This month marks the 6-year anniversary of an event that changed my life forever. I am sharing my story as a statement of gratitude and hope. May the words remind you of the power of faith, of finding the silver lining, and of healing. And may you experience joy and peace in the New Year. December 17th, 2009, started out as an ordinary day. I had said “yes”
She stepped onto the treadmill next to mine at the gym in a town I was visiting. I had slowed down, being nearly finished with my workout. “Hello” she said with a warm smile. I returned her greeting and we began to chat. She was a cancer survivor, she told me, having spent years enduring radiation and chemotherapy. I noticed the absence of regret or
Thankfully the word “mindfulness” is becoming what we call, in our culture, a household word. We see it everywhere from books to articles to talks – on YouTube, TED talks and other media channels. Being a pioneer in the “mindfulness movement”, I am overjoyed. Yet I got to wondering: could we use a review, a “short version” of what mindfulness is…and isn’t?
Let’s face it, we are only human, right? And as humans, we are hardwired to solve problems and handle difficult and trying moments in life. This is how we have evolved as a species and how we have accomplished what we have so far. Problem solving is an essential and necessary part of life. But contrary to the brain’s belief, life is not a problem to be
We live on a lake in Washington with an old dock. Often we see various forms of wildlife on the water – ducks, geese and other waterfowl. Today I saw something I’ve not seen before: a wounded goose. At first I noticed his walk…it was a bit “off”. As I looked closer, I saw that his left wing was damaged. He is unable to fly or spread his entire wingspan yet
Stop for a moment: where are your thoughts right now? What emotion or emotions are present for you? How does your body feel? If you are like most people, your thoughts may be in the future - perhaps concerned or anxious; or they have traveled back into the past – preoccupied with regret or sadness. You may be experiencing pain or discomfort – or
Today I want to share an article with you entitled: “Don’t Fall into the Self-Esteem Trap: Try a Little Self-Kindness” by Kristin Neff, PhD. Dr. Neff is the author of Self-Compassion and co-founder of the eight week Mindful Self-Compassion Training Program. In her article she speaks to the angst that many of us experience in modern life: No matter how hard
Happy New Year everyone! January is celebrated in many countries as a time to say goodbye to the “old” and welcome the “new” into our lives. It is a month for setting a list of well-intentioned goals for the upcoming year. As I ponder the whole concept of New Year’s resolutions and how easily the most determined of us fall down and come short of meeting the
Over the years, I have written many articles and posts on understanding mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. Through comments, questions and my own experience, I've come to realize that the biggest misunderstanding seems to be one regarding the difference between mindfulness itself and mindfulness meditation. The wandering mind is often confusing to folks
“…everything can be taken from us but the last of human freedoms…the freedom to choose our spirit in any circumstance.” Viktor E Frankl 'The Heart & Soul of Forgiveness' is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, 21 Days of Living Mindfully, offering a timely topic for starting the New Year off from a place of inner peace and compassion. I hope that you
Hi, I'm Lorrie Jones and I used to weigh over 300 pounds. I also used to weigh 60 pounds. In fact, I have gained and lost a total of 1,900 pounds during a decade of my younger life. I remember the day: I stepped on the scales to see if I had lost weight. I had worked so hard, eating salads when I wanted dinner, exercising to the point of exhaustion. As the
EXCERPT FROM '21 DAYS OF LIVING MINDFULLY' MY FORTHCOMING BOOK. "Look to this day for it is life; the very best of life. In its brief course lie all the realities and truth of existence - For yesterday is but a memory, And tomorrow is only a vision, But today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness, And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look
Five Mindfulness Practices for Tranquility By now, most of us have heard the term “mindfulness” and we may even be a bit familiar with the concept. So what is mindfulness exactly and how can being mindful help with anxiety? A simple definition of mindfulness is: the practice – the skill – of non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of our present-moment
Sitting in an outdoor cafe reveling in the beauty of warm summer day…I am aware of something deeper in me…something wanting expression. It is about the magic of summer and the child in me that comes alive as the temperature climbs above 80 degrees. Have any of you been there? Have you felt yourself come alive as the temperature becomes warm and life takes
We hear a lot these days about well-being, becoming who we truly are and realizing our wholeness. While this may sound compelling ("Sure, why not? I'm in!"), how exactly do we begin? Where do we start? And what is the first step? First, I believe we are all whole and complete human beings just as we are. We lack nothing and we are not in need of "fixing".
"Let your beauty manifest itself without talking or calculation. You are silent. It says for you: I am. And comes in meaning thousand fold, comes at long last over everyone." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Have you ever considered turning off the distractions for ten days? I mean, no talking, no books, no TV or music, no phone or Internet - no outside "noise"
What I learned deep in the Yucatan As our yearly trip to Mexico drew close, I began to prepare as usual: client work to complete, professional books to read, computer, of course, with Skype all ready to go. While I looked forward to the warm climate, ethnic food offerings and swimming in the lagoon by our property, real happiness, I decided, was going to
GUEST POST BY OLIVIA, AGE 10 By now, most of us have heard about the benefits of being grateful and living a life of gratitude. Articles and books have been written on gratefulness and how it can change our lives. I am a believer in choosing to be grateful and in reminding myself, daily, of all the blessings my life holds. Yet how easy it is to simply
What If it’s Only a Wine Glass? I came into the kitchen one morning and noticed a few slivers of glass on the counter top. I asked our house guest if she knew of a glass breaking, wanting to make sure no one had been injured and that no glass remained as a danger. She was apologetic and explained that she had tried to dry her fingertips on the corner of a
As I think about the New Year approaching, ten tips for healthy thinking and living come to mind. Please feel free to add your own to this list in the comments! And may merriment and delight – and peace in the New Year – be your companions and your experience. Create inner peace with acceptance, compassion and forgiveness Treat obstacles as opportunities