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Mindfulness. Such a huge buzzword these days. Benefits of Mindfulness Dr Dan Siegel says if there were a pill on the market that did everything mindfulness has been proven to do, that pill would be flying off the shelves. Scientifically proven to decrease blood pressure, heart and brain problems, inflammations, emotional reactivity, anxiety, stress, and rumination, it is also proven to improve immune systems, heart rate, longevity, focus and attention, …

We all have those times where we find ourselves upset, and that’s when the knee-jerk reactions kick in. But, have you ever taken the time to decide how you will calm yourself to the point that you can offer a thoughtful response instead? Maybe it’s time we all give the idea some thought. The habit of a negative response I remember, as a teacher and then a principal, there were …

What are your thoughts as you witness another school year coming to a close? Has the year been everything you’d hope it could be? What changes would you consider? Ideas to improve school culture To ensure that the school atmosphere is one that encourages not only academic success, but also stresses social-emotional growth, consider the positive results that such an emphasis would create. Having an attitude of perseverance and grit …

Media messages are often criticized. Especially when considering diverse groups of people such as women, older generations, people of color, those with disabilities, and people with alternative lifestyles, groups are often portrayed in a more stereotypical manner. Yet, sometimes it is possible to find messages that are deserving of positive attention. The movie, Bridesmaids, with Melissa McCarty as the groom’s sister, Megan, and Kristin Wiig as the bride’s long-time friend, …

Harper, an 11 year old tennis player, was the focus of her family’s decision to try establishing a mindfulness practice. The family sat through lessons together, asked questions, and learned about mindful listening and breathing, body scans, and mindful eating and walking. They also talked about ways to use the mindfulness practice during tennis matches, situations where it could be applied, and how it could be used for the parents …

As the year comes to a close with religious or family celebrations, now is a good time to take stock of the thoughts that continue to whirl through your mind. Are you thinking happy thoughts, or are all of those instances of upset on a constant loop? Do you have strategies in place that will help you reduce your times of frustration, anxiety, or memories of hurt feelings? This used …

A friend who had been ill passed away. Tears, sadness, anger…and, eventually, memories that bring smiles. When we lose a loved one, we experience a flood of thoughts and emotions. But, if we stop to think about why we are experiencing this range of emotions, we realize that the blessing of that relationship will not disappear so quickly; in fact, never. I worked with my friend for many years, but …

How often do you feel you are heard? How often do people pay attention to your upsets or moods? Apparently many of us seem to feel we’re lacking in that particular area. To highlight this point, let’s talk specifics: A store with which many of us are familiar has had a One-to-One program; participants could make an appointment for a particular amount of time, go to the store, and meet …

The elections are almost upon us and this round of debates and reporting, in case anyone hadn’t noticed, seems a bit different from prior years. Since 1960 when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon participated in the first televised debates, the candidates, their political parties, and the American public, came to realize the potential impact. Typically a time to learn more about the candidates themselves and their opinions regarding various …

Everybody loves a good shot in the arm. Not the kind of shot you get from a doctor when you’re sick, but the kind of shot that gives you a burst of enthusiasm or a sense of renewal…a reminder of why you do what you do. That’s the kind of shot in the arm I received when attending Momentous Institute’s Changing the Odds Conference 2016. The list of speakers included …