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Next week I will be starting a new adventure; I will begin participation in the Power of Self Program, offered by Marcia Clark and Associates in Southlake, Texas. This year-long program is promoted as an “opportunity for women, enhanced by individual coaching, that offers women greater clarity and a strategic framework for making deliberate choices in all dimensions of their lives.” It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Before the program begins, …

Mindfulness meditation research has concluded that those who participate in a mindfulness program experience an increase in empathy for self and others. Is this really such a big deal? How does being empathetic, defined as the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions, change or improve our lives? It may be a revelation for some people to consider that having empathy is so important in our …

The human brain is a true marvel. With its assistance, we can plan, learn, coordinate, analyze, and apply all the information we receive. At night, while we’re sleeping, our brains can cull information, deleting the non-essentials yet leaving the data we use most often and find more necessary. The brain is also given major responsibility in helping turn repeated behaviors into habits. This is wonderful when one thinks of the …

You feel lonely or left out. You want to make a change, but don’t know how to do it. You want to reach out and expand your social circle, but are worried about the comments from the people you’re typically around, and can’t begin to imagine how to get started anyway. Consider this. When you take a car trip, you know where you want to go or you follow some …

Is it just me, or does everyone try to find a “meaning” for why and how things happen? My parents both passed away on the 30th of the month; my dad in August, 2007, and my mom in December, 2011. I not only connected the number 30, but also the 7-11. (And I don’t even think I own that company’s stock!) When my dad passed, I was so sad to …

Summer vacation is behind us, school has begun, and you’re already experiencing the same negative patterns that plagued your family last year? It’s time to put a few new things in place: • Organize a home study space for each child. Make sure each area contains all supplies necessary for your children to be successful. No one needs to get up to look for pencils, rulers, or index cards when …

HOW MINDFULNESS TURNED NEGATIVITY AROUND As seen in Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-wolbe/how-mindfulness-turned-ne_b_5712687.html# I was lucky enough to lead a life without physical, substance, or mental abuse. I earned graduate degrees and was well employed. There should be no big problem to discuss, right? Wrong! An educator in a lovely marriage with, combined, five children who have produced seven grandchildren thus far, I’m still not too proud to admit that life’s challenges …

In July I spent one week at Plum Village in France and learned what Thich Nhat Hanh is all about. For me, living mindfully reached a new, greater level of understanding. Thich Nhat Hanh established Plum Village as a small community and it has now grown into a Buddhist monastery with over 200 residents and up to 8,000 visitors every year. People of all religions from all over the world …

“With every step I arrive at my destination” – Thich Nhat Hanh Soon I will be traveling to Plum Village for a week’s retreat at Plum Village with Thich Nhat Hanh. I don’t know what to expect, and, anyway, mindfulness tells to have no expectations; simply accept the present for what it is. So that is my mindset: Acceptance of the present, and knowing Plum Village will reveal itself to me …

Stress getting to you? How many times have you found yourself thinking, “That (blank) is so annoying! Could it/they just stop?” It might be a colleague speaking too loudly, a teenager playing music and thumping  hands and feet to the beat, a person who won’t stop complaining, or someone who talks non-stop when you’re looking for a little peace and quiet. It has happened to all of us, but what’s …