• 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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  • 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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  • Practice does not Make Perfect…

    …but it certainly helps! Imperfection. It’s what enabled the universe as we know it to come to be in the first place. It’s a commonly held belief among astrophysicists and cosmologists that if the Big Bang’s energy had been completely uniform, we would not exist. The imperfections in the heat and dispersal of energy from the birth of our universe actually enabled gravity to take hold and enabled gasses to coalesce into denser and denser matter, enabling gravity to take hold and create stars and planets. All due to the slightest of imperfections. Imperfection, one could therefore say, is the

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  • Daily Grateful – Happy

    January 14, 2014 This will make you smile. It might even make you happy for a few moments! 🙂 Turn it up and make some room. (to my best friends: you make me happy…)

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  • Daily Grateful: Jack Kornfield’s Helpful Re-Minders

    Jack Kornfield is a highly regarded teacher of Buddhism and mindfulness. He offered up these beautiful re-minders today. You can visit Jack’s Facebook page here.  

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  • Thich Nhat Hanh: New Year’s Eve Talk 2014

    The Practice of Mindfulness is the Practice of Happiness a talk by Thich Nhat Hanh. From tnhaudio.org.: This talk by Thich Nhat Hanh is from the Lower Hamlet of Plum Village on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 on the occasion of New Years Eve. It is the fourteenth talk of the 2013-2014 Winter Retreat. This talk is in English. The talk begins with a lovely guided meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh followed by a teaching on compassion to help us listen to the monastics chanting. The second half of the talk focuses on love and healing our suffering. 00:00-10:15 Guided Meditation

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  • Anxiety, Survival, and Wellness

    Anxiety and Survival: Genetically Complementary As it turns out, much of the negativity that humans experience–fear, anxiety, stress response–all are a a natural development in the brain. It’s all a survival mechanism that developed over millennia to “protect” us. But today, we don’t need to escape lions (for the most part) or tribes (for the most part), but the brain doesn’t know that–or much care. If there’s a threat, real or imagined (and most fears for the modern human are often imagined), the brain swings into action to “save the day.” And for the most unlucky people, it can wind

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  • Note to Self: Be Kind (to Yourself) — The Importance of Self-Compassion

    The Importance of Self-Compassion Someone every close to me told me some years ago: “you need to be kinder to yourself.” I thought, “What does that mean? I buy good wine (because life’s too short to do otherwise), I exercise regularly, I enjoy the fruits of my labor. What else is there?” I didn’t understand then that her suggestion had nothing to do with those “earthly” pursuits, and that, in fact, she was referring to the way I treated myself–often on a spectrum ranging from self-doubt and consistent self-recrimination to the extremes of self-loathing (and the associated various and well

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