mindfulness

New Year Pressure?

New Year Pressure?

Feeling the pressure of a new year? Maybe the disappointment of another year gone by, and somewhere along the way you lost sight of all those shiny 2018 goals? NEW YEAR NEW YOU?!

Yeah. I’ve been reading people’s posts about goals and resolutions and “ARE YOU READY”s - I even posted about it myself once , and I stand by that advice and those strategies, but something in me has shifted and right now all of that JUST MAKES ME FEEL STRESS AND PRESSURE. So here is what I propose instead, and what I came into myself in the homestretch of 2018:

HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL?

Resisting Quiet: Why Meditation Can Be Scary

Resisting Quiet: Why Meditation Can Be Scary

DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF RESISTING QUIET? FINDING ALL THE WAYS TO FILL THE SPACE?

I MEDITATE. DAILY. AND YET, I STILL SOMETIMES RESIST THE OPEN, THE QUIET, THE UNSTRUCTURED. ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE'S SOMETHING THERE THAT NEEDS MY ATTENTION. BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN IT'S SCARY

Standards vs Perfectionism

Standards vs Perfectionism

Standards are about meeting your best effort, at your growing edge, where you are NOW. As you grow, so do your standards. Perfectionism is about control. Control has the appearance of, well, control, but it's really about fear. 

So, Why Meditate? My Top 5 Reasons

So, Why Meditate? My Top 5 Reasons

SO, WHY MEDITATE?

Studies are great, but I don't need a study to tell me why I should meditate. Observing to my own body, mind, and emotions are more than enough. (And yeah, if you google meditation benefits, you'll likely find all of these listed somewhere, just probably without the swear words.) 

HERE'S MY TOP 5 REASONS WHY I MEDITATE. 

Mantra for hope, and when things don't go your way.

Mantra for hope, and when things don't go your way.

This, or something better.  

That's my mantra these days. And I really like it.  Mantras may seem cheesy, but sometimes you need something, and I find more and more that your outlook really does shape your experience. 

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness, meditation, being in the present moment - whatever name you give it, what was once reserved for the Buddhists, yogis, or new-agey folks is finally catching on as a legitimate practice in mainstream Western culture. And for good reason. Beyond just anecdotal evidence, Harvard has now scientifically proven the benefits of meditation on the brain. In the Harvard study, a group of participants spent an average of 27 minutes engaged in daily mindfulness exercises for eight weeks. Pre and post magnetic resonance images of the mindfulness participants found "increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection." So meditation not only makes you smarter, it also makes you a kinder, more thoughtful person.