• 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 toĀ Mother Earth? šŸ™‚ Yours in Mental Hygiene, ā€œ> The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness  

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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 explorerĀ Tom Crean’s final expedition alongside Ernest ShackletonĀ aboard the Endurance in 1914-15.Ā One of the more moving things I’ve seen in a while. WeĀ areĀ 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 entitledĀ 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: Stephen Fry – “The time to be happy is now.”

    March 25, 2014 Stephen Fry offers up a brilliant animated summary of humanism and a secret to happiness that’s not so secret (has a lot in common with mindfulness, to be honest. šŸ˜‰ Thanks to “Upworthy” for this one. Yours in Mental Hygiene, ” data-lightbox-gallery=”lightbox[gallery-B5SH] “> 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: 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, asĀ Spiritbath so aptly referred to it… Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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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 aĀ negative bias. It helps to experience moments of beauty and really dwell in, or “internalize them,” many times throughout the day.Ā 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.Ā 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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  • 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: Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. was as spiritual man. His was a connection with brothers and sisters who were different–different beliefs, religions, skin color. He shared the goal of non-violence, acceptance, and love of one another. Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness

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  • Daily Grateful: The Beautiful Now

    January 18, 2014 I was listening to the excellent Canadian radio show “Spark” on VPR earlier today (great program if you’re into thoughtful issues surrounding tech stuff, btw), and the show featured, among other things, the winner of a contest to record the most beautiful sound in the world. I know. How is that possible? Is there such a thing? Wouldn’t that be highly subjective? Answers: It’s probably not. There is such a thing. And yes, it’s very subjective. But with all these caveats, it’s pretty clear that the contest captured some incredible sounds. Brilliant, really.Ā Here’s a collage of the

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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 – 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. šŸ™‚

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  • Why Do We Hate Ourselves So Much?

    I once had this pin, and put it up on a cubicle in my workplace back in the early ’90s. Not everyone thought it was funny or even understood the “joke,” but it seems appropriate today. Only in this case, I refer not to upper management, but to our own selves administering the beatings. Why is it that we beat ourselves up here in the West? Is it because so much is expected of us ? Is it because our culture is so focused on “winners” and “losers”? Enough already? I was reading a piece by Pema Chodron recently and

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  • Daily Grateful: Zoe the Running Dog!

    January 5, 2014 Yesterday’s DG was a bit of a downer. I admit that it was borne of some less than positive feelings–! Today, I make an effort to make up for that. This was taken on our road with our dog Zoe. Wouldn’t it be great to experience moments of bliss akin to this? šŸ™‚

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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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