The Answers That Blow in the Wind

The Answers That Blow in the Wind

Wind has always been my least favorite weather condition. When it snows, I can wear my warm furry boots. When it rains, I can walk comfortably under my umbrella. When it’s cold, I can bundle up in my down jacket and knitted cap. But when it’s windy? I get blown around and my hair gets […]

The Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation

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The modern mindful life, according to my new tagline, is informed by research and grounded in practice. It is absolutely astounding how much research has been conducted in the last decade on mindfulness and meditation and all the amazing ways it can transform our brains, and our lives. Much of the research on mindfulness and […]

On Target: How We Can Actually, Seriously Learn About Mindfulness Inside the Big Box

On Target

Anyone who knows me knows I love Target. Not even a credit card security breach keeps me from making my weekly pilgrimage to this mecca, which for me is actually located in a city named Medina, as I hunt down and gather the necessary items for my family’s survival. Oh, how my less evolved ancestors […]

Mindful Mantras for Teachers

MindfulMantrasforTeachers

Teaching is amazing. And hard. Mindfulness is a valuable tool for teachers as we do this difficult work. Get started with these mantras for teachers!

Mindful Parenting Q&A

Mindful-Parenting

Got questions about mindful parenting? I’ve got some strategies to share with you — about keeping your cool, creating family rituals, & finding balance.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Why We Need Connection and Friendship

Connection and Friendship

While there certainly are a lot of silly love songs out there, we also sing about achey breaky hearts, wrecking balls, and falling to pieces. We croon about how love is a battlefield, how it tears us apart, and when it leaves we’re in a world with no air. We emerge torn by those who […]

How to Start a Meditation Practice: A Guide for Beginners

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Start a Gratitude Practice and Find Your Happy Place!

Gratitude Practice

Gratitude is NOT just an attitude — it is a practice to cultivate. These tips will help you start a gratitude practice, and sustain it when it’s hard.

Zen and the Absurdity of Parenting

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There’s a Zen for everything today – surfing, fishing, even coding. So of course we have Zen parenting, but let’s just put it out there that it’s NOT constant peace and serenity. I suggest we establish that Zen parenting is about embracing absurdity. Parenting, like a perplexing Zen koan, often calls for the abandonment of logic and the acceptance of paradox. It sometimes feels like a difficult homework problem that we’ll never solve. And that’s okay.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindful Life

We hear about mindfulness everywhere these days… but what is it? And how do we do it?

What Dead Poets Society Taught Me About Being a Teacher

Dead Poets Society

We may remember him as Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Pan, or the Genie, but for me, Robin Williams will always be Mr. Keating. I first watched Dead Poets Society in high school. It’s one of those movies that stays with you, isn’t it? Its embrace of youthful idealism and romanticism entranced me as a teenager. […]

5 Ways Meditation is Like a Monet Painting

Haystacks

While sitting in silent meditation, the following thought popped into my head: “Meditation kind of reminds me of Monet’s paintings of the cathedral in Rouen.” Seriously. Read what the Impressionists can teach us about meditation, the self, impermanence, light, sensation, perception, and the fleeting impression of NOW.

To the Mom Who Wishes She Wasn’t a Mom…

To the mom who wishes she wasn't a mom

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish I wasn’t a mom,” this letter is for you. If you’ve ever said, “I don’t like being a mom,” this letter is for you. We don’t always like motherhood, just as we don’t always like our jobs or our houses or our spouses. But there IS a path to joy. And it starts NOW, in this very moment.