Posts tagged "mindfulness"

It's time to waste some time

Like the rest of the population, I get a rush when I complete tasks and work toward my goals. I have dreams and a vision, and I get excited to move forward and check things off the list. But I simultaneously believe in wasting time.  I actually don’t like that language very much – I... Read more »

Back to school? Be here and roll with it

Back to school tomorrow and I am appreciating a beautiful afternoon with no schedule. Part of me grieves losing summer, it was definitely a good one, but part of me doesn’t feel like longing or being sad, it just feels like smiling and rolling with it. I do feel the natural anxiety of trading a... Read more »

Teaching students they are valuable, important, and not crazy

Today I talked to my college students about mindfulness. The class is Intro to Social Work and today’s focus was noticing your thoughts, questioning the validity of your thoughts, and creating space between you and your thoughts. Yes, I got a lot of blank stares throughout class, and I know that some of my students... Read more »
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Need peace? "Drop in" to your heart

We can continue to analyze the worry and fear that lives in our endlessly processing brain, or we can let go and move into the heart.  We have been trained to be brain-centric, so this is not always easy. Moving into the heart is a practice, a practice where I will be a forever student,... Read more »

The grass is green on both sides

I get to be alone today.  Not just for a little while, but for a full day and night. This is quite uncommon, but also a very welcome experience.  I love my extroverted high intensity time with my family and friends, but the other half of me is quite introverted – I love being alone.... Read more »

Change the world by practicing what you know

You believe in self awareness, compassion, joy, love.  You understand the importance of self care, you adore reading (insert any teacher or self help author’s) books, and you love a great inspirational quote. You can analyze yourself, even offer up observations to explain why you do what you do, but you keep doing the same... Read more »
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That's not respect, that's control

Jacey and I on a bike ride – me in front, Jacey riding behind me… Jacey: Mom, I want to ride along side you on the sidewalk. Me: I don’t think there is enough room….I don’t want us to hit each other….by the way, you were riding side by side with your friend in front... Read more »

Appreciation for life and an awareness of time

Recently my husband and I were at a resort in Arizona called The Boulders. And just as the name suggests, we were surrounded by huge, beautiful, red boulders. The boulders are balanced on each other, and to me they looked like they could roll any minute, but the locals assured us that the boulders were... Read more »

Becoming a self-aware person, becoming a self-aware parent

I remember when I was 16 and I got my first speeding ticket. I ran in the house sobbing – not only did I have a $50 ticket to pay, but I believed it wasn’t fair, it wasn’t my fault, and why me? So my mom said something, most likely to soothe me, but it... Read more »
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