mindfulness

Holiday Wisdom: How to Have the Best Holiday Ever

It is practically cliché by now, but nonetheless true: the meaning of the holidays often gets lost in the glitter and bows, bawdy holiday parties and last-minute rushes to satisfy obligatory gift lists – each year’s craftily marketed Madison Avenue “must-haves.” This flurry of activity leaves the American public bleary-eyed and suffering, though we can’t… Read more »

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An Introduction to Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a state that can be cultivated in which one is aware of one’s present experience and responds to this experience in a non-judgmental and non-reactive way. The practice of mindfulness often leads to a sense of balance and psychological well-being. To cultivate mindfulness, you don’t need to try to create… Read more »

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As Long As We Both Shall Live: Creating a Mindful Marriage

“I, Take you, To be my (wife/husband); To have and to hold, From this day forward, For better, for worse, For richer, for poorer, In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish, As long as we both shall live.” Once the marriage vows have been exchanged, once the gifts are opened, the monogrammed… Read more »

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Benefits of Mindful Parenting

You’re running late, picking up some last-minute groceries. Your 7-year-old is dressed for baseball practice, and your 3-year-old has just kicked off her shoes in the middle of the freezer aisle. Frantically, you attempt to put her shoes back on, which sends her into a tantrum. At this exact moment, your 7-year-old catches a glimpse… Read more »

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How to Be a Mindful Business Leader

The recent movie The Internship explores the eccentric, innovative, utopia-esque work environment of Google headquarters. Most of us have heard tales of Google’s carefully crafted “adult playground,” where clever minds are nurtured with a unique mix of work and play. The stimulating and self-contained “community” created by Google captures our imaginations with the image of… Read more »

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The Importance of Choosing Your Thoughts

Time spent alone in thought can be positive – a rich environment for personal growth and creativity. Yet, getting “in our heads” can also be dangerous when we are negatively turned against ourselves. There is an important difference between introspection and rumination. Introspection can be a process of healthy self-reflection examination, and exploration, all of… Read more »

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How Mindfulness Can Save Your Relationship

In my recent blog, “The Many Benefits of Mindfulness,” I outlined how a mindfulness practice has been scientifically proven to improve our mental and physical health. The win-win effects of incorporating mindfulness into your life just seem to keep growing and expanding, interweaving into every area of our lives. Mindfulness practice doesn’t just enhance our… Read more »

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Being Green: Working Toward a Sustainable Future

Kermit the Frog was right – it’s not easy being green. When the famous Muppet and Sesame Street star performed his hit song, “Bein’ Green,” he described a lonely path of self-discovery. Kermit sang: It’s not that easy being green; Having to spend each day the color of the leaves. When I think it could… Read more »

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My Day with the Dalai Lama; A primer for happiness

The Dalai Lama smiled as he shook his head. There is no difference between the East and the West, he said. Everyone has the same “mind,” so every person has the chance to gain enlightenment – the ability to live a joyful life. He was sitting in a packed ballroom, talking to a group of… Read more »

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VIDEO: Meditation as a Way of Being in the World

In her PsychAlive interview, mindfulness expert Dr. Donna Rockwell talks about meditation as a way of “being in the world in an existential sense.” We don’t even know our own minds, you know, it’s interesting.  We live externally and it’s all about getting the right job and the right husband and the right house.  And… Read more »

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