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Beginner’s Mind

Beginner’s Mind

How wonderful it can be to engage in the practice of Beginner’s Mind! For those of you who have babies, it can be easy to learn. Just watch your baby! They embody this practice. Some mindfulness teachers have even dubbed this attitude “Baby Mind”. Babies are naturally curious without an agenda of how they want things to go. […]

Gratitude: Mindfulness Attitude of the Season

Gratitude: Mindfulness Attitude of the Season

Tis the season to feel grateful. What are you grateful for? How do you know when you are feeling grateful in the moment? How does it feel in your body? Are you able to receive it fully, going slow enough to take it in? These are all good questions to ponder as we move into […]

Patience

Patience

A friend of mine tells a story of a time when she was at the food co-op with her four kids and about to get on the checkout line with a cart full of food. Just as she was getting to the cash register, a single man walked up with just a few items. She […]

Contractions of life

Contractions of life

When the “contractions” of life hit, I sometimes remember that I have a mindfulness practice and some focusing skills and put them to good use. Yay! Other times I FLUNK the test. Boo! I believe my thoughts and create more suffering. It happens. It is called Being Human. When I feel myself getting stuck, judgment […]

Letting Go

Letting Go

I have been playing with letting go a lot lately in my life. It can help me to notice when the opposite is present- when I am holding on. Ever have these thoughts? “I really want/need this…”! “I have to say this ‘very important thing’ (and interrupt my friend)”! “I just have to finish this […]

Eat your ice cream

Eat your ice cream

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we tend to try to understand and evaluate our experiences.  Is this good?  Is this bad?  Do I like this?  Is this for me?  What is this all about anyway?  This is natural and it is just a game the mind likes to play.  It likes to make […]

The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada

My view is that mindfulness is about being fully human. Being aware. Being alive. That means being as You Are Now. Messy, happy, irritable, relaxed, sad, disappointed, loving…  The whole enchilada. Staying with yourself in those moments of difficulty without judging yourself. Allowing things to be as they are. Breathing consciously when you remember and […]

What if the answers we seek are within?

What if the answers we seek are within?

Always we hope that someone else has the answer, some other place will be better, some other time it will all turn out. This is it. No one else has the answer. No other place will be better. And it has already turned out. At the center of your being you have the answers. And [...]
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