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To accomplish more, you need to do less. I don’t know who first made this statement, or even figured it out, but it’s true. Think about it. You have to finish a project at work, be on time to drive a carpool, finish the laundry, and write a blog before the article goes live tomorrow. You are so frazzled just thinking about the many different things that must be accomplished …

This was a family weekend. Children, children by marriage, grandchildren, extended families, and, certainly, lots of friends. And, it does make you wonder. Which of the patterns I displayed as my children were growing up will be the ones that they have vowed not to repeat with children of their own? We all endured, or simply noticed, our parents’ habits or patterns of behavior and promised ourselves that, when we …

How often do you go beyond your own little “bubble”? The places you work or go to school? The places you shop? The people with whom you speak? And, if given the opportunity, are you open to learning from, or about, complete strangers, and considering the possibility that they might have something wonderful to share? Over the last two weeks I had the opportunity to travel in China and was …

How many people have been spending a part of their holidays or weekends training for their next athletic encounter? If you answered in the affirmative, then you are either a professional athlete who is interested in keeping his contract and endorsements, or one of the many adults who are heavily entrenched in self-selected athletic competitions or who thrive on the positive impact of endorphins after “spinning their wheels,” possibly literally and …

Some people say, “Take a vacation; you need a break and it will do you a world of good.” And some people actually do…take a vacation; realizing they need the peace and quiet that new scenery can bring. I am spending the week with my husband, a friend from college, and her husband. We are looking at views we have never before seen, walking paths we never knew existed, and …

This was a busy week. Things I had let go for a while snowballed, and I was overwhelmed. Typically, this is a time for an emotional disaster. Instead, I found success. This time I kept two things to attend to, and let all the others go. I kept my family commitments, and I kept my mindfulness practice. Nothing else was important enough that I needed to throw myself into a …

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. …

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 …

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 …