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“Breaking News” - Mindfulness for Self-Care in an Increasingly Tragic World

coping media overwhelm Nov 03, 2021

I’ve been noticing lately how the news media delivers us tragedy, cruelty, and horror seemingly nonstop. I’ve noticed that the “Breaking News” banner across television newscasts, which used to be reserved for the really “big” stuff, has now become a fixture....

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Rx: Meditate in Nature

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha meditated under the Bodhi tree. He was outside, in nature, when he attained enlightenment – not inside a monastery or palace. Whether you believe the story to be myth or history, people have long known that there is wisdom, serenity, and balance in...

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Going With Your Gut: How Mindfulness Meditation Develops Insight

Call it a hunch, gut feeling, intuition – that immediate sense of truth, without words or reasoning, is one of your most important faculties. It can tell you where you want to move in life, what you need to let go of, and how to best relate to challenges. But how can you develop your...

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Navigating Life’s Transitions

How are you at dealing with uncertainty - that agonizing time during which you only have partial information and don’t know how things in your life, or the life of someone you love, are going to play out? For example, waiting for the results of that critical medical test, wondering if you...

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Dismantling the Anxiety Habit

anxiety embodiment habit worry Apr 08, 2021

The skill of mindfulness allows you to "map" the habit loop of anxiety to determine how it feels in your body and what reward you might be getting, or not getting, from worry.

In his new book, Unwinding Anxiety, Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness...

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Happiness is You Being You

Do you have a hobby, or an activity in which you can be completely yourself? Something that just makes you feel alive and happy and totally you? Are you aware of not having to put on any front or pretense when you're in that zone? How does that feel?

My "hobby" is swimming laps at the pool at our...

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Rewire Anger With Mindfulness

“Your copies aren’t ready.”

Many years ago, I was at an office supply store to pick up copies of class materials for a course I was to begin teaching that evening. But on this afternoon my copies weren't ready at the promised time. Not ready? What would I tell the room full of...

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Working With the Tough Stuff in Meditation

life meditation mindfulness Mar 03, 2021

I’m rereading Pema Chodron’s book Start Where You Are. Pema is a Buddhist nun, meditation teacher, and best-selling author. She has a delightfully simple yet profound way with words. I feel she inspired an insight in my meditation practice today. She says that all the parts of...

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How to “Be” in Your Body

Mindfulness means accessing the treasure of your physical experience

Ever feel like you’re not quite IN your body? Like your awareness is just outside it somewhere?
When you are new to the practice of meditation, or even if you’ve been practicing for a while, it can seem HARD to just...

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A Beginner’s Guide for Learning to Meditate

Why is it so hard to get your mind to agree to sit quietly with you and meditate? I remember being befuddled by this reality when I first began trying to teach myself how to meditate many years ago. I would get up early, before the rest of my family, and sit in a comfortable chair and give my...

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