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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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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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