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I just finished eight days of watching grandchildren, three of which included having their Grandpa E along for the fun. Watching young children may present a few challenges for those who don’t have this pleasure on a daily basis, but the positives of such a situation outweigh the negatives, by far. And, as one who is accustomed to practicing mindfulness, it is amazing how these young children so easily live …

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Adults have been talking about stress, anxiety, and depression for years. Dr. John Kabat-Zinn created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the late 1970s at the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Clinic. Later, Deepak Chopra, along with David Simon, founded the Chopra Center in the mid-1990s with the goal of providing “experiences, education, teacher trainings, and products that improve the health and wellbeing of body, …

Winter vacation is almost upon us. Many colleges have already finished final exams, and high schools are similarly ready, along with their K-8 counterparts, to release the kids to parental oversight after completing school celebrations, performances, and other end-of-semester rituals. Martha Graham, an American modern dancer and choreographer, once said, Make the moment vital and worth living; do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused. Might you decide to …

When was the last time you tried learning something completely new? Not only new, but something in an area in which you have NEVER been even moderately good, much less talented or naturally inclined. Welcome to my world. For the past three weeks I have been fighting with my computer, photography lights that I’m supposed to arrange myself, an external microphone that requires my office space be completely padded in …

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic, the Center for Mindfulness, and the mindfulness meditation guru who founded Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has made many memorable quotes, but the one that resonates the most with me is As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you. This, I believe, says it all. Or, all we really need to know, anyway. …

Balance. Thanksgiving is over and all the members of your family are ready to get back to the business at hand: jobs; school; carpools; extracurricular activities for the kids. All of the details of daily living that are sometimes overwhelming, sometimes boring, and sometimes just plain wonderful. Does it ever seem that it would all be fabulous, if only there could be more balance involved? It’s true that there is …

Megan Trainor hit the music scene singing about bass, knowing when someone’s lying because lips are moving, and messages for future husbands. All are fun little songs that get your feet tapping, and you find yourself singing or humming along. But her song entitled Like Im Going to Lose You sends a message that couples, parents, children, friends, and, really, anyone who holds love or care for someone else, needs …

We live in a dangerous world today. We need only watch the news to hear of another incident regarding a branch of the military, the police, or firemen; they are always involved in something that makes the news. Sometimes members of these organizations are in the right, and sometimes they are not, but, when push comes to shove, I will always be mindful of the sacrifices others are making on …

Mindful eating? Why in the world would that be a good idea? Or even necessary?! Elementary school students were asked to ponder this question during mindfulness lessons over the last few days. Students recalled being so distracted by watching television while eating dinner that they ended up knocking plates and silverware off the dining table. Others revealed that they had almost put spoons in their ears or onto cheeks, instead …

Every cloud has a silver lining. This saying, heard so often, has a message that almost gets lost unless you’re learning about mindfulness. Elementary students with whom I work on a weekly basis all had a chance to think about the impact of positive and negative thinking. Students learned that having a pessimistic outlook often resulted in sadness, upset, or other negative feelings, while those who looked for the good …