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.

Gentle Fall Transition:  Day Ten – Plan, come back to now, repeat.

Gentle Fall Transition: Day Ten – Plan, come back to now, repeat.

Plan.  Come back to now.  Plan.  Come back to now. focus on something pleasant.  One small, likable thing, Before you once again plan, and again come back to now. Why bother coming back to now?  Now, full of imperfection, distraction, uncertainty, worry? Because now is the only place to heal….

Gentle Fall Transition:  Day nine – Let things be unfinished

Gentle Fall Transition: Day nine – Let things be unfinished

Let things be unfinished.  Stop folding the laundry and go to bed.  Leave the dishes and take a walk with a friend. One of the central tenets of the Japanese art of Wabi Sabi is that nothing is ever finished.    Think about this idea for a second or two….Isn’t…

Gentle Fall Transition: Day Eight – Change your mind

Gentle Fall Transition: Day Eight – Change your mind

You have the right to change your mind. Summer is about to end.  Schedules are filling up.  Did you over-commit yourself?  Did you sign up for a class you don’t like?  Join a committee that is cutting into family time?  Say yes to a second date you aren’t sure about?…

How much to pack into the stream of life?

How much to pack into the stream of life?

Dan Siegal talks about the “river of wellness.”  On one bank we have rigidity.  This is behavior that is inflexible, guarded, unforgiving.  On the other bank we have It’s hard to swim in the middle of the river if we try to pack too much into the stream of life….

The good and bad of journaling

The good and bad of journaling

Is Journaling a mindful activity or is it just a way to strengthen bad thought patterns and hang on to bad feelings? Recently I went through some old journals I’ve been keeping for writing ideas.  I was struck by some of my repetitive “story lines.”   Frankly I became bored…

FOMO – and other ways of feeling left behind

FOMO – and other ways of feeling left behind

If you are feeling disappointed, maybe even envious, because of a “missed” opportunity, it is a good time to apply mindfulness.  Here are three mindfulness tips that can help you feel like you are in the right place at the right time. Still feeling left behind? Check out these posts…

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…

Lonely? Be Yourself

Lonely? Be Yourself

Having the courage to be your true self can be terrifying, yet we often block opportunities for true intimacy because of this fear. Never letting your guard down might give you the illusion of safety, but the armor we wear can also lead to isolation, a sense of loneliness, and…

Using Mindfulness to Manage Anger

Using Mindfulness to Manage Anger

One of the best reasons for having a regular mindfulness practice is that you will be able to access calm when you need it – like when you’re on a long car ride with your kids and they’re in the back seat swatting each other and you’re about to blow…

Mindfulness in a Crisis

Mindfulness in a Crisis

We all face them.  Small bothersome ones and big earth-shattering ones.  Those sudden, unexpected events that change the natural order of our world.  Mindfulness can help during these times, helping us make better decisions, and trust in the unfolding of life.  Check out our new worksheet about using mindfulness to…