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How to Deal with the Unexpected - in Meditation and in Life

In my stress reduction classes I often talk about the practice of meditation being a microcosm for the larger macrocosm of your life. The patterns you witness in your mind during meditation are often the same patterns that play out on a larger scale in day to day living.

Recently, I witnessed a...

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5 Steps to Letting Go of Painful Emotions

None of us want to feel negative emotions any longer than we have to. Yet sometimes when they sneak up on us, it seems almost impossible to just let them go. Like sandspurs that stick to the bottom of your pants when you go out for a walk, negative emotions almost have a magnetic quality to...

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Learning to Quiet Your Mind Without Putting Yourself Down

One of the primary benefits of a daily meditation practice is that it enhances your ability to find a place of peace within. Yet there is a myth that to get to this state, you must strive to quiet your mind. It's not uncommon for beginning meditators to criticize themselves for not being able to...

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How to Be at Peace While You’re Working Toward Your Goals

“I’ll finally be happy when….” Feel free to fill in your next big goal.

Ever feel like no matter how much you achieve or how many items you check off your to-do list there’s always more? Perhaps you find that even as you solve a problem or complete a project, peace...

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Navigating Grief and Difficult Emotions Using Mindfulness

As I wrote about in a recent post, our sweet dog and my friend for the last 18 years, Peanut, passed away recently. For the last ten of those years, after my son went off to college, Peanut and I were, in the words of Forrest Gump, “like peas and carrots.” Given his age, I...

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Saying Goodbye

gratitude grief loss pets Aug 13, 2020
His name was Peanut. He became part of our family as a puppy in 2002 as a gift to our eight-year old son. We never could have dreamed what a treasure he would be. During part of his life he was a therapy dog at a nursing home where he brought tons of joy. He passed away this week. I miss him...
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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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