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  There is so much mindfulness meditation can teach us: how to be in touch with our thoughts and feelings; how our thoughts and feelings impact our bodies and actions; strategies to find greater focus and decrease anxiety and stress. Yet, one of the areas I’ve found to be the most beneficial has been the journey of learning along the way. This has not been a simple “open the book …

In 1998 Martin Seligman, in an address to the American Psychological Association, included in his speech the belief that, while psychology had competently researched areas such as illness and depression, and how to help heal these issues, more emphasis needed to be placed on what Seligman called “positive psychology.” Seligman defined this as “a reoriented science that emphasizes the understanding and building of the most positive qualities of an individual: …

You’ve heard about all the benefits associated with mindfulness meditation. You want to be involved, establish a practice, and experience those benefits yourself: lowered stress and anxiety; improved emotional regulation; increases in the areas of attention span, focus, and executive functioning. These sound great, but when can you fit it in? Never. You don’t “fit” mindfulness into your schedule. Rather, you make the time, and take the time. You do …

I teach people how to meditate and the most common statement I hear them utter is: I must not be very good at this. I just can’t seem to do it right. My mind keeps wandering!  Actually, hearing them say this always makes me smile. Because, guess what? This is actually a sign that they are doing it exactly right! Doesn’t make sense, you say? Let’s look at a few …

This was a busy week. Things I had let go for a while snowballed, and I was overwhelmed. Typically, this is a time for an emotional disaster. Instead, I found success. This time I kept two things to attend to, and let all the others go. I kept my family commitments, and I kept my mindfulness practice. Nothing else was important enough that I needed to throw myself into a …

UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth, established in 1999, is a leader in its mission to understand, protect and heal the brain. An inviting research center for some of the nation’s leading neuroscientists, the Center is involved in studies regarding Alzheimer’s, military personnel, dementia, teens, brain injury, reasoning training for multiple ages, athletes, and more. Those who choose to sign up for Brain Health Daily News receive links to articles published …

  Compassion, defined as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others, is a trait we’ve always valued in our personal relationships. But how often is it discussed in terms of the workplace? Is the workplace meant to be a “dog eat dog” kind of experience where everyone is out for himself, never worrying about the woes of colleagues? Or, can compassion be helpful in most, if …

My father-in-law passed away this week. A man who came into my life in late 1973, he and my mother-in-law were my second set of parents, even after their son and I divorced in 1996. Grandma and Grandpa, together, gave my children a lifetime of memories, spending time with them every weekend, attending every type of “show” in which they were participating, taking them all dressed up in their fanciest …

What we’re finding is that it is not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world is what shapes your reality.  If we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every educational and business outcome at the same time. These words, spoken by Shawn Achor at TEDxBloomington, can be life-changing. They should be life-changing. Can you imagine a world …

You’ve hit that spot where you don’t know if you’re coming or going. Like so many of us, you’re just moving from task to task, not taking time for reflection. In fact, it seems there’s no time for anything besides scrambling and trying to keep up. And, then…it hits. You just can’t take one more step toward one more goal without taking a pause, a deep breath, and a search …