle describes the reciprocal transformation that can unfold when we truly commune with nature.This video features the music of ...
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aligning with your mission

Aligning With Your Mission

Aligning with your mission. The worksheet will be helpful to reflect on how you are relating to your experiences today ...
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Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature [Audio]

Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature [Audio]

Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature, by Tara Brach:-Transcript:The following meditation is led by Tara Brach, meditation teacher, psychologist ...
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Balance Meditation App

Balance: A Mindfulness App Made Just For You

Finding “the right way” to meditate can be challenging. Though these ancient practices have become more or less mainstream in ...
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Deep Listening

Deep Listening

A quick talk by Frank Ostaseski about the practice of Deep Listening as well as its benefits for the heart ...
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Do What Feels Right In Your Body

Do What Feels Right In Your Body

Qoya is based on the idea through movement, we remember. We remember our essence is wise, wild and free. Using ...
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Why death is just an illusion - thought provoking video

Why Death Is Just An Illusion – Thought Provoking

Death is an illusion, life is a dream. Thought-Provoking idea. The present moment is the only moment available to us ...
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Existence Is Quite Weird

Existence is Quite Weird

Existence is quite weird. How odd it is that we live on an unimportant rock ball that revolves about an ...
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“Me Too” In Popular Mindfulness Communities

“Me Too” In Popular Mindfulness Communities

See how the "Me Too" movement in Popular Mindfulness communities had spread. Get a better understanding of power through the ...
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Lesson from Nature

Energizing Your Body (Binaural Beat)

Binaural Beat for Energizing Your Body. Binaural beats are auditory illusion perceived by the brain when two different tones are ...
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Mindfulness exercises

The Free Mindfulness Exercises eBook

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Nature of Awareness

Big Mind Guided Meditation

Guy Armstrong leads a big mind guided meditation. Good for calmness and relaxation, enforcing mindfulness and liberating consciousness ...
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Working With Thoughts [Audio]

Working With Thoughts [Audio]

Joseph Goldstein talks about working with thoughts as an object of mindfulness. How we relate the thoughts mindfully in our ...
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How to Meditate in a Moment

How to Meditate in a Moment

A quick-fire guide in how meditation is possible in even just a single minute - anytime and anywhere, with these ...
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Lesson from Nature

Guided meditation – Resting In One’s Own Gaze [Audio]

Guided meditation – body and mind: Resting in one's own gaze, by Akincano Marc Weber: About Akincano Marc Weber: Akincano ...
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what defeats you

What Defeats You

To begin this Mindfulness Exercise on What Defeats You, please bring kind awareness to- why you chose this topic- how your ...
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Be Yourself

Be Yourself Affirmations

Affirmations for today. Respect who you are and where you're at.. right at this present moment.Affirmations for Respecting Oneself1. Today, ...
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3 Hour Reiki Healing Music

3 Hour Reiki Healing Music

Instance 150Guided AudioMeditations Effective for reducing stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.$48 Download them to your own computer Access the audio ...
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Lesson from Nature

Increasing Intelligence (Binaural Beat)

Binaural Beat for Increasing Intelligence. Binaural beats are auditory illusion perceived by the brain when two different tones are played ...
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Nature of Awareness

Heart Practices for Awakening Joy

James Baraz talks about how mindfulness is the tool to awaken the joy in life; how opening the heart lets ...
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Mindfulness of Time, Meaning, and Belonging

Mindfulness of Time, Meaning, and Belonging

To begin this Mindfulness Exercise on Time, Meaning & Belonging, please bring kind awareness to- why you chose this topic- how ...
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Finding Possibility in All That Arises and Passes

Finding Possibility in All That Arises and Passes

Phillip Moffitt leads a themed meditation finding possibility in all that arises and (vanishes) passes. The breath, thoughts, feelings, anger ...
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Science of Mindfulness

Understanding The Science of Mindfulness

People have been practicing mindfulness for thousands of years, but only recently has science been able to gain insight into ...
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Mindfulness exercise

Me and We

Rick Hanson talks about Me and We, Autonomy and Intimacy. Autonomy is the inner strength of independence. It supports Intimacy ...
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The Courage to Stay True

