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The Inauguration has taken place and, I don’t know about you, but I have noticed a huge number of “start-up” organizations that have decided to focus on making positive steps to ensure that our world moves in an upbeat direction with changes aplenty. Not that this is a new idea. If you do a Google Search on the phrase: “don’t complain get involved”, you will find links to religious and …

To accomplish more, you need to do less. I don’t know who first made this statement, or even figured it out, but it’s true. Think about it. You have to finish a project at work, be on time to drive a carpool, finish the laundry, and write a blog before the article goes live tomorrow. You are so frazzled just thinking about the many different things that must be accomplished …

Music has always touched me. If I’m feeling sad, I can listen to selections that will allow me to wallow in my misery, or move me from my grief back to feelings of happiness. And then there are the selections that I use for empowerment. These, I think, may be the most useful of all. Not just for me, but for many. Some songs remind me that I should never …

If you’re so mindful, why do you get upset? This is a question I often hear. Not because I’m always upset; there are many times that I feel calm…happy…relaxed…or just plain satisfied for this to be true. But, still, this is a question that seems to pop out of others’ mouths when I begin to show displeasure or agitation. This reaction to the emotional displays of those who practice mindfulness …

Media messages are often criticized. Especially when considering diverse groups of people such as women, older generations, people of color, those with disabilities, and people with alternative lifestyles, groups are often portrayed in a more stereotypical manner. Yet, sometimes it is possible to find messages that are deserving of positive attention. The movie, Bridesmaids, with Melissa McCarty as the groom’s sister, Megan, and Kristin Wiig as the bride’s long-time friend, …

Harper, an 11 year old tennis player, was the focus of her family’s decision to try establishing a mindfulness practice. The family sat through lessons together, asked questions, and learned about mindful listening and breathing, body scans, and mindful eating and walking. They also talked about ways to use the mindfulness practice during tennis matches, situations where it could be applied, and how it could be used for the parents …

As the year comes to a close with religious or family celebrations, now is a good time to take stock of the thoughts that continue to whirl through your mind. Are you thinking happy thoughts, or are all of those instances of upset on a constant loop? Do you have strategies in place that will help you reduce your times of frustration, anxiety, or memories of hurt feelings? This used …

A friend who had been ill passed away. Tears, sadness, anger…and, eventually, memories that bring smiles. When we lose a loved one, we experience a flood of thoughts and emotions. But, if we stop to think about why we are experiencing this range of emotions, we realize that the blessing of that relationship will not disappear so quickly; in fact, never. I worked with my friend for many years, but …

Recently I was asked, as a former classroom teacher and principal, what I felt had made the greatest impact on the students with whom I interacted; my response came without hesitation: I let them know they mattered and that I cared. This might be one of the biggest gifts we can give to our students, friends, family and colleagues. In fact, this may be a life-changer when it comes to …

Mindfulness is a journey. I cannot begin to count the number of times I have heard this statement. Yet, hearing educator, child psychiatrist, and founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center Dr Dan Siegel speak about the science of meditation brings even more knowledge and understanding to the subject. Siegel talks about how mindfulness helps us regulate negative emotions and put the breaks on feelings such as fear, anger, hurt or shame. And how mindfulness …