Teens

Mindfulness resources for tweens and teens. Tips to help mentors build motivation for contemplation at the middle school and high school level. Topics for group discussions and sharing the social benefits of mindfulness.

Mindfulness and Goal Setting

Mindfulness and Goal Setting

Mindfulness can influence goals we set by giving them a more gentle, realistic and achievable tone.  Here are some mindfulness influenced tips and ideas for setting goals:  Resist letting perception shape your goals: We all have limiting beliefs about ourselves – bad habits of thought based on past failures – It’s…

Using Mindfulness to Soften Social Anxiety

Shyness is painful at any age – and if you experience full-blown social anxiety, it can be devastating taking a toll on relationships, or stalling your education or career.  Even simple day-to-day activities, like exercising or eating in public can be difficult for someone with social anxiety.  If you suffer…

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:  How Mindfulness can Help

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: How Mindfulness can Help

There are many components of mindfulness that can help if you are ready to change obsessive thoughts or compulsive habits.   Whether or not you have a confirmed diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), these habits can be very painful and disruptive.  Symptoms of OCD include troublesome repetitive thoughts (obsessions)…

Mindfulness And Addiction

Mindfulness And Addiction

Mindfulness is for everyone, even and especially those struggling with serious addiction.  Balance and happiness free from addiction can be cultivated with the right mindfulness exercises and by truly focusing on what is actually needed, rather than on what may have been eroneously learned by a hijacked dopamine system.  By figuring out what…

Self-Care September – Tip #8:  Reflect with self-compassion

Self-Care September – Tip #8: Reflect with self-compassion

At sundown this evening the Jewish high holiday Rosh Hashanah begins, and marks the beginning of ten days to reflect on the past year.  Even though I was raised Catholic, and I’m now a Unitarian/Buddhist/Pagan…. something, I’ve always liked this idea of taking time to reflect.  Reflection at its best…

Don’t wait for perfection to celebrate

Don’t wait for perfection to celebrate

“When I get that raise, then I can relax.”  “When my son is doing better in school…..”, “When my health improves….”   Do these story lines run through your head?  If they do, consider how they are taking you out of the present moment. On your road to “some day”…

Don't wait for perfection to celebrate

Don't wait for perfection to celebrate

“When I get that raise, then I can relax.”  “When my son is doing better in school…..”, “When my health improves….”   Do these story lines run through your head?  If they do, consider how they are taking you out of the present moment. On your road to “some day”…

Be Kinder Toward Yourself and Others – Using Self-Compassion as Motivation

Be Kinder Toward Yourself and Others – Using Self-Compassion as Motivation

Looking for motivation to jump-start your mindfulness practice this fall?  Try self-compassion.  On the face of it, self-compassion might seem like the ultimate in selfishness, especially in a culture that is constantly shouting at us to do more and be better. On the contrary, practicing self-compassion is the the fastest…

Countering ‘cringe syndrome’ – Mindful Embarrassment

Countering ‘cringe syndrome’ – Mindful Embarrassment

We make mistakes.  We say stupid things, get mad, angry.  In spite of our best intentions, we do things to hurt others – and ourselves.  I personally don’t have to look back past last week to think of something I said that can cause me to cringe right here as…

Countering 'cringe syndrome' – Mindful Embarrassment

Countering 'cringe syndrome' – Mindful Embarrassment

We make mistakes.  We say stupid things, get mad, angry.  In spite of our best intentions, we do things to hurt others – and ourselves.  I personally don’t have to look back past last week to think of something I said that can cause me to cringe right here as…