Therapy As “Assisted” Mindfulness

By April Hadley, MSW

Horse blindersA few years ago, I took a ride with my family in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park. If you have ever had this experience, you may have noticed the “blinders” the horses wear to cover a portion of their eyes. Blinders are small, square pieces of leather designed to block out some of the horse’s peripheral vision. They help the ...

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How Mindfulness Helps Build Three Important Qualities of Effective Leaders

By Carol Hendershot

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During my career I’ve been in many leadership positions and I’ve worked with many different leaders. We all seem to get tripped up and stumble in the same places and our effectiveness suffers. We don’t take the time or aren’t able to get through all the noise and confusion to see what is actually happening, or we can’t clear enough mental space in ...

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4 Ways Mindfulness Helps My Anxiety

By Rachel E. Watson

Rachel's head shotWhen my husband and I took the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class at Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness in 2013, we weren’t sure what to expect. I approached the class with trepidation. What if it’s too much work? What if there’s an Eastern religious angle that conflicts with my Christian faith? What if it doesn’t help reduce my stress? Won’t it be stressful to attend ...

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Practicing Mindfulness

by Carol Hendershot

boadwalkThere are three essential elements to the practice of mindfulness – intention, attention and attitude.

INTENTION is WHY we practice. It’s what brought us to this practice and what keeps us practicing, it’s what is really important to us? Are we practicing to heal a physical or emotional wound, to reduce our stress, or simply for the joy and equanimity it brings to our ...

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How I Teach My Kids Mindfulness

by April Hadley, MSW

“How do you teach your kids to practice mindfulness meditation?”April-Hadley-300x225

This is one of the most common questions I am asked when people find out that I teach mindfulness meditation for a living. I am often met with a look of confusion when I answer, “I don’t teach my kids how to practice meditation.”

Let me explain. But before I do, what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness ...

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Mindful Parents Know How to Do One Thing

by April Hadley

What does it mean to be a mindful parent?

Is a mindful parent unusually kind? Is a mindful parent unusually happy? Is a mindful parent unusually patient? A mindful parent may be some of these things some of the time, but they are also something more. Rather, they practice something more.

This practice will help you become a wiser and more discerning parent.
It will help you become a calmer and less reactive parent.
It will help you let go ...

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