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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Give Your Mind A Place to Sit

Give Your Mind A Place to Sita place to sit

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. ...

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One-Minute Mindfulness Hacks

One-Minute Mindfulness Hacks

by Carol Hendershot, Certified MBSR Instructorbreathing-boy-in-the-sky

Definition – hack: any procedure or action that solves a problem, simplifies a task, reduces frustration, etc

“Got up late, out of coffee, no time for breakfast. Got to work, vending machine out of yogurt, only candy bars left. Picked up my voicemail, woman yelling, had to hold the phone away from my ear, twenty-page report lost somewhere on ...

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5 Tips for Maintaining a Mindfulness Practice

5 Tips for Maintaining a Mindfulness Practice

by April Hadley, LLMSW 5 tips post it

The ancient Greek poet, Archilochos, wrote, “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”

Do you have high expectations for yourself? I know I do. Another word you can use for expectations is hope. I like the word hope because it feels more gentle ...

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Finding Wholeness

Finding Wholeness

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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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Being in the Midst of Doing

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5 Ways to Bring Your Practice into Your Life

By Carol Hendershot

When I hear the phrase “being versus doing,” I think of two things that are diametrically opposed. Way to often, I get lost in my world of “doing” and lose my sense of “beingness.” I feel out of kilter, off balance, like I can’t stop and settle. My body ...

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A Beautiful Challenge for 2017

A Beautiful Challenge for 2017

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By April Hadley, LLMSW

I am going to give you a beautiful challenge for 2017! Are you ready? I challenge you to cultivate affection for your meditation practice! Did your face scrunch up a little as you wondered how affection and meditation could possibly go together? After all, isn’t affection better left to the realm of romance? Not anymore!

Affection can ...

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Mindfulness Can Be Hard

Mindfulness Can Be Hard
8 Reasons Why You May Not Want to Start a Mindfulness Practice (and 4 Supports)

Time Magazine
by April Hadley, LLMSW

We Are Experiencing a Mindful Revolution

Mindfulness is all the rage right now. In 2015, Time magazine declared that we are in the midst of a mindful revolution. Rigorous studies in the field of neuroscience continue to demonstrate the efficacy of the practice ...

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Easiest Meditation Practice Ever

The Easiest Meditation Practice Ever

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By April Hadley, LLMSW

There is a wonderful meditation story in which a student asks his teacher, “How do I practice meditation in my everyday life?” The teacher replies, “By eating and sleeping.” The student protests, “But everyone eats and sleeps! How is that meditation?”

The teacher answers, “But not everybody eats when they eat, and not everybody sleeps when they sleep. ...

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