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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Finding Wholeness

Finding Wholeness

Many Colored Days
by Katy Chapman, Mindfulness Instructor

A couple of years ago, I went on a spiritual journey to my church’s headquarters. I took a class titled, ‘Healing and Wholeness’. Little did I know that this was the beginning of some very significant changes in my life.

My Healing and Wholeness Class taught me that to heal deeper life wounds, and to achieve greater wholeness, ...

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Meeting Difficult Emotions with Compassion

Meeting Difficult Emotions with Compassion

by Carol Hendershot

Life is just hard sometimes. We get sad, angry, frustrated, lonely, and afraid.

If you’re like me you will do everything and anything you can to avoid the pain. Have a glass of wine, get lost in Facebook, go shopping, or eat ten doughnuts. If only all those tactics worked, but they don’t. The feelings don’t go away they just get buried for a while, take their vitamins, and get ready to erupt in a ...

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3 Essential Elements of Self-Compassion

The 3 Essential Elements of Self-Compassionhand on heart

By April Hadley, LLMSW

“Sweetheart. You are struggling. Relax. Take a breath and then we will figure out what to do.”

I love these words from long-time meditation teacher, Sylvia Boorstein, for two reasons: 1) They challenge me; and 2) they contain the three essential elements of self-compassion.

Let’s start with the first reason. I am challenged to the core by ...

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My Amygdala Made Me Do It!

alarmMy Amygdala Made Me Do It!

By April Hadley LLMSW

Imagine a world where each time you messed up or said something mean, you yelled, “My amygdala made me do it!” Although that may sound funny, it could be just the thing to help you step back from reactivity and take more responsibility for your actions.

Why?

The amygdala is the portion of the brain responsible for sounding the ...

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Looking for the Good

Looking for the Good

by Patti Ward, M.Ed.looking in a bag

“Your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones”
-Rick Hanson

Last night was our 7th class for Mindfulness & Tai Chi for Middle School. We delved into the idea of ‘soaking in the good’. We talked about how our minds are highly conditioned to recognize patterns, particularly patterns that suggest something ...

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How to Feel Your Feelings

How to Feel Your Feelingssymbols emotions
by April Hadley, LLMSW

“The fastest way to freedom is to feel your feelings.” –Gita Bellin

I love this quote because it truly blows my mind! What does that mean? How do I feel my feelings? How does that lead to freedom? Although my mind doesn’t entirely understand, my heart feels an immediate sense of relief. Oh. I just have to feel. I don’t have to fight or resist ...

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The Beginning of My Journey

by Carol Hendershot

We live in a fast paced world and often everything seems to be spinning out of control. I know well the feeling that I could scream if someone gave me one more thing to do or keep track of.

A few years ago, when I was going through a divorce, a change in employment and a son in the throws of addiction, I just wanted to give up. I had tried everything I could think of; working harder and ...

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Why The !%*? Did I Say That?

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Why The !%*? Did I Say That?

By Carol Hendershot

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.”  Brene’ Brown

I don’t know how many times I’ve agonized over that question or a similar one like, “I really screwed that up, what made me yell at him like that?” or “I know I’m right about this, why can’t she see it?” ...

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