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Shining the spotlight on Mindtrap #1!

“I’ve had a great many troubles in my life… most of which never happened.” Mark Twain Do you worry about the future? Has what you worry about ever happened, and in the meantime how much time have you spent rocking your nervous system and taking yourself out of the present moment? We are the only

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Don’t believe everything you think

I hinted last week that we would talk about the biggest mindblocks to happiness this week, so here we go. But wait, what is this happiness we are looking for? Oh yes, happy thoughts and happy feelings. So, what gets in the way? Unhappy thoughts that lead to unhappy feelings. OK, so let’s start with

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The easiest way to melt stress fast!

I was in a yoga class last week when the teacher said something like “Notice the spot where you feel tightness, touch it, acknowledge it, let it know you feel it so it doesn’t have to produce a stress response.” One simple statement. A million implications. Not only did my mind go to the spot

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Resistance is futile: Accept your experience

“When we argue with reality, we lose, but only 100% of the time” Byron Katie   How many times have you gone over and over something in your head that has already happened? How much time and energy has been spent on reliving something that “shouldn’t have happened”, but, in fact, did.  Or, perhaps there

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Fear or Excitement?

” Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson   Think for a moment about going on a roller coaster…. what do you sense in your body? Probably if you’re like me, it’s a combination of butterflies in your stomach, tightness in your chest and restriction in your

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We are wired…

for connection. We are intimately connected to others in the grand web of human design. When we feel disconnected or lonely we are simply forgetting our connection. Feeling lonely is a natural human emotion.   “When you tug on a single thing in nature, you find it attached to the rest of the world” John

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I declare war….

doesn’t sound very mindful does it? But sometimes you have to commit fully to something… I declare war on one, or maybe two words…..  good and busy.   “It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” ~Henry David Thoreau   We are in a culture

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It’s time to stop…

“If it feels right, do it.” Oprah   Why is the fear of public speaking worse that the fear of death?  Because one of the biggest fears people have is what others think of them. It may not even be a big, obvious monster fear, but a small worry that keeps you smaller than you

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What is your story?

We all have stories… some good, some not so good.. about our lives. Some stories are true, some are purely perceptions, and some are not true at all. The stories we tell determine how we feel and what we look for in our day, and ultimately, how we live our lives. Our stories can cause

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Avoidance: necessary or harmful?

An interesting question was raised in the last Mindfulness group regarding when is it OK to avoid an anxiety-provoking situation or person, and when is it maladaptive………. is mindfulness ie. being with the present moment no matter what… always indicated?   This came on the heels of an article I received the same day by

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