Back to School Mindfulness

My son started at his new school today. It wasn’t class. Just a short meeting with his academic advisor and a chance to set up his new locker, but his nervous energy was out of control. While we sat waiting for our turn to meet with his teacher, his legs bounced up and down as he told me over and over again how nervous he was – excited, but …

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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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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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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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Balancing Games to Practice Mindfulness

Playing balancing games is a great way to practice mindfulness with your kids. When we balance in a pose, even one as simple as standing on one leg (or for really little kids, standing on tip-toes), we are improving our ability to focus by strengthening the connections in our brain that filter and process sensory information.

Here is a fun way to practice mindful balancing with your kids that …

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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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