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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 …

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 …

You’ve hit that spot where you don’t know if you’re coming or going. Like so many of us, you’re just moving from task to task, not taking time for reflection. In fact, it seems there’s no time for anything besides scrambling and trying to keep up. And, then…it hits. You just can’t take one more step toward one more goal without taking a pause, a deep breath, and a search …

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 …

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 …

A person who sets goals. An incredible work ethic. Laser-like focus. This is Brian Rigg. Brian Mark Rigg, a successful young man who eventually graduated from Yale and Cambridge, started off as a young boy who was such a behavioral and academic challenge that he was still not reading at eight years of age. That’s when he met the teacher who “lit his fire” and brought him, in that single …

  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 …

When was the last time you really lost your temper? Not the “Gee, I’m kind of upset” kind of losing your temper, but the kind when you’re screaming, crying, ranting, or raving. The kind where you think back about what you said and how you acted and are embarrassed beyond words that you let your emotions get so out of control. How did your body feel inside? Was your heart …

Every day hundreds of people, if not more, find themselves floundering; their habitual attitudes, reactions, behaviors, and thoughts get in their own way, and people are typically not even aware that they are helping to create or exacerbate the problems they are experiencing. Often, people place blame for what isn’t going well in their lives on other individuals, circumstances they consider to be beyond their own control, or just plain …