The Courage to Stay True

Qoya is based on the idea through movement, we remember. We remember our essence is wise, wild and free. Using ...
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Freedom

Feeling Free

Joseph Goldstein talks about Feeling Free and the 4th noble truth. The 4th noble truth is the way of practice ...
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40 Percent Rule Video

’40 Percent Rule’ [Video]

A Navy Seal explanation of the 40 percent rule that is designed to improve your mental resilience to overcome trying ...
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Lesson from Nature

Focus Booster (Binaural Beat)

Binaural Beat to Boost Focus. Binaural beats are auditory illusion perceived by the brain when two different tones are played ...
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Mindfulness meditation

Knowing and Not Knowing

Matthew Brensilver talks about Knowing and Not Knowing. Mindfulness is very much about knowing things as they are. At the ...
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Calm, Contentment, Happiness, and Mindfulness

With depression on the rise across all age groups, and stress now being a more than common occurrence in many people’s lives, it is safe to say that something about the way we are living is bringing us down. Due to reasons ranging from social media usage and technology at our fingertips to weaker community ties and excessive materialism, the reasons that many of us are feeling increasingly stressed and depressed are intricate and heavily intertwined.

While the standard of living has advanced greatly for the Western world, our mental wellbeing is suffering. All of this might it a contributing factor to why more and more people are turning towards mindfulness as a way to alleviate some of the burden of modern day society – and for good reason. Mindfulness practice is a powerful tool to help manage the underlying suffering we are experiencing, promoting a greater sense of inner calm, contentment, and happiness.   

Buddhist Roots of Mindfulness and Happiness

One of Buddhism’s core teachings is that of contentment, a state of being that can be achieved through bringing compassionate, non-judgmental awareness to the inner workings of the mind. Mindfulness practice and meditation as a way of reaching contentment has been practiced for centuries.

To better understand how Buddhists use mindfulness to achieve contentment, we can first familiarize ourselves with a basic understanding of the term “dukkha.” While commonly translated as “suffering,” there are other ways we might define the term. Dukkha can be considered to be:

  • Physical and mental suffering that comes with birth, growth, illness, and death
  • The emotional aspect of humanity, comprising of sorrow, grief, and misery
  • Anxiety or stress caused by attachment to things that are constantly changing
  • Lack of satisfaction or the sense of things not meeting our expectations

To better understand how mindfulness helps to increase our experience of peace and contentment, we can separate these two experiences into separate categories, the first being a sense of peace and inner calm.

Calm defined is a state of being that is “free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance.” Perhaps more metaphorically put, and as it relates to the weather, calm can be defined as “a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water.” When we feel calm, the waves of life have little effect on us. In these moments, we are more like the rocky bed beneath the sea.

Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness does indeed reduce anxiety and promote a calm state of being. Some of the findings are listed below, though this is not an exhaustive list of the research that has been done:

There are a few different mechanisms by which all of this occurs. From our neural pathways to our hormones, a couple of explanations for mindfulness’ ability to reduce stress and anxiety and increase our experience of calmness can be noted:

Activation of various regions in the brain

Mindfulness meditation activates the anterior cingulate cortex, an area of the brain that controls our thinking and emotion. It also engages the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and the anterior insula, two additional areas of the brain involved with controlling worry.

Activation of the relaxation response

Mindfulness of the breath often leads us to deepening its flow. When we are stressed, we tend to breathe only shallowly, a way of breathing that initiates the fight-or-flight response. As we observe the breath and as it deepens, the body’s relaxation response is activated. This engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system brings our blood pressure, heart rate, and hormone levels back to balance. The experience of stress in mind and body is eased.

How Mindfulness Promotes Happiness

Contentment and happiness often go hand in hand, though they are not quite the same. Contentment as it relates to mindfulness can be defined as a sense of satisfaction for the present state of reality. Happiness is more commonly associated with pleasant feelings and is often desired. While the difference may come down to semantics, we might consider that contentment is the simplest or purest form of satisfaction. When contentment is the goal, happiness often follows.

