2-Step Mindful Breathing Practice

Mindful breathing is my go-to mindfulness practice. I love that it is so perfectly portable. Wherever you go, whatever you’re doing, I’m pretty sure you’re breathing. So why not make breathing a practice to connect to the present moment and help you calm down, relax and focus on whatever’s going on for you.

Here’s the basic instruction in 2 simple steps:

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Get Ready for Homework with a Game of

My kids are really busy. So am I.

And all too often homework is the last activity of the day – after hockey, tutoring, playdates, dinner . . . It’s no surprise that by then we are all exhausted and in no frame of mind for anything more demanding than vegging out on the sofa. Some nights we’re able to push through the fatigue and get it done. …

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Minding my Own Mind

Travel hockey tryouts were this week and watching my son skate across the ice over and over and over again, I realize that I learned more about myself than Zach’s coaches could possibly have ever learned about him.

To set the stage just a little, next hockey season Zach will be moving up to the next age bracket, kind of like going from ruling the school in your last …

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Blowing Bubbles

This weekend my kids and I played with bubbles for the first time in months. We pulled out the really cool insect and flower shaped wands, poured out the soap mix and twirled around the yard, waving our wands until the air around us was a sea of floating, translucent spheres. It was so much fun. A perfect diversion for one of those slightly warm, mildly cool days that …

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Today is a Great Day to Be a Fool

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day, a day when we traditionally prank others to make them feel embarrassed, and sometimes just a little bit bad about getting things wrong, making mistakes and just generally not being 100% on top of everything. But I thought I might take a moment today to speak out in favor of foolishness and fools everywhere.

Although our culture today tends to look down on fools …

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A Loving-Kindness Practice for Young Children

The expansive open-heartedness of loving-kindness and compassion practices is one of the greatest gifts we can offer our children.

In Metta Meditation we train in opening our hearts through the repetition of four heartfelt wishes that we send first to ourselves and then outward to an ever-expanding community, until we are able to hold the entire world in the loving-kindness of our attention. Even if we’ve never practiced Metta …

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