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Mindfulness meditation is a funny thing. If you don’t have a practice and don’t know very much about it, you are hesitant. Leery. A little…concerned. Will this change me? Will this change my relationships? Am I going to turn into someone or something that I’m not? But, if you do have a practice, you realize that nothing in your world has or will change. And then again, everything will change. …

You’ve heard about all the benefits associated with mindfulness meditation. You want to be involved, establish a practice, and experience those benefits yourself: lowered stress and anxiety; improved emotional regulation; increases in the areas of attention span, focus, and executive functioning. These sound great, but when can you fit it in? Never. You don’t “fit” mindfulness into your schedule. Rather, you make the time, and take the time. You do …

I teach people how to meditate and the most common statement I hear them utter is: I must not be very good at this. I just can’t seem to do it right. My mind keeps wandering!  Actually, hearing them say this always makes me smile. Because, guess what? This is actually a sign that they are doing it exactly right! Doesn’t make sense, you say? Let’s look at a few …

  Compassion, defined as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others, is a trait we’ve always valued in our personal relationships. But how often is it discussed in terms of the workplace? Is the workplace meant to be a “dog eat dog” kind of experience where everyone is out for himself, never worrying about the woes of colleagues? Or, can compassion be helpful in most, if …

What we’re finding is that it is not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world is what shapes your reality.  If we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every educational and business outcome at the same time. These words, spoken by Shawn Achor at TEDxBloomington, can be life-changing. They should be life-changing. Can you imagine a world …

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 …

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. …