The July 2011 Shambhala Sun magazine, our Second Annual Guide to Mindful Living

Cultivating our natural mindfulness has proven benefits for our health, happiness, and relationships, bringing more skill and compassion into everything we do. That's what our July 2011 magazine is all about. At newsstands in the first week of June.
Click on titles below to view full articles, excerpts, and related web exclusives.
july 2011 editorial

Something's Happening Here

Shambhala Sun publisher James Gimian introduces our second annual Guide to Mindful Living, and shares evidence that what looks to be a true "mindfulness revolution" is under way. 

the second annual guide to mindful living

How to Tame the Wanting Mind

You’re hungry, but what are you really hungry for? Mindful eating expert Sasha Loring on opening your heart, offering your attachments, and knowing when you’re satisfied.


Sweet, juicy, crisp — Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung on the pleasures of mindfully eating an apple.

Wisdom 2.0: The Digital World Connects

Silicon Valley gets mindful! Barry Boyce reports on a group of far-thinking digital leaders who are using mindfulness to humanize and make better the brave new world they’ve created.

This is Your Brain on Mindfulness

Meditators say their practice fundamentally changes the way they experience life. Dr. Michael Baime reports on the modern neuroscience that shows how it works.

The Science of Meditation

Andrea Miller looks at the Mind & Life Institute, which explores the intersection between ancient meditative disciplines and modern science.

Sea Change

Teenagers "get" mindfulness — they soak it up like sponges and it transforms their lives. Gina Biegel on the best ways to introduce teens to this valuable practice.

Answering the Call to Serve

Stuart Lord, president of Naropa University, on the value of contemplative education. It’s about the deep questions.

A Higher Education

A survey of colleges and universities offering contemplative alternatives to conventional education.

A Bell With a Crack in It

It may not ring as clearly, but it can ring as sweetly. Bestselling author Diane Ackerman gets personal about her husband’s stroke and explores the language of healing.


Shambhala Sun Audio: Diane Ackerman

Listen as the author talks about the benefits of paying mindful attention to nature. From the archives of our blog, Shambhala SunSpace.
PLUS: Elizabeth Brownrigg on letdowns as painful yet necessary treasures, and Anne Cushman on what a trip gone awry taught her about too much planning.

barry boyce on "the mindful society"

Reading on the Mind

A roundup of some of the latest good reads about cultivating mindfulness, awareness, and compassion.


MINDFUL: Living with Awareness and Compassion

This website from the publishers of the Shambhala Sun will help you bring the benefits of mindfulness practice into every aspect of your life.

other voices

Sunny Side Up

Sakyong Mipham explains how cultivating bravery gives us the confidence to live in the brilliance of the Great Eastern Sun.

Sakyong Mipham: His best from the Shambhala Sun

Creature Comfort

Dogs comfort us, and parrots care for their injured mates. When we increase our understanding of how animals show compassion, says behavior ecologist Joanna Burger, we understand more about ourselves.

Q&A: Raj Patel

The author of The Value of Nothing talks to Andrea Miller about the current economic model and alternative ways to value the world around us.


The Mindful Way to Self-Compassion

Kelly McGonigal reviews The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break Free From Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life, by Susan M. Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer, and True Belonging: Mindful Practices to Help You Overcome Loneliness, Connect With Others, and Cultivate Happiness, by Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine.

Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews Peace is Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh, Dharma Road by Brian Haycock, The Natural Kitchen, and more new releases worth your while.

about a poem

Andrew Schelling on M.C. Richards' "Poem"

Shambhala Sun, July 2011, Volume Nineteen, Number 6.


Enso painting by Kazuaki Tanahashi.