Posts in the ‘Mindfulness’ Category

Sweet Pea Serenity

During a recent visit to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I experienced the awesome sights, smells and sounds of nature every day: The colorful sandstone cliffs and Caribbean-blue waters at Pictured Rocks, the Lake Superior shoreline at Grand Marais making its way in sweeping curves along rocky beaches toward the sand dunes and sandstone cliffs, and the

Beauty in My Own Backyard

When confusion or pain seems to tighten what is possible, when sadness or frustration shrinks your sense of well-being, when worry or fear agitates the peace right out of you, try lending your attention to the nearest thing . . . Give your full attention over to the nearest patch of life–to how an apple

What We’re Meant to Be

The books I’ve been reading are trying to tell me something. I’m listening. First it was Quiet which helped me understand that a predisposition to introversion has many merits and that it’s perfectly OK to be “the quiet type.” Now it’s Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani which helped me understand what my purpose

The Mindfulness Bell: A Tool for Awareness

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011   The Mindfulness Bell: A Tool for Awareness   Rather than worrying about the future or mulling over the past, I am practicing staying in the present. It’s not easy! In fact, it’s much easier to get pulled into the “thought stream” of planning, worrying, remembering, regretting, and on and on.

Life Unplugged

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011   Life Unplugged   Rushing and multitasking is the M.O. for many of us these days. We’re hot-wired into our smart phones, iPods, laptops and more. I marvel at my daughter as she surfs the net on her laptop, texts on her cell phone, and watches TV out of the corner

The Short Form of Meditation

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011   The Short Form of Meditation   For many people, the thought of meditation is intriguing, however, finding the time to practice meditation every day may be a barrier—or even a deal breaker. That’s why it’s wonderful to know that there is a “short form” of meditation. The short form is

Why Hide Perfection?

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010 Why Hide Perfection? Halloween is over, but most of us insist on wearing costumes every day. My virtual closet has a costume for every occasion. Those I rely on most often are: Clipboard Girl (AKA Everything’s In Order: Don’t Mess It Up) Serious Sue (AKA This is No Time for Fun

The Problem with Positive Thinking

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010   The Problem with Positive Thinking   In my previous post, I mentioned that my mind tends to default to negative thoughts. Of course, this state of mind is no fun and I would like to find a better way. Anyone with me? Over the last several years, I’ve been plagued

Brewing Thoughts

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010   Brewing Thoughts   This week I attended the first of a series of “Wisdom Heart” classes taught by Lisa Davidson, a social worker in the Lansing, Michigan area. The program is designed to help people live life in a way that honors their greatest wisdom and deepest heart—their sense of

Go With the Flow: Injury-free Walking and Running

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009   Go With the Flow: Injury-free Walking and Running   Although ChiWalking and ChiRunning have been around for more than five years, I just came across the concept at Ken Andrew’s Really Be There booth at the 2009 Healthy & Fit Magazine Expo in Lansing. Ken Andrews is a local certified ChiWalking and ChiRunning instructor and Really Be There

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