Mindfulness Basics

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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…

Gratitude Challenge – Day Twenty-seven:  Simple Tasks

Gratitude Challenge – Day Twenty-seven: Simple Tasks

Today I am grateful for simple, mundane tasks, like washing a pot, sewing a button.  We can think of these tasks as dull, or use them to strengthen our mindfulness practice……   We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!

Please Listen Carefully – Solutions Found in Silence

Please Listen Carefully – Solutions Found in Silence

Mindfulness Gives us the opportunity to ask, “what is the best thing to do in this moment?”  Open your heart, listen carefully to the wisdom inside you that has been forgotten.  It only takes a moment to stop and breathe.  Don’t ask, just listen.  It is amazing how the answer…

Formal Mindfulness Practice versus Everyday Mindfulness

Formal Mindfulness Practice versus Everyday Mindfulness

You don’t have to be sitting on a cushion to be practicing mindfulness meditation. You can actually incorporate mindfulness into your everyday activities. In fact, the goal of “formal” meditation practice, defined here as intentionally sitting with a tall spine, and focusing on your breath or another object for a…

What’s Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

What’s Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy encourages clients to take note of what is going right.  We are hard-wired to scan our environment for danger.  This capacity is what has kept us alive and evolving over the millenia.  However, this nervous system response, if left unchecked can have negative consequences on our physical…

What's Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

What's Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy encourages clients to take note of what is going right.  We are hard-wired to scan our environment for danger.  This capacity is what has kept us alive and evolving over the millenia.  However, this nervous system response, if left unchecked can have negative consequences on our physical…

Poking holes in the Story Line with Mindfulness

Poking holes in the Story Line with Mindfulness

Have you ever noticed the story line in your head?  The one that shapes your mood and dictates your actions in a not so good way?  My story line can be particularly powerful on Sunday nights.  It goes something like this “Oh my God, I’ve overbooked myself again this week!…

Mindful Attitudes – Part II

Mindful Attitudes – Part II

In our last post we looked at four attitudinal foundations of mindfulness; non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, and trust.  Today, let’s look at the last four through seven, with a bonus eighth. 4.  Non-striving. Meditation is about switching from an orientation of doing to being.  Having too many expectations for meditation…

Mindful Attitudes – Part I

Mindful Attitudes – Part I

In his book Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. lists the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness. Here are the first four. We’ll talk about the last three (plus a bonus eighth) in our next post. 1. Non-judging – Whenever the mind gets quiet the critic comes out. Training in mindfulness…