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‘Choices’…

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Focused & relaxed breathing helps to create more space in awareness between incoming information (stimulus) and our outgoing response… more space between our thoughts & our urges to act reflexively. In this breathing space, we may realize more appropriate choices for situations as we become better able to regulate the seemingly habitual and automatic tendencies […]

Letting Go…

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

There is this awakening- this realization that real ‘freedom’ requires us to learn to accept… and to let go. It is with this realization that we come to observe ourselves and our minds lightly, with compassion and understanding that what we may come to think or to feel is impermanent- rather ’empty’ without the energy […]

Mindfully Me, ‘Intentions’

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Mindfulness is being purposefully aware of here & now. Intentional is a mind-set, a willful and determined way of responding and doing that may encompass behaviors, attitudes, thoughts, and feelings. To be intentional, it is our object (purpose) for being a certain way… for example, kind, patient, understanding, etc. It may be our intent (purpose) […]

Mindfully Me, “Laughter”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Let laughter be part of your daily routine for self-care… A good, belly laugh can help to relieve physical tension and relax our muscles. It boosts our immune system by decreasing stress hormones (cortisol) & boosting infection-fighting antibodies. In the brain, laughter works to trigger ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters called endorphins. As a result, laughter can help […]

Mindfully Me, ‘Mindfulness Muscle’

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Our ‘mindfulness muscle’ is strengthened by the way we routinely use and direct our attention. It is an observing and abiding mind that objectively watches how we are as we are throughout our daily experiences… attentively noticing our automatic & habitual patterns with relaxed alertness, and gently redirecting our attention to the present moment as […]

Mindfully Me, ‘A Moment of Silence’

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Taking a minute or two for a ‘Moment of Silence’ can be a powerful and moving experience. Time itself seems to slow down as we take PAUSE from whatever we’re doing to simply be with ourselves in quiet and stillness. By being silent and inactive for a full minute or two can promote greater presence […]

Being Non-Judgmental…

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

To ‘see’ things clearly in life, we need to adopt & cultivate an attitude that is open, objective and receptive. We need to learn to be more non-judgmental- and to be more understanding of things just as they are. When our orientation toward what we are experiencing is non-judgmental, we tend to open up ourselves […]

Mindfully Me, ‘Urge Surfing’

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Impulses or urges can be deeply conditioned tendencies toward certain actions- whether they are words or behaviors. Noticing our impulses especially before they carry us away into reflexive action can take real skill of attention, as well as forbearance not to give in to what often can be habitually unwholesome ‘traps’ with questionable consequences. Suppressing […]

Mindfully Me, ‘A Bow to Life’

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

An Eastern tradition, a ‘bow’ to another is a sign of peace, respect & trust. A person bows to the other upon arriving & leaving. It is the equivalent of our handshake, with sincere & deep respect implied in the gesture. In bowing to another we also show our reverence for the ‘universal energy’ we […]

Mindfully Me, ‘Curiosity’

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The world we live in is one big ADVENTURE! It is always available for us to explore and to examine… and where there is interest… there is inquiry. Curiosity is our natural inclination to keep awareness wide open & “fresh” for discovering and for learning new things. It moves & motivates us even in difficult […]