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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Why Schools Need Mindfulness

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by Patti Ward

I have been in the field of education for over 35 years. Over those years I have witnessed schools becoming much more complex, more expectations for both teachers and students, and more pressured filled as each year has passed. Administrators, teachers and students are pretty much exhausted at the end of a school year. Higher ...

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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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First Mindfulness Family Day

First Mindfulness Family DayPlanting Seeds

by Patti Ward, Mindful Schools Certified Instructor

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Lewis Stevenson

I am very happy to report that we had a wonderful first family day. It was an opportunity for parents to participate in mindfulness activities with their children. We learned about some of the brain science ...

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What is this thing called Mindfulness?

What is this thing called Mindfulness?

by Carol Hendershot

“…we don’t have to look outside the present moment to experience wisdom, compassion, and the boundless purity of our true nature. In fact, these things can’t be found anywhere but the present moment.” Mingyur Rinpoche

We use the word mindful or mindfulness in a lot of different ways. Be mindful of your step. Do that mindfully. Be mindful of the planet by recycling. Etc.

But mindfulness is not just watch your step, be careful or ...

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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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Bad Habits Thrive on Autopilot

Bad Habits Thrive on Autopilot:stop bad habits
Mindfulness is the Antidote

by Carol Hendershot

The brain is a habit-making machine!

Every time I do something that brings pleasure, the brain lays down some tracks to help me remember that good feeling. For example, a coworker gives me a couple of Dove Chocolates and I take them back to my desk. I get back to work and things are ...

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Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

by Patti Ward

On May 21st we will be offering our first Mindfulness Family Day, we hope you will be able to attend. It is open to anyone who has attended any of our children and teen classes or to anyone new to mindfulness and would just like to check it out. Parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings all are welcome.

Sometimes teaching mindfulness to ...

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My Amygdala Made Me Do It!

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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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Change Your Brain with Mindfulness

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Your Most Important Remodeling Job Ever!

by Carol Hendershot

Until just a few years ago, scientists believed that our brains stopped growing and changing in our mid-twenties. Then, new technologies were born. EEGs, PET Scans, and fMRIs gave us the ability to observe the inner workings of living breathing human brains and everything changed!

These amazing machines created a window into ...

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