3 Essential Elements of Self-Compassion

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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 the word sweetheart! Who in the world refers to themself as ...

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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 ...

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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 alarm when we perceive a threat or some nearby danger (see ...

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Change Your Brain with Mindfulness: Your Most Important Remodeling Job Ever!

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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 a brain that is constantly molding and remolding itself from birth to death. When we learn ...

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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 around ...

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My Life with Sheila, My Inner Critic

By Carol Hendershot
1-inner judge
“If you don’t change direction, you’ll end up going in the same direction.” Yogi Berra

I love this quote by Yogi Berra, because it reminds me that I actually have to do things differently to get a different result. As the old adage goes, “If you do what you did, you get what you got.”

That’s the story of my relationship with ‘Sheila’ my inner critic. ...

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Embrace Space

By April Hadley, LLMSW

Looking in a mirror
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl’s wise words capture so much of the heart of mindfulness – SPACE. When we cultivate space in our lives, we step out of reactivity and gain the power to choose wiser and more discerning ...

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