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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…

New Ideas for Better Sleep – Part IV:  What kind of noise keeps you up at night?

New Ideas for Better Sleep – Part IV: What kind of noise keeps you up at night?

Tackling insomnia in a deliberate, thoughtful and natural way is easier when you break down ‘sleep noise’ into three different categories: 1.  Environmental noise is the most strait-forward and obvious type of sleep noise.  To eliminate environmental noise, start where you have the most control – your bedroom.  Our expanded definition of…

On Marketing Mindfulness

On Marketing Mindfulness

We interrupt this themed blog series for important commentary!  I just finished reading an article from Tricycle.com entitled From Monastery to Marketplace in which the author (who himself is promoting a book about Buddhist Meditation and American Culture) is quite disparaging about lay people teaching, promoting and “selling mindfulness.”  While I…

New Ideas for Better Sleep – Part II – Time out of time

New Ideas for Better Sleep – Part II – Time out of time

This weekend I spent some time at Camp O-AT-KA on Sebago Lake in Maine.  It’s a throw-back boys camp reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kindom (but no one escapes from Camp O-AT-KA so please send your boys!). At Camp O-AT-KA time is measured by bugle calls.  When I asked my…

New Ideas for Better Sleep

New Ideas for Better Sleep

I recently attending a conference for therapists called  “Healthy Sleep and Dreaming” led by Rubin Naiman at the 35th annual Cape Cod Institute.  Many of Dr. Rubin’s suggestions are based on becoming more mindful about our relationship with sleep.    The next few blog articles will be devoted to the…

App Review:  Calm and Calm.com

App Review: Calm and Calm.com

Here at mindful hub we are all about making mindfulness accessable to busy people.  Every so often we like to highlight an app, a CD or a book that helps with the mindfulness habit.   Calm is a simple but informative app that has a sister website, calm.com.  Together these…

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

It looks as though spring has finally really come to New England.  I look out my window and I see trees and shrubs dressed in a rare yellow-green that will only last a week or two.  Even here in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a town jarred by the recent Boston Marathon tragedy,…

Flow in the middle of the River

Flow in the middle of the River

One way to envision mindfulness and healthy balance, author Dan Siegal writes in his book, Mindsight, is to picture yourself flowing in the middle of a river, with one riverbank signifying chaos and the other signifying rigidity.  A chaotic mind tends toward impulsivity and compulsion, when expressed at its worst…

Letting Go Project, day three ~ Spring clean your mind

Letting Go Project, day three ~ Spring clean your mind

Yesterday we posted some guidance for wanting what you have. Did you find this to be difficult?  It can be easier to want what you have if you get rid of the stuff that is no longer useful to you, then the things that delight you stand out like shining…

Mindful Breathing Demonstration

Watch this short video with Karen Fabian of bare bones yoga.  These breathing exercises will make you feel instantly calmer, and they’re great to practice before a formal meditation session, or in a pinch if you are feeling agitated.  (NOTE:  Click on ‘playlist’ at the bottom of the video, scroll…

More Help for Fostering Self-Compassion

More Help for Fostering Self-Compassion

As we continue to move into the busyness of fall, we will continue our focus on self-compassion.  We have recently updated our forum to make it a true community of mindfulness practitioners.  We are looking forward to communicating with mindful hubsters from all over the world!  Our forum has a…