• Daily Grateful: Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 10, 2014 This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the one who brought us into being on the planet. So, this Mother’s Day, why not show some gratitude to Mother Earth? 🙂 Yours in Mental Hygiene, “> The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness  

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  • Daily Grateful: On this Earth Day, Don’t be Afraid, We’re All Connected

    April 22, 2014 Everything that you’ve ever known, thought about, or experienced, was the ultimate result of collapsing stars. This isn’t conjecture, it’s hard science. Doesn’t matter whether we want to acknowledge it or not: we are all connected. Everything around us–hell, us included–is just a different manifestation of stuff that was previously something else: all the molecules and atoms, all the different elements that were created by different types of stars, they’re all we are. This shouldn’t be a source of a fear, but of wonderment, and for me, it’s a spiritual feeling of connectedness. Looking up at the night

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  • Daily Grateful: Prepare to Smile!

    April 17, 2014 Nothing much to say about this other than “smile!” 🙂 Why Daily Grateful? [grat-i-tood, -tyood] noun, the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. In an article entitled In Praise of Gratitude,according to the Harvard Medical School, Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other

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  • Daily Grateful: Be Aware, Not Wary

    March 30, 2014 Taking in the good is….good for you. You’ve heard the phrases, “Give me a moment,” or “Let me take a moment.” Moments are all we have. They’re gifts; little parcels of space-time that enable us to live more fully. By enabling/permitting ourselves to dwell in the moments of life more deeply, we’re actually helping shape our brain to do positive things. In today’s post, Rick Hanson explains how that helps–from a technical point of view, while increasingly well-known Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh explains it as only he can. I love that modern science and ancient teachings have finally

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  • Daily Grateful: Focus, Music, Longevity

    March 7, 2014 This holocaust survivor talks about the importance of living.  Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: An Artistic Helping Hand

    March 3, 2014 Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness  

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  • Daily Grateful: Man Saves Deer Trapped on Ice

     February 21, 2014 “A man in Minnesota saw a Facebook post about some deer stuck on the ice in the middle of a frozen lake. The exhausted animals had been sprawled out there for a couple days, so James pretty much became a hero when he and his dad used their hovercraft vehicles to stage a rescue.” (source)

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  • Daily Grateful: Alan Watts and the Universe

    February 20, 2014

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  • Daily Grateful: Hugs and Smiles

    February 18, 2014 The point isn’t to succeed without challenges or struggles–the point is to succeed by overcoming the challenges and struggles, and move through them. Best restaurant in the world, as Spiritbath so aptly referred to it… Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Mindful Practice: A Neophyte Buddhist Shares His Story

    I’ve been practicing mindfulness in one form or another off and on for years (reflective humility can constitute mindfulness), but mostly inconsistently–and that’s the one thing that people who want “results” cannot afford to do: practice inconsistently. Nope, it’s only those who practice, practice, practice (consistently) who tend to get results and rewire themselves for their brans for mindfulness. Second, being “solo” and practicing mindfulness on your own can certainly work, but there is a strong argument to be made for self-improvement in a group. After all, we’re wired for the group–it was the only way our ancestors survived and

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  • Daily Grateful: It’s a Beautiful Day

    February 14, 2014 Something to remember, regardless of whether you like the weather…! 😉

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  • Daily Grateful: Fox Sounds

    February 11, 2014 Here’s what happens when a grateful creature sees its caretaker: According to the post on YouTube: This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because

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  • Daily Grateful: Emergency Puppies!

    February 8, 2014 The Daily Grateful is one way to “take in the good,” which is helps rewire yourself, especially if your brain has a negative bias. It helps to experience moments of beauty and really dwell in, or “internalize them,” many times throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a major event, it just has to a moment or series of moments that make you feel good or simply put a smile on your face. Take the time to embrace the many joys that are available to you; really dwell in those moments, and your brain’s neural wiring will reward you

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  • What is mindfulness again, anyway?

    Of all the things I realized that I’ve never posted, mindfulness is, surprisingly, at the top of the list. Odd. Well, it’s odd for a blog that’s called The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness. So, in an effort to address that void and provide some clarity on the subject from my point of view, I’ve included some brief descriptions and definitions from my brain to yours, below. Being in the Moment: Children are, Adults, not so much. The truth of the matter is that we are comprised of actions and behaviors that become largely ingrained in our brains as “habits.” As

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  • Daily Grateful: Creatures Who Love You

    January 31, 2014 The Daily Grateful is one way to “take in the good,” which is required to really rewire yourself. According to Rick Hanson, it helps to do this many times throughout the day to counter-balance the brain’s negative bias. It doesn’t have to be a lot, it just has to make you feel good and you have to stay with that feeling for a little while. Take a moment to embrace the smiles that are available to you, and really dwell in those moments. Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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