In a recent issue, we talked about ways to address the worrying mind.  I’d like to build on that discussion with a related issue – the incessant mental noise that may occupy your mind and contribute to the worry. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that inner communication inside the mind.  It could be…

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Worry is a major cause of stress.  That is not to say that it does not have its place or concerns are not legitimate or meaningful. It can be a signal that something needs to be addressed. Often it becomes a vicious cycle though and relates to things we cannot control. When that happens, it…

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It’s hard to stay grounded in times like these – full of fear and uncertainty.  We are faced with a lack of concrete information. Our daily routines are significantly disrupted. We are worried about loved ones, especially those who are elderly or otherwise vulnerable.  We may be frustrated with those in denial about the risks of…

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So, today – Saturday, February 8th –  is Laugh & Get Rich Day!  Who knew? And did you know that humor plays an important role in a mindfulness practice?  Let me explain.   Laughter has many benefits including relaxing your body, relieving stress, boosting your immune system, and releasing endorphins (the “feel good” hormone). And, if…

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We often talk about mindfulness in the context of a sitting or moving meditation.  But mindfulness is a practice ultimately meant to be weaved into your day to day life. Give some thought to some choice times throughout the day when you can work mindfulness into your daily life apart from a sitting or moving…

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Time is at a premium. It’s hard to find someone that complains about having too much time on their hands. Most of us are so busy with work, family, and various obligations, there’s little time left to do the things we’d really like to do.   It’s not easy to find time to pursue the…

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When I was younger, phone conversations with my maternal Grandmother often began with her asking me, “Whatcha know good?” And, of course, I would say, “Nothin’”. (If I could do it all over again I would have said “You”.) She never gave up though on trying to get me to see and voice the good…

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Non-reaction can benefit you in many important ways, including in helping you manage stress and improve relationships. Using slow, diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, and other informal mindfulness practices, you can respond more effectively to what comes up for you in any given moment. The Art of Non-Reaction Non-reaction is about delaying how you react to circumstances…

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Conscious breathing practices can help you manage stress, anxiety, frustration, and anger. Not only are they simple but powerful practices but they do not cost a cent. Nor do they require props or changes to your environment. All you need is you, wherever you happen to be at the moment. And, the more you get…

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I had a wonderful week of Qigong Teacher Training in mid-April at Kripalu in Western Massachusetts. My fellow students came from many different backgrounds – qigong/tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, reiki, breath work, martial arts, coaching, and meditation. I met, for the first time, someone who specializes in forest bathing – a mindfulness in nature practice.…

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