Mindfulness Basics

mindfulness for the rest of us. Tools anyone can use to live a more calm, centered, meaningful life.

Mindful Habits for Better Sleep

Mindful Habits for Better Sleep

Sleep is one of the best things you can do for a healthy mind and healthy body. During sleep, your blood pressure drops, your muscles relax, your tissues grow and repair, hormones are regulated and energy is restored. Despite the benefits, many people struggle to get a good night’s sleep….

Rick Hanson on Letting Go

The practices — simple actions inside your mind — light up neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. And because “neurons that fire together, wire together,” each time you do a practice, it strengthens key neural circuits like building a muscle in the gym. Each practice is grounded in modern…

Yoga: Poses to Help You Let Go

You’ve heard about “letting go” in yoga class or from friends and family that want you to release tension and negative emotions from your body and mind. But how do you do it? Watch as Karen Fabian, Founder of Bare Bones Yoga, demonstrates 4 yoga poses that will help you…

Aligning Thought, Word, and Deed

Aligning Thought, Word, and Deed

  Gandhi is oft-quoted as saying “happiness is when what you think, say, and  do are in harmony.” If this is true, why do we stray from our values in thought, word, and deed? In my therapy practice, I often ask clients to take an inventory of values. I use…

How Mindfulness Can Help Resolve Childhood Trauma

How Mindfulness Can Help Resolve Childhood Trauma

The mindfulness resurgence has been a gift to us all especially in our fast paced and un-present tech-driven lifestyles. While empirical research has yet to officially conclude that mindfulness is effective with trauma/PTSD, good trauma therapists have known for decades that being aware of a trigger instead of being the…

Mindfulness for Everyone ~ A basic exercise and some science

Mindfulness for Everyone ~ A basic exercise and some science

If you’re new to the idea of mindfulness, this is a good place to begin exploring.  This corner of mindful hub is dedicated to giving you the most basic definitions, and simplest instructions to enable you to start your mindfulness practice right now.  We know you don’t have a lot…

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…

How Long Should My Meditation Sessions Be?

How Long Should My Meditation Sessions Be?

Ahhhh……. a refreshing meditation session.  I just had one before I sat down to write.  I set my Peace Alarm Clock to chime every five minutes for twenty minutes, and my mind was very cooperative.  I must confess, I’ve had other twenty-minute sessions that were not so pleasant. How long should…

Magic Questions that Decrease Anxiety

Magic Questions that Decrease Anxiety

Most of us living in the modern world  have many choices from day to day, hour to hour as to where we will focus our attention.  Shall I grab the lap-top and work on my upcoming presentation? Shall I join my family in watching a movie or playing a game? …