Well Being Right Now

Pithy little posts to inspire people to sit down right now!

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day One ~ Let go of perfection

40 Days of Letting Go: Day One ~ Let go of perfection

The pursuit of perfection is insidious in our culture.  I could write volumes on its negative effect on our lives.  But in keeping  with the spirit of the letting go project, I want to offer you a short meditation on letting go of perfection. In my therapy practice, letting go…

Mindful Summer Reading – The 2015 picks

Mindful Summer Reading – The 2015 picks

It seems like we were just walking through slush and already we find ourselves at mid-summer, but there is still plenty of time to hit he beach with a good read.  I have some suggestions that will not only entertain you, but build your mindfulness skills.  Whether you are a…

Mindfulness on Vacation

Mindfulness on Vacation

Want to take your next vacation twice? How about a dozen times? It’s possible relive your vacation as many times as you would like if you practice being in the present moment while you are laying by the pool, hiking you favorite mountain, or seeing the sights. One of the…

The Myth of Consistent Energy

The Myth of Consistent Energy

We live in a society that perpetuates the myth that we should be performing at our absolute best 100 percent of the time.  This is just not the way we are wired.  We are part of nature and all we have to do is look at natural cycles for a…

What Happens When You Stop?

What Happens When You Stop?

What happens when you stop? Instant peace?  If only….. more likely, thoughts like these: “If I just think of everything nothing will go wrong……” Stop anyway.  These thoughts are just lies that your sympathetic nervous system is telling you. On the other side of pausing?  Well peace eventually, but maybe first…

Get Rid of the Venom

Sometimes you just have to blow off some steam.  Watch this quick trick led by mindfulness coach Shanti Douglas If you like this clip, join us for the Foundations of Well-Being Training to learn more about mindfulness and emotion regulation.  

Flirting With Your Frontal Lobes

Flirting With Your Frontal Lobes

My husband used to say that flirting was fun because it made people feel good, and the science behind flirting backs up his belief.  However I have worked with many teens, young adults, and yes, full-grown adults who have been the “victims” of flirting in that they feel misled or toyed with…

Quality over Quantity  – Stop bragging about being over-booked

Quality over Quantity – Stop bragging about being over-booked

In our culture it’s a point of pride to be over scheduled, stressed, and frazzled.  Anything else qualifies us as lazy, unmotivated, and (gasp!) average.  True story:  I overheard the following conversation in a restaurant in Harvard Square last fall.  I assume  it was parents’ weekend at Harvard, for as…

A Four-Point Plan for Cultivating Healthier Use of Technology

The Gift of a Broken Laptop …….. I had been planning on paying a visit to the Apple geniuses after the holidays but alas, my laptop became stuck between two operating systems on December 23, making it impossible for me to access any of my documents.  I quietly tried to…

The Science of Mindfulness Presented in Three Minutes

With so many benefits of mindfulness summarized for you here in three minutes, you’ll want to have your cushion handy for minutes four, five and six….. We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!