• 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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  • Mindful Moments are Everywhere

    This little robin was just sitting in our driveway, checking me out, but with her back to me, and I just waited, with my camera, taking a few shots, but I wanted to see it fly away when my wife and our dog Zoe came out of the house for our walk. She did and boy did she! We take things like common robins for granted, but when you see them–really *see* them–they’re as amazing as any majestic raptor. 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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  • The Beauty of Life: Amazing HD Video

    The brain reacts to and responds to whatever you present to it, whatever, in essence, you “feed” it. Showing the brain moving, beautiful images and really absorbing them in the moment is actually good for your brain. As Dr. Rick Hanson and others have explained, it takes more than simply thinking positively–we must “dwell” in positive experiences for the brain to really internalize positive moment and convert them into enhanced neural networks of happiness. That’s because our brains developed an innate tendency to help ensure our ancestors’ survival by focusing on the negative, or what’s referred as the brain’s “negative bias.” If you think about

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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: Elephant Seal Pups…and a Journalist

    April 10, 2014 Charlie Bird meets seals while travelling through Antarctica following the route of explorer Tom Crean’s final expedition alongside Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance in 1914-15. One of the more moving things I’ve seen in a while. We are connected. The animals know it, why don’t we? 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

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  • Daily Grateful: Sweet, Silly Sophie will make you Smile

    March 18, 2014 Sophie the dog is one of the sweetest, silliest dogs you’ll ever see. Just try not to smile at this one. 🙂

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  • Daily Grateful: Fox Seeks Help; Humans Oblige

    March 13, 2014 I love this, because a poor little fox cub is in a real bind and how it seeks help is, well, moving… Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: Imperfection Made Everything Possible

    March 11, 2014 For those who meditate, it’s called “practice” for a reason–there is no perfect. There are always thoughts, doubts, and more thoughts and issues of self and dwelling in the past, rather than “re-starting” in the now. There is no perfection and, as it turns out, this is true on a cosmic level, as well. You see, after the Big Bang, all matter (then just gas) was being spread out evenly in all directions as space, time, matter, and gravity were being created. But were it not for the minutest of imperfections in the gas (some very small

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  • Daily Grateful: Silent Hunters

    March 10, 2014 Today’s Daily grateful is brought to you by Tanja Askani, an incredible photographer who lives in Germany. This one is all about one of my favorite raptors, the owl. As Tanya describes this series: People have always been fascinated and intimidated by owls. They are revered and feared, admired and hunted down. While owls are considered the embodiment of wisdom, they are also known as bearers of bad luck and death in many cultures. As creatures of the night and dusk, they have an aura of secrecy. As a consequence, it is not surprising that owls appear

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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: Rescued Panther Kitten

    February 28, 2014 George Carlin once reviled people who were trying to save animals from extension and the planet in general by saying “the planet’s fine, it’s you who are going away…” And while I agree with George that our planet will probably be here long after we are gone, we owe it to the creatures of the planet–many of whom die off because of “development”–to try to do as much as we can to protect them. We are all creatures of the sun(s), not separate from, or somehow dominant over, those who are most vulnerable. Sermon over (for now!). 🙂 Yours

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  • Daily Grateful: Alan Watts and the Universe

    February 20, 2014

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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: Winter Birds in Vermont

    February 7, 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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