Falling in Love with Meditation

Woman meditatingby Carol Hendershot

“I meditate so that my mind can’t complicate my life.” Sri Chinmoy

When I realized that our theme this month was “Making Practice Enjoyable,” I felt a stab of fear. Communicating the joy of meditation to people who are just beginning to meditate felt really daunting.

Don’t get me wrong; I love meditation, once I get on my cushion. But, just like most meditators, ...

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Overcoming the Wanting Mind

resisting ChocolateBy Lynn Rossy, PhD

One of the most common statements I hear at the beginning of my mindful eating classes is “I can’t stop eating because it tastes so good even when I’m full.” My question is “Are you listening to your belly or to your mind?” After a short pause, I hear “From my mind!”

People get it. They can immediately recognize that we get ...

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A Season and Reason to Be Kind

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Winter is the season of self-reflection and renewal. Many of us set intentions to move more, eat better, improve our time management, give more, or spend less money. In some aspect all of these are on my list of intentions for 2018.

Is being kinder to yourself on your list of intentions for the coming year? It’s made mine. I recently completed the ...

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Start with Beginner’s Mind

eyes of a childby Carol Hendershot

“To the beginner there are many possibilities, to the expert, few.” Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

It’s December 31 and I haven’t made even one New Year’s resolution yet. It’s not that haven’t thought about it, actually that’s all I’ve been thinking about today.

Some of the possible candidates have included: losing 5 pounds, sending out more thank you notes, going to ...

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Generosity Begins with You

GenerosityBy Patti Ward, M.Ed.

December can easily be seen as a month of great generosity. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition for ‘generosity’ is: the quality of being kind and generous. The meaning of ‘generous’ is to show a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected. What’s your definition of generosity?

There is actually a “Science of Generosity Initiative” at the ...

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My Journey to Mindful Parenting

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by Cheryl Blackington

Imagine bringing mindfulness into your parenting journey. Imagine finding a source of peace and acceptance with yourself and your kids, even at the worst of times. Imagine being able to take a breath and pause before you react in an unhelpful way. Imagine developing a self-care ritual so you don’t feel so overwhelmed and so stressed. Parents have a huge impact on their ...

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Give Your Mind A Place to Sit

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By April Hadley, LLMSW

Who am I? Do people like me? Is my work good enough? Am I failing at being a parent? What if I don’t get that job? I know the rattling noise in my car is going to be a huge repair bill!

Can you relate to any of these thoughts?

There’s nothing wrong with you. In fact, with nothing to focus ...

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Mind the Gap: A Guide to Mindful Eating

by Lori Schermers

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“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”   Victor E. Frankl

On a recent trip to London we frequently used the extensive subway system known as the Underground. At every train stop there was an announcement to MIND THE GAP between the train car and ...

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