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40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 19 ~ A little bit of yoga, a big letting go

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 19 ~ A little bit of yoga, a big letting go

Welcome to day two of our letting go weekend retreat.  I hope you allowed yourself to let go of your regular weekend routine yesterday, even just a little, and took some time to use Karen’s letting go yoga suggestions.  If you missed yesterday, no problem!  It’s not too late to…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 18 ~ A weekend of letting go yoga

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 18 ~ A weekend of letting go yoga

If you have been joining us on the 40 Days of Letting Go journey you have probably noticed that “letting go” happens on many levels, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.  The letting go process may bring up a lot of buried emotions, and take a lot mental energy as we work…

40 Days of Letting Go:   Day 17 ~ Let go of technology

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 17 ~ Let go of technology

Want to see something really cool in 3D?  Take a look at real life!  Look mindfully today at a tree, a train, or a teapot.  Notice the depth and gradation of color – wow…. no special glasses required! Spending too much time on screens, whether it’s your lap-top or a…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 16 ~ Let go of an old identity

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 16 ~ Let go of an old identity

This is not about a beauty make-over, But rather an inside make-over that might be long overdue.  It might be time to let  go of labels that you don’t want anymore, and maybe never even asked for.  How do you identify yourself? You might say “I’m the mother of two……

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 15 ~ Let go of your edge

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 15 ~ Let go of your edge

I once attended a conference on mindfulness that included health care experts, corporate executives, and politicians.  I learned that executives at Google were hesitant to join a company-sponsored mindfulness program because they were afraid to lose their “edge.”  What exactly does this mean?  Professionally speaking, or in other domains of life, what…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 14 ~ Let go of planning

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 14 ~ Let go of planning

A health crisis, a job loss, a rejection letter….rejected love.  We can tantrum, “it’s not fair”… “I don’t want to relocate!”….. “I can’t accept that it’s over!”…… The ideas of equanimity and acceptance are central to mindfulness meditation, and can help us welcome life’s detours. “Consider that not getting what you…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 13 ~ Let go of fixing, Listening is loving

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 13 ~ Let go of fixing, Listening is loving

Last year I worked with a young man who just ended a three-year relationship. I watched as he went through the process of desperately holding on, blaming himself, lashing out, and feeling completely shattered and rejected.  As a therapist I am able to stay detached from the suffering and let compassion…

40 Days of Letting:  Day 11~ Let go of self-loathing

40 Days of Letting: Day 11~ Let go of self-loathing

One of the benefits of your mindfulness practice is that you will build an awareness of the negative self-talk that proliferates your mind.  At first, this may not seem like a benefit.  Who wants to hear that voice more clearly?   That voice that’s telling you you’re and idiot, a…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 10 ~ Let go of time stress

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 10 ~ Let go of time stress

It’s interesting to note that before the coming of white settlers, some Native American tribes had no word for time – at least not time as we understand it today. The concepts of time and time stress are central to our ability to be in the present moment.  Of course…