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Happiness has become such a large part of today’s daily conversation that it actually has its own day. Like, literally. And internationally. The International Day of Happiness is scheduled for March 20 and there’s no time like the present to start planning. Organizations are making arrangements, thinking of a multitude of ways to spotlight the day and, at the same time, hoping that one day of happiness turns into many, …

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 …

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 …

Pop artist Meghan Trainor gives me hope. As a songwriter and singer, she has chosen to immerse herself with songs and lyrics that reflect a positive attitude, acceptance of oneself, and a spirit of hopefulness. Never do I associate her with a sense of hopelessness, or a willingness to accept the status quo, especially when she knows, almost instinctively, that we can expect more of ourselves and one another. We …

Memories, having the power to remind us of the times in our life’s experiences, can be wonderful. They may also take us back to events that we’d like to forget. But, considering how often our minds replay those memories, it may become apparent that it is not the recollections that are so vividly recalled, but the emotions they evoke. The thrill of an exciting adventure, the keen disappointment when something …

This was a good week. I had introduced a group of about 25 parent educators to the world of mindfulness, and this was our last session. Over six weekly meetings I covered the basics…but only barely. These teachers were busy, let me tell you! It was their school that had volunteered them to meet with me at the end of a long workday, and, while I’m sure many were thinking, …

There are many statements I made to students when I was a teacher, and then, as a principal. Sometimes I would look back on what I had said, and feel good about the conversation because I had treated the child with respect, care, and consideration. And, then, there were the times I would consider what I had said, and how I said it, and simply shudder. How in the world …

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 …

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 …

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 …