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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 …

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 …

Another family weekend, but this time with my husband’s siblings and spouses: Lots of stories from years gone by Catching up on other family members and former high school friends Too much food This special time leads me to wonder: how many people don’t get together with siblings because of disagreements and stresses from over the years? When you’re growing up all siblings have the typical issues: Borrowing vs just …

I have a confession to make. On a recent family trip, I became upset, and I started screaming. At my husband, at children, at grandchildren. I totally lost it! It was an incident of no self-control whatsoever. Now, I know this is not something one might expect from someone who has been practicing mindfulness for a number of years. The truth is, I had set aside my formal practice for …

When I retired from my school in 2012, I had been a teacher, and then a K-8 principal for 14 years. At the time, I knew I wasn’t through with wanting to positively impact children, their families, and teachers; I just knew I needed to move on from that particular school situation. As I was taking stock of myself, my needs, and what I felt might be most helpful for …

In the summer of 2014 I visited Plum Village in France, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, a spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist known throughout the world for his teachings and writings on mindfulness and peace. During my week there, I was fortunate in that I was able to hear this inspiring man speak on a variety of subjects, one of which still provides strength to me as family holidays …

The number of times something didn’t happen to me, or those to whom I am close, are too numerous to count, but last night I received the greatest reminder of all that we must remember to appreciate and give thanks for not only what takes place in our lives, but also for those things that don’t happen to us. My husband fell seriously ill during the middle of the night, …

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 …