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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5 Tips for Raising More Resilient Kids

I’m at a hockey tournament this weekend where my son’s team has faced some serious competition. It’s been interesting to see how some kids easily shake off the losses and move on, while others carry the full weight of it on their shoulders (never mind that it’s a team sport). And it’s been hard watching the kids in the latter group struggle from game to game, their negativity …

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5 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Here are my top 5 reasons to practice mindfulness meditation (in no particular order because it’s all good):

1. Staying Connected to the Present Moment – In mindfulness meditation we train our mind to keep its attention on what is happening here and now, without judgement. We watch our thoughts, we feel the sensations of our bodies, and we practice accepting these things just as they are. …

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Maybe, We'll See

Sometimes the hardest part of mindfulness for me is the practice of keeping an open mind. It’s all too easy to let my emotions hijack my better sense and cause me to forget that I actually don’t know what the future will bring. So it’s a good thing that Buddhist wisdom, and life itself, are always there to help me remember.

For instance, there is one well-known Buddhist …

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Just Like Heaven

Every once and awhile I come across a book that begs to be read, re-read and shared. Just Like Heaven, by Patrick McDonnell, is a heart-warming story of appreciation and love that is a perfect way to keep the joys of gratitude flowing as we transition from Thanksgiving to the holiday season – a time when the frenzy of checking off all the boxes on our “to …

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A Halloween Hurricane Lesson in Gratitude

This year for many of us the transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving has been turned a little upside-down. Although I typically think of Halloween as a holiday of greed, excess and frivolity, for my family Hurricane Sandy has transformed it into an early reminder of just how much we have to be grateful for.

And as I sit here looking around the hotel lobby where my family has taken …

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