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How to Be More Present: Embrace Beginner’s Mind

As we grow up, we often forget what it’s like to experience the joys of simply being alive. Rather than marveling at some of life’s little miracles as we did when we were children, we get lost in our minds’ stories. We worry about the next thing on our to-do list or ruminate...

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How Mindfulness Relieves Anxiety and Stress

You may be aware that mindfulness meditation helps reduce stress and anxiety, but perhaps you’ve been wondering why or how. What exactly happens in your mind and body when you start practicing even a few simple mindfulness techniques? Let’s look at this question, and demystify why...

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Why Your Sense of Embodiment is So Helpful for Reducing Stress

There are eight recognized qualities of mindfulness: trust, patience, beginner’s mind, non-judgment, non-striving, letting go, acceptance, and gratitude. But I’ve added a ninth and that’s embodiment, It’s the foundation for building the skill of mindfulness which is...

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The Power of Attending

attention Jan 18, 2020

“The little things, they aren’t little. They’re life.” Jon Kabat-Zinn.

We spend so much of our lives rushing to “become something” – a professional, a business owner, a teacher, a spouse, a parent. We’re always chasing that elusive something that...

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Heart to Heart

communication Jan 04, 2020

What is it like for you and another person to unexpectedly drop all pretense or façade and to spontaneously open your hearts to each other? It’s the best! Why doesn’t this happen more often? My theory is that our ego – which sometimes believes its job is to defend us...

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How Meditation Helps You to Be Yourself

meditation Dec 28, 2019

I have a self-confidence problem. It originates in my own mind with thoughts & assumptions. Meditation makes me better AWARE of this.

The thoughts go like this: “you’re so stiff & creaky, what makes you think you can be a yoga teacher anyway?” Or, “You’re not...

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Cultivating a Kind Mind: From Self-Judgment to Self-Compassion

The best advice I received when learning to meditate was “Be kind to yourself.” This was challenging, since my mind drifted (a thousand times!) during meditation practice. How could I be kind to this frustrating, unruly, disobedient mind? Through mindfulness practice we become aware...

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The Mindful Way to a Good Night's Sleep

Sleep. It’s one of the most important and least prioritized components of health and happiness. It contributes to our overall well-being in enormous ways, from hormone balance and job performance to the foods we choose and whether or not we feel motivated to exercise. Getting enough sleep...

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A Mindfulness Practice for Anxiety: Just Say Yes

Anxiety is worrying about the future. One reason mindfulness helps anxiety is that being mindful means being in the present. The more you practice dwelling in the present moment, the less room you have for anxiety. It sounds simple, and it is – just not easy.

Mindfulness meditation is the...

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