Ah, yes, it’s that time of year when the days get colder and darker and we honor our body’s natural inclination to turn inward and be silent— OH, WAIT. THAT’S NOT HOW WE DO IT. Instead, we rush to mail our holiday greetings, attend all the gay happy meetings, find the toys in every store, […]
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 […]
First Fig My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light! -Edna St. Vincent Millay We celebrate, as a culture, those who burn the candle at both ends — the devoted teacher who brings the essays home […]
One of the most powerful things you can do to be happier is practice gratitude. Check out these simple practices for bringing joy & gratitude to your life.
Mindful breathing is a powerful beginning mindfulness practice. Learn why mind-body exercises almost always begin with the breath, AND download an 8-minute meditation!
Did you know you’re a screenwriter? Don’t believe me? Well, I bet right now, you are writing a script. It might read something like… SCENE: A calm Monday morning. The mindful and compassionate main character opens her computer browser to read a blog post about mindfulness while drinking an exactly-perfect-temperature coffee. The house is quiet. The […]
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 […]
OMG teens are stressed these days, amiright? According to the latest research from the American Psychological Association, teens report higher levels of stress than adults do (at least during the school year). And almost half of teens say they’re not doing enough to manage their stress. In fact, the two most common “strategies” teens use […]
“Instead of dividing up my actions into good and bad ones, I studied what behaviors caused what results. I paid more attention to karma, or the fact that actions have consequences…. If I allowed myself time to rest in the late afternoon, I would be more cheerful at dinner.” Mary Pipher, Seeking Peace You do […]