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!
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
Last year I saw a very poignant quote posted on Facebook regarding Black Friday. It said, “Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.” The irony of this quote struck me. With of all the craziness we invite into our lives during the holidays, it is easy to lose site of the meaning behind the holiday we are celebrating. What’s ideally supposed to be a season of focusing on family, gratitude, giving, creating memories, and (for many families) … Continue reading Find the Joy Amidst the Chaos During the Holiday Season
The New Year…it’s that quintessential time to reflect on the past, look towards the future, and probe deep inside with a lens of self-inquiry, introspection and honesty. It’s the season to make resolutions for all the things we want to change, do better, let go of, or fix about ourselves so we can achieve a healthier state of mind, body and soul. There is only one problem with New Year’s resolutions…they usually never work! According to website Statistic Brain, 45% of people make resolutions but only 8% of people are … Continue reading Don’t Make a New Year’s Resolution!
As I sit at my kitchen table, writing this article, I look outside my window and see the most beautiful hot pink oleanders and crepe myrtle trees lining my backyard. The colors are so bright and vibrant that I can’t help but smile and feel grateful for the opportunity to look at something so beautiful every day. As I observe, with gratitude and awareness, of what is going on around me, my experience gets heightened. Ordinary moments turn into extraordinary ones because I am simply paying attention and noticing the … Continue reading Reap the Benefits of Bringing Awareness to Everyday Moments
There is a growing trend you may have heard about. And though most trends come and go, I can say with certainty that this one is here to stay. How can I say that with such assuredness? It’s because it’s been around for over 2500 years. What is the trend I am referring to? It’s actually not a trend at all, but as with the popularization of new zeitgeists, until it becomes more part of the everyday paradigm, it can be viewed as a trend. I digressed into linguistics; I … Continue reading The Secularization of Mindfulness
Regardless of your religious background or which family traditions flank your household, there tends to be a lot of gift giving this time of year. We all experience that mad rush of crazed, last minute shopping, dealing with long lines of generally frustrated cashiers and customers, over-crowded department stores blaring of holiday music and of course, spending too much money. This is only after you’ve agonized over which perfect gift to buy that you hope will be loved, used and valued. So, we give the present, most often in the … Continue reading Your Presence is Your Present
Printed in the Danville Today News – November 2013 During the holiday season, it seems intuitive to practice gratitude, especially when celebrating a holiday titled Thanksgiving. But how often do you really think about what the word “thanks-giving” means? And how often do you practice giving thanks at times other than the holiday season? Having gratitude – or giving thanks – is one of the core principles of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of living your life with awareness, attention and intention and it offers many tools for decreasing stress … Continue reading Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude