One of the joys of teaching mindfulness to teens is the many times when, in the course of a short lesson on breathing or listening, a fifteen-year-old can drop a truth-bomb that explodes with all the wisdom of a wizened Zen master. These small insights from young people reveal so many universals of the human experience. […]
The simple things, both large and small, that make a profound impact on the quality of our lives…
Practicing mindfulness means we simply accept the present moment for what it is. Because it is what it is. Because this is it.
What if we took the same warmth and love and presence and forgiveness that comes so easily from us when we’re with a puppy, and extended it to members of our own species?
We talk about balance all the time – a balanced diet, a balanced budget, a balanced approach, and the always elusive work-life balance. It makes me wonder, if we have to talk and write so much about how to find it, maybe we’re doing it wrong.
Mindfulness practices help children improve their ability to pay attention, by learning to focus on one thing (e.g., breath, sound) while filtering out other stimuli. Mindfulness also provides kids with skills for understanding their emotions and how to work with them.
My 10-year-old daughter said that to me in the car the other day. “I like mindfulness. I just don’t do it.” “What do you mean?” I asked her. “Well, it sounds great — being calm and breathing and everything — but I just don’t actually, you know, DO it,” she explained. I smiled. “And how’s […]
We celebrate busy-ness and brag about our lack of sleep and long hours at work. Perhaps it’s time to ban another B-word: BUSY. Here’s how to do it and still get stuff done!