It’s August. And, the state of things is still way up in the air. While there is much to remain deeply grateful for, this unsettledness can be emotionally distracting. And still, amidst the uncertainty, we have our daily responsibilities. There are our families to care for, work to be done, and homes to maintain. A…

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I was driving home the other day and noticed that my jaw was clenched. It was a bit of a surprise when I realized it. There weren’t any traffic jams. I hadn’t been cut off by another car. And I wasn’t feeling any physical pain. Of course, things are more than just a bit crazy for…

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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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Did you know there is a 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 you are…

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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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