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How often do you listen to the woes of a friend of family member, and do only that: just listen? While many of us want to try to offer a solution and help solve problems for others, active listening may just be the biggest gift you can offer to someone else. Enter the Crisis Text Line, a free text service that offers exactly this: active listening. The service operates free …

Sunday, February 21… Single Tasking Day. According to the Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth: We are all too familiar with multitasking, but rarely do we focus on one task at a time, or single tasking. Cognitive testing and brain imaging research reveals that multitasking can cause shallower thinking, increased errors, and a dramatic negative decrease on mental processing. On Sunday, instead of multitasking, strive to perform tasks sequentially and remember to …

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 …

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 …

Some people think of a gift as something one receives for a birthday, or anniversary. While I can agree that this is the case, I find I have begun to place additional value on the more standard occurrences that are included within my daily experiences, and I consider myself quite fortunate that they are there. I love looking at my back yard, and can barely contain my thanks for the …

Distractions are apparently more than just a little nuisance. Pulling your attention away from one activity to something else can result in a plethora of problems: forgetting where you were on a project, forgetting what changes were already made, or even forgetting to get back to the project altogether! These, and more, are all potential issues. And what could serve as a distraction? Someone coming to say hi, asking a …

A friend needs a push in the right direction. She wants information, but doesn’t feel comfortable asking. She did, however, share her thoughts with you, and you do the asking for her. She’d love to work on that next project, but feels overshadowed by a co-worker. That’s when you speak up on her behalf, and suggest to the boss that she would be a great addition to the team. She …

As an educator I have learned that there’s nothing quite like those teachable moments. The lesson is planned and organized,  the topic has been introduced to the students, and then…something happens that pretty much tosses the lesson plan out the window, but, can you believe it?…just brings your point home. It wasn’t on my agenda, I didn’t know it was going to happen, it brought a bit of chaos to …

  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 …

Sometimes people need to hear the message from a variety of sources. So, watch away! Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,” a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today’s world of digital distractions. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/ The following is a script from “Mindfulness” which aired on Dec. 14, 2014. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta, producer. Matthew Danowski , editor. …