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Mindfulness is an area that is creating an extraordinary amount of attention these days. From the impact of mindfulness on the Seattle Seahawks, to boosting test scores, and improving cardiovascular health, we are made aware of the vast array of benefits from almost every corner of society. The Mayo Clinic is even on board, listing the benefits of a mindfulness practice as  reduced stress, anxiety and depression, less rumination, and …

My mornings used to be like a space shuttle launch: 3-2-1…woosh! I’d jump out of bed, check email before heading into the shower, respond to email while drying my hair and eat breakfast on the way to my first appointment. I had so much to do that I couldn’t imagine wasting even one second. Little did I know that “full speed ahead” was actually costing me efficiency and productivity. Over …

The plans are made; everybody’s going to be there. And then, right before the big event, the phone call comes. “There is a glitch; the guy has a conflict.” What?! My first reaction to this call was to send an upset, possibly angry, email. An email…not a phone call. Not a Facetime session. Why? Because we somehow feel able to say things in an email that we would never say …

Referred to as The #1 Health-Booster in 2015 by Parade Magazine, meditation is, once again, making its presence known to even the most skeptical. But the proof is in the pudding. Scientists, politicians, celebrities, and children ….and anyone else with a consistent practice…is marveling at the benefits resulting from meditation. Slowly, and with some, more slowly than others, people are realizing that this is a practice that can be done …

The new year has arrived! It’s a perfect time to make a habit of the practices that will bring you the greatest amounts of happiness and contentment. Not sure what to try first? See if something from this list helps you get started: START MOVING–Develop a fitness routine that is reasonable and sustainable. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing; this is your time! Make sure to include components …

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. …

I’ve always been a journal type of gal. Now, this never happens when I’m on top of the world. I only turn to this strategy when I’m feeling down and out. I’m sitting there thinking about the things have not been going according to what I had envisioned and, me being the “planning person” that I am, I pull out the journal and start writing. It’s interesting. When I look …

Today we’re going to work on opening our hearts. While these could be the first words spoken in a mindfulness class, they were first spoken in my yoga class this morning. Beautiful. They set my intention right where it needed to be. Don’t worry that you’re still not flexible; doing your best is enough. It’s fine that you have lousy balance; you’re lucky that you have great people in your …

Into the bank I go. It’s not a branch I visit very often; in fact, the last time was a month ago. I walked up to the cashier and recognized her; she recognized me, too, and we broke into happy banter about nothing in particular. I call a phone number to check on the progress of paperwork that has been going around in circles for more than two months. I …

  The calendar year is quickly coming to an end. Thanksgiving and Winter breaks are just around the corner; where did the time go? And what happened to all of the promises you had made to yourself, in earnest, about the strategies you would use to create greater balance between work and home? Or reducing the stress your family has been feeling around your children’s schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and their study …