• Daily Grateful: John Lennon on Love

    July 9, 2014 John Lennon talks about experiencing real love. “I was writing about things I never experienced.” The song “Love” by John Lennon Love by John Lennon/John Lennon on Grooveshark Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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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: 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: 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: 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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  • The Work: Byron Katie’s Structured, Mindful Tools

    As the story goes, one day Byron Katie, who had spent a decade in the depths of depression awakened. She realized that she was trapped by her own thoughts, but that those thoughts weren’t actually “real.” Since then, she’s created a method for helping people take back control of their world by helping them figure out how to work with, not against, thoughts. To me, it’s another form of mindfulness, although that doesn’t seem to be described prominently in The Work, the overall process that she invented. As her site describes it: In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year

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  • Daily Grateful: Simple Smiles :)

    January 21, 2014 OK, I may have gotten a little carried away… 🙂   Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful – Lion Whisperer

    January 10, 2014 “The interactions have always been boisterous. I’ve learned to de-tune my reactions. No two lions are the same. Lions have dwindled to ridiculous numbers; I’m trying to raise awareness. We will not be seen lions in 20 years if we follow along the same path.” ~ Kevin Richardson Lion Whisperer with lions (and hyenas) in the wilds of southern Africa. Um, wow? If a man can insinuate himself into a pride of lions without being torn to shreds, what ELSE is possible?

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  • Daily Grateful: What Love Looks Like

    January 9, 2014 Lovely, wonderful, smile-inducing story of love. 🙂

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  • West Meets East: Neuroscience and Buddhism

    I was watching this video from the wonderful “Greater Good Science Center” Web site the other day, and just today I was reading an interview in Shambhala Sun with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield about mindfulness and Buddhism in the Western world. It’s not news that the world of Western science and the world of Eastern philosophy are coming closer and closer together, but what’s interesting to me is that the Buddha was apparently quite aware of the plasticity of the brain long before anyone actually knew the true functions of the brain. “Letting your frontal lobe support…non-judgmental, present moment

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  • Daily Grateful: Harlow and Indi

    January 3, 2014 I just can’t help it, I love me some critters. And these two are some of the cutest. 🙂

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  • Daily Grateful: The Zen Commandments

    December 31, 2013 Thanks to my friend Daniel Woo for these “Zen Commandments” of Lama Surya Das:

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  • Daily Grateful: Some thoughts for the New Year Ahead…

    December 26, 2013 Looking ahead to 2014 Today, my parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary (Happy Anniversary Mother and Dad!) :). Some of the things they taught me include thinking about others, empathy, kindness, caring, laughing (a lot), the importance of smiling, giving, and caring. I learned the importance of sitting outside at 2 am with everyone on lawn chairs watching a meteor shower and seeing who could spot the most shooting stars. I remember the joy from the smallest things–a new album that you saved up for, unwrapped and listened to (over and over, much to my parents’

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  • Daily Grateful: Cuddling Shelter Dogs Adopted

    December 19, 2013 For me, this is one of the more touching things I’ve seen of all week. I have always felt for the most vulnerable, the forgotten, the unloved, and to see a story like this is pretty moving. One dog is blind, the other is the best friend a blind dog could have. What’s important in life? Easing the pain of other “creatures” in life. Try not to smile at this one. 🙂 (H/T to Jane for this!) From the Website: Over the past week, an adorable photo of two dogs cuddling with each other went viral online,

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  • Daily Grateful: Capturing Beautiful Moments of those who Experience too Few of Them

    December 16, 2013 What happens when you take 20 cancer patients whose thoughts are continuously consumed with their illness and give them a makeover? The results are very moving beautiful moments. This comes to us from the France-based mimi foundation (they accept donations, as well including PayPal). 🙂 Although I have no proof, per se, people who are chronically ill are probably being held hostage, at least in part, by the “freezing” component of the fight/flight/freeze response. The freezing part of this survival mechanism can turn ordinarily vibrant, engaged, and vibrant individuals into walking zombies when it constant stress causes

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