As the days grow darker and winter draws near, our outdoor furry friends are settling in for the long haul. They’ve done the hard work of preparing, and now they’re reaping the benefits by slowing down and resting. Yet, humans keep missing the boat on the natural tendency to slow down during winter. Many people […]
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The Magic Bullet Called Mindfulness
In a recent Mindfulness training I gave at an organization, someone spoke up to say that though mindful practices are good, they are really nothing new. My first instinct was to ask, “If this is nothing new then why am I here?” But instead, I inquired as to how they are currently employing this “seasoned” practice […]
Sleep? What’s That?
Fruit flies do it. Fish do it. Dogs, cats, and lions do it. YOU do too—and you’re so attached to doing it that you spend a quarter of your life doing it because if you don’t, you die. SLEEP! BEAUTIFUL SLEEP. But why? Why do you suspend voluntary functions to lie supine in an unconscious […]
Are You In A Trance?
Most likely! Trance is an everyday experience. You go in and out of it all day long. For example, you are in trance and “mesmerized” when lost in thought, stare into space, daydream or fantasize. You are in a natural trance when you drive down the road and didn’t notice how you got from there […]
Facing the Challenge of Integrating Presence and Planning
Do you ever encounter ‘analysis paralysis’ in the seeming contradiction between practicing mindfulness and making purposeful plans? Whether you find yourself bursting with curiosity, tearing up with sorrow, or experiencing unbridled, exuberant elation, being present right here, right now challenges most of us beyond articulation. Likewise, forecasting a future ‘best self’ and structuring plans to achieve desires […]
How to Remain Calm in the Face of COVID19
I received an email from a friend yesterday that was so disturbing it made me stop what I was doing and think about how I could help her, and others like her, who are mesmerized by this epidemic. My friend is afraid to leave her house, afraid that her husband who is working will bring […]
Biochemistry Your Feelings
Ever wonder what makes you think, say and do what you think, say and do? What creates your behavior? It’s your biochemical/energetic self who decides what you notice or not. To the mindful hypnotist, the conclusion is clear: your body IS your mind and your mind/body recognizes, processes, remembers and learns. Someone pats you on […]
Are Migraines Messing Up Your Mojo?
As a life long migraine sufferer, I know how much these headaches can derail your productivity. They also do a number on your activities, outlooks, communications, relationships, and well, mojo. If you haven’t experienced a migraine, I can tell you that what you see on television is true. Sometimes there is no other option than […]
Don’t Just Do Something… Sit
I recently came across this quote and it got me thinking. How often do you find yourself in a situation in which whatever you do, it doesn’t produce the outcome you wanted? In the frenetic pace that often accompanies aspects of our daily lives, we find ourselves pulled into competing responses. How do we know […]
Why the Mind Matters
I’ve heard the saying “where the mind goes, (wo)man will follow.” Not understanding fully what that meant, I allowed my mind to be ruled by many things, and to travel places I never truly wanted to be. Fear, anxiety, stress, imposter syndrome—oh the places my mind would go. I became afraid to fail, anxious about […]