• 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: A Visual and Aural Feast

    January 15, 2014 First, I just wanted to say that I’m a visual person: I love graphics, I love pictures, I love movies. I see art, literally, everywhere! The Buddha you see to the right was a bronze statue at my good friend’s house (thanks, Carol!) and I had to mess around with it. (Click here to see the original.) A Visual and Aural Feast, Indeed. So when I saw some amazing pictures from a Russian photographer earlier today (below), I had to share them. They’re absolutely brilliant. I also love music, and because I think the two senses go so

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  • Daily Grateful: Alaskan Husky Pup Howls for the First Time

    December 22, 2013 Taking in the good is a key to rewiring your brain, and sometimes it’s just as simple as experiencing something pure and joyful. God, I love this. Creatures being creatures in the sweetest way possible. The universe can be harsh and unforgiving, but it can also be beautiful. And this is beautiful. Enjoy. Yours in mental hygiene, The ancient brain and modern mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: A Couple of Firsts…

    December 20, 2013 One can be too focused on the past, leading to depressing thoughtsof longing that can lead to looping negativity. But remembrances of times when things were SO incredibly new and fun can be healthy. Just as eyes are less clear over time as we age, so too can our experiences of events and things be dulled (and not just ushumans–think how kittens change into cats who just sort of look at you after a while. They don’t attack your feet as much, ya know?). Enjoy these firsts and rekindle the wonderment of youth! 🙂 THE TRAIN ARRIVAL

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  • Doing Good by Helping Youth Do Well

    When I used to live in Washington, DC, one of my favorite things to do was to drive up to Baltimore (“Balmer”) and get soft shell grabs and bad beer at a bar near the water. It was a great time, and I miss that simple pleasure. Such a different city from DC, and really a very interesting one. Baltimore has become known to millions the world over  for HBO’s “The Wire,” a series that delves deeply into the drug culture of Baltimore. But there’s a lot more to this town, and one organization is doing their best to prove

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