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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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One word that can change your life

If there was one word that would guide your actions, access your true wisdom, help you make choices that are in integrity with your true self, what would it be?   Hmmm.. that’s it…. hmmmm…..   When we stop, slow down, breathe and remain present especially in the midst of a negative reaction/exchange, our amygdyla

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Things to consider before dying

Might seem like a morbid topic, but let’s face it, we’re all going to die sooner or later so why not accept it and use it as a reason to REALLY live “your one wild and precious life” Mary Oliver.   According to research and people working in the field, noone in their last days

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Life is an Experiment

“Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.” Tony Robbins We all know we can’t always get it right the first time. However, knowing this, and taking the leap, are two different things. If we think in terms of

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Notes from the Yoga for Lower Back Workshop

These notes are for anyone who is interested in yoga poses to stretch and strengthen their lower back, and also as a refresher for those students who attended the recent “Yoga for Lower Back Care” workshop. Not all the poses have complete descriptions so you may need to google…   Lower back pain is very

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Projection

“I realized that I only judged people when they displayed a quality I could not accept in myself. If someone was a show-off, I no longer judged them because I knew that I, too, was a show-off. Only when I had completely convinced myself that I was not capable of a certain behavior would I

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The Art of Slowing Down

The world is getting busier and our biology can’t keep up.   So, we end up in a stress response, or fight-or-flight, for most of our waking hours. We respond to more stimuli in a day than our ancestors did in their lifetime.  We are not built for this… we are built to get stressed,

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