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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 …

First, Brené It’s not the first time I saw it, but re-watching the TEDxHouston presentation given by Brene Brown in 2010 does, I believe, link back to the benefits of mindfulness meditation. People who are experiencing a multitude of emotions can, through Brown’s research, find themselves experiencing so many of the same emotions that led me to mindfulness. The Fears Fear that people would find out that I wasn’t really …

The brain is an incredible gift, providing each of us with amazing potential. Spending a day at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth 2014 Symposium reminded me of just that. Research is continually bringing a greater understanding of the abilities we possess, how parts of the brain interact with both positive and negative result, and what must be done if we are to keep our brains as healthy as television ads propose …

Have you ever noticed that sometimes things just don’t seem to be going your way? It really doesn’t matter if you’re talking about work, social activities, or family. Things just seem to be on a downswing. Now, before the doldrums strike, is the time to prepare. Arm yourself with paper and pen, and don’t forget the camera, markers, or colored pencils. You have a lot of “wonderful” in your life …

What could marshmallows have to do with mindfulness meditation and student success? Quite a lot, actually. The Marshmallow Experiment was a series of studies conducted at Stanford University in the late 1960s and early 1970s to determine at what age children develop the ability to delay gratification. Children between the ages of four and six years old were left in a room for 15 minutes with a treat on the …

The end of March is upon us. Winter break’s rejuvenation is long gone, the liberating feelings of spring break are behind us, and the end of the school year is the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a pretty decent year, but you’re already starting to think of what you’ll do differently next year to reduce the stress you occasionally felt over the course of the current school …