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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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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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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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Get Out of Your Mind and Closer To Peace

I had always relied on my mind to solve problems, but that wasn’t working this time. Turns out, my mind was the problem.

Many years ago, I was a hot mess. I considered myself to be someone who had done all the right things in life to be “successful.” I was your classic...

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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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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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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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