Meditation is not about NOT thinking. Anyone who has sat down to observe their breath for more than a few seconds knows that the monkey mind tends to go apesh!t the minute we slow down enough to listen to it. After seeing all the cute posts about what dogs and cats and fetuses and toddlers would text […]
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Scenario: You’re sitting in your Monday morning meeting, but your thoughts begin to drift into the past (perhaps to the movie you saw with your kids over the weekend) or into the future (perhaps to the next meeting on your agenda). Suddenly you realize you’re not actually present in the meeting. Sound familiar? We spend a […]
Everyone I know who practices mindfulness describes it as life-changing. Here’s why.
#3. You probably have too many windows open.
Why do we pursue happiness? Does the very pursuit make it harder to find it? Why research tells us we may be pursuing happiness in all the wrong ways.
Happy New Year!!! I hope you have had a joyful, restful holiday season. Today, we venture into a new year. And although it’s really just another day, there is something powerful about changing our calendars and going back to month number 1. We spend a bit of time in reflection, thinking about what we accomplished […]
In the spirit of giving and sharing, I am excited to announce my Gifts of Presence Giveaway!
I wrote the post below over a year ago, about the beautiful Christmas carols that implore us to be silent during a season that is generally anything but. With all the violence filling our newsfeeds right now, and the shaming and name-calling and vitriol flooding social media, I feel more than ever the need for […]
… and what it is, I think, is pretty clear. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a day-long retreat and workshop led by Jon Kabat-Zinn (who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the late 1970s). I also attended his lecture at the University of Minnesota the […]
The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year” and “the hap-happiest season of all,” but sometimes all the marshmallow toasting and parties for hosting and excessive snow-blowing leave us … less than glowing. We officially launch the holiday season this week — Thanksgiving, Black Fri- Thursday?, gay happy meetings, and lots of good eatings. […]
Mindfulness by the numbers
the year Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) debuted at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, bringing secular mindfulness to the west
weeks of mindfulness practice demonstrated to improve immune functioning & increase gray matter in the brain in areas associated with concentration & empathy
number of thoughts you will likely have today (you could have as many as 70,000!)
amount of your happiness researchers say is directly in your control
number of clinical studies suggesting mindfulness meditation reduces stress and anxiety
how much more likely you are to be in good cardiovascular health if you practice mindfulness
number of minutes in 2016: how many will you be present for?