Mindfulness promotes our experience of happiness through our increased satisfaction, or contentment, with the present moment. Whatever situation we find ourselves in, mindful awareness of our direct experience can help to naturally lessen our propensity to hold expectations and increase our acceptance of whatever is occurring.

Contentment and happiness increase through mindfulness practice in a variety of different ways, including the following:

Becoming aware of our thought patterns helps us to release negative thought patterns.

As we practice being more mindful in everyday situations and through exploring mindfulness meditation, we start to notice where our thoughts loop around in a continuous circle. By observing this cycle we take away some of the steam that fuels it, finding ourselves more deeply connected to the present moment. Fears of the future or regrets from the past (or other negative thoughts that attach us to some different place in time) naturally begin to melt away.

Mindfulness practice increases our gratitude for whatever exists in the present moment.

As our attachment to negative thoughts is observed and released, we become more aware of the present moment and more grateful for what we have at present. As we reconnect to our inner state of being, we come to realize that in each moment, we are perfectly whole as we are. This helps to fuel our sense of contentment with the present state of reality.

It is often said that energy flows where attention goes. As we become more mindful of all the positive things in our everyday lives, we fuel and attract more of those blessings that naturally promote peace and happiness.

Becoming more aware of our emotional states helps us to better manage them, soothing turbulent waves that may arise.

Mindfulness practice helps us to regulate our emotions by reducing the tendency to be swept away by them. As we start to identify rising emotions as the observer, noting inner experiences such as grief, sadness, and anger, the power they hold over our thoughts and behaviors is lessened. We become better at watching the way these energy currents flow through us rather than holding onto their stories.

Mindfulness Practices to Increase Happiness

Mindfulness can be implemented into our lives in numerous ways. The most common form is through mindfulness meditation, but the applications of this practice are much wider than that. We can practice harnessing mindful awareness in all situations, from brushing our teeth to overcoming a personal struggle to taking the dog for a walk. There are also a variety of mindfulness exercises and worksheets that can deepen our personal practice.

To promote contentment, happiness, and an inner state of calm, the following tools and techniques can be practiced.

Communicate with compassion

Practicing mindfulness is most challenging when our defenses are triggered, such as when we feel a strong negative reaction to something someone has done or said or when we are in the middle of an argument. We can strengthen our ability to remain calm and compassionate in these situations by becoming mindful of what is running through us rather than what is “wrong” with the person or situation in front of us.


To enhance your ability to communicate mindfully and compassionately:

  • Take a moment of pause at any point in a conversation or situation when defenses are running high. Reconnect with your heart space before you continue engaging and before taking any actions.
  • Focus on sharing your direct experience, noting what emotions and bodily sensations are present alongside your rising defenses.
  • Listen openheartedly. This does not mean opening to or welcoming abuse; however, in most cases we can improve upon how well we truly listen to the experience of another. Compassionately request the same mindful listening in return.

Witness emotional waves as an observer

When strong emotions or feelings of unease arise, practice watching them as if you were an outsider. It is easy to become attached to our emotions and their associated stories, but instead we can try mindfully noting them as being energy bodies that are separate from the core of who we are.

To practice separating ourselves from the waves of emotion:

  • Come to a comfortable seated position and take a few deep breaths to ground yourself. Allow your body to relax as you start to tune into the emotions that are present.
  • Practice witnessing and noting them as raw emotion, perhaps assigning them labels such as “anger,” “grief,” “confusion,” or “sorrow.” You might also note bodily sensations that are present such as “tingling,” “tightness,” or “unease.”
  • Make these observations without attaching a sense of “I” to them. Witness them and then release them, returning to your breath to help you find balance.

Gratitude practice

We can increase our contentment by mindfully noting all of the things we are grateful for in the present moment. Practice this with eyes closed or while observing your surroundings. Make note of things big and small, tangible and intangible. Consider:

  • Your morning tea
  • The sunshine (or the rain)
  • Your breath and body
  • Refrigeration and heating
  • The roof over your head
  • Companionship
  • Generosity
  • Kindness

The opportunities for feeling into our blessings are endless. When you first begin this practice, you might like to make a written list of all the things you are grateful for. Add to it throughout the day, allowing this practice to grow effortlessly as you move through life.

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