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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 …

I began writing this blog on Tuesday, November 8, at about 2:30 pm. Long before the results of the day’s election had been determined. And, while I had a very strong personal preference for a particular presidential candidate, I believed it would have been foolish to say either candidate had an easy road to victory. The only thing that could be reasonably presumed was that Wednesday, November 9, would come, and …

How often do you feel you are heard? How often do people pay attention to your upsets or moods? Apparently many of us seem to feel we’re lacking in that particular area. To highlight this point, let’s talk specifics: A store with which many of us are familiar has had a One-to-One program; participants could make an appointment for a particular amount of time, go to the store, and meet …

Brain research has clear suggestions for how study skills can best be applied so children can learn more information at a faster pace and in less stressful ways. There are always students who will benefit from these techniques at an early age; they may have a harder time with information recall, or maybe they find it difficult to apply information, need more repetition, or have a diagnosed learning difference. Compare …