I took my first mindfulness class a few years ago. Truth be told, I knew nothing about mindfulness when I signed up. Though serendipity led me to attend a 6-week introduction class, I was unaware that I was being cosmically led down a path that was going to change my life. But I showed up. That really is the biggest part of how we make change in our life; by simply showing up. Opportunities are around us constantly and either we are too distracted, too blind or unaware to notice … Continue reading My Everyday Mindfulness
We all have experienced it. Some of you may be experiencing it right now. Others of you have been experiencing it for so long that you not only think it is normal, but that it’s a destiny that you’re doomed to forever. What is this I am referring to? It is the sense of feeling stuck in your life. I’m not talking about literally being stuck in a physical sense, though, were that to happen you might experience similar emotional and mental reactions. What I’m really talking about is being … Continue reading Live Your Authentic Life
Do you ever have the experience of being in your in your car listening to the radio, and even though a good song comes on that you like, you still shuffle through the other five pre-set stations, only to land back on the original one you started at? There are a few things I find interesting about this phenomena of constantly switching radio stations (or similarly, flipping through TV channels). One, is that we tend to experience FOMO – Fear of Missing Out, or the thought of: “Even though I … Continue reading Don’t Change That Radio Station!
Almost everything you buy comes with instruction manual. Even the super obvious items, like a blow dryer or a water bottle, have directions for use, care, cleaning, and tips for optimal functioning. And whenever I see these instructions, I always feel a bit like, “Do the makers of this think I’m an idiot?! Of course I know to plug the blow dryer in before use, and to not use it while taking a bath!” And yet, one of the most important things you’ll ever acquire in your life comes with … Continue reading Raise Your Hand if You Wish Parenting Came with a Rule Book!
Regardless of your religious background or which family traditions flank your household during the Holiday Season, there is a ton of gift giving this time of year. First you agonize over which perfect gift to buy in the hope it will be loved, used and valued. Then there’s the mad rush of crazed, last minute shopping, dealing with long lines of generally frustrated cashiers and customers, over-crowded department stores blaring holiday music and of course, spending too much money. So, we give the present, most often in the midst of … Continue reading Give Your Presence as Your Present
The holiday season is never as easy, peaceful and joyous as we hope or expect it to be. And while there is a plethora of wonderful and joyous moments during this time of year, sometimes we are even too stressed to notice or appreciate them. Additionally, I know that this election season has added an unprecedented degree of stress with the unknowns of our political future. But stress is stress, regardless of its source. It has serious implications on your mind and body, and can be difficult to manage, especially … Continue reading Proven Antidotes to Holiday Stress
I love Fall! I love the smell of the mornings, warm afternoons turning into cool evenings, and the changing colors of the falling leaves. Even the mess of leaves on my patio and in my pool, which can be frustrating, is a reminder of this season which is all about letting go and change. While there is 100% certainty that the trees will become barren, I am also confident in their ability to sprout something new and beautiful in just a few short months. This cyclical cadence is a great … Continue reading To Everything There is a Season
Just as the acclaimed Pixar movie Inside Out demonstrated, all emotions are not only necessary and part of the human experience, but they each show up in our lives at different times. It is very common to want to disregard or ignore “negative” emotions, such as anger, sadness, depression or anxiety, as undesirable and therefore something that we just push aside and ignore. But just as when we sweep all the proverbial junk under the rug, discounting or denying these difficult emotions doesn’t actually make them go away; eventually as … Continue reading Mindfulness Helps You Manage Difficult Emotions
Edspiration; Mindfulness for Learning & Living Hear my conversation with John Linney, an international speaker and author on school climate, about the benefits of bringing mindfulness into the lives of students to increase attention, gratitude, happiness and school environments, while decreasing stress and anxiety. Podcast #34 – November 2015 http://www.edspiration.org/ Listen here
If you have a kid who likes getting presents, then you are going to be able to relate to this… You know how when it’s the holidays, or your kid’s birthday, and there is a stack of gifts…and soon after the child is allowed to start opening, there is a flurry of wrapping paper strewn across the room without so much as a glance at what was actually inside the wrappings? What’s up with that? I think that I might start actually wrapping empty boxes because it truly does seem … Continue reading Unwrapping Childhood