Young Adults

This year mindful hub will have a special focus on the unique needs of millennial young adults. Check back often to view excerpts from Donna Torney’s forthcoming book, Center Points for Young Adults: Building identity, intimacy, and youthful wisdom through contemplative practices.

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…

Anxiety is a Big Fat Liar!!

Anxiety is a Big Fat Liar!!

Learn more about befriending your nervous system by participating in the self-paced, science-based Foundations of Well-Being course taught by Neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson.  Click on the box below for details: Anxiety is a dirty rotten Liar.  Well, most of the time.  If you’re about to rob a bank, or scream at your…

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…

Self-Care September – Tip #5:  Unitasking

Self-Care September – Tip #5: Unitasking

I really did this one day: I picked up our house phone to call my husband at his office and at the same time, with my other hand, using my other ear, picked up my Iphone to check messages. Yup, that really happened. But was I really doing two things at…

Self-Care September – Tip #3: Remember Wellness

“Remembered wellness” is a phrase first coined by Dr. Herbert Benson.  It emphasizes the fact that being well is our natural state.   This is good news.  The body and mind are always seeking wellness and equilibrium.  We can easily help our physiology to remember wellness through a twenty-minute mindfulness break.  …..In…

A Self-Care Sandwhich

A Self-Care Sandwhich

What’s a self-care sandwich?  It’s two cushiony sessions of self-care, with you in the middle.  How do you build such a treat? 1.  At the start of your day, take five or ten minutes to breathe, meditate, pray, or otherwise tune into your deepest need. 2.  Whether that need is…

A Self-Care Sandwich

What’s a self-care sandwich?  It’s two cushiony sessions of self-care, with you in the middle.  How do you build such a treat? 1.  At the start of your day, take five or ten minutes to breathe, meditate, pray, or otherwise tune into your deepest need. 2.  Whether that need is…