One-Minute Mindfulness Hacks

by Carol Hendershot, Certified MBSR Instructor

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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 my hard ...

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5 Tips for Maintaining a Mindfulness Practice

by April Hadley, LLMSW

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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 than the word, expectation. When I say, ...

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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, the ...

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A Path of Mindful Eating

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Lori Schermers RD

My Journey

My journey with mindful eating began over 30 years ago as I learned to listen and honor my body during my recovery from an eating disorder. This was prior to the popularity of Mindfulness. Back then it was referred to as conscious eating which had many of the same principles of mindful eating such as:

• Eat ...

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The Violence of Self-Improvement

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By April Hadley, LLMSW

I recently came across a brilliant quote by the rocker, David Lee Roth. He said, “The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to quit.” It connects to another favorite phrase of mine which is “the violence of self-improvement.” It is a poignant phrase because it combines two things we rarely associate with one another – violence and improvement. Most ...

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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 be defined as “a ...

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Why I Need Self-Compassion

By Carol Hendershot
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“Love, not judgment, sows the seeds of tranquility and change…” Dana Faulds

I love my family, I really do, but when we all get together during the holidays, it feels like we just climbed out of a time machine. I could swear that my grown sons start to look and act the same way they did twenty years ago and then, ...

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“What if we were already there?”

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What would life look like if you were actually present for the experience.
by Carol Hendershot

One of my students shared this lovely story with me about her vacation in Japan.

“My friend and I were rushing all over Tokyo in search of the perfect restaurant, perfect store, perfect whatever….. and my friend stopped me in my tracks. “Kathleen, how about if we just say ...

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