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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A 3-Step Mindfulness Practice for Peace of Mind

Sometimes you just need a quick fix to help get through this moment and into the next. When this happens to me and I’m feeling overwhelmed and unsure of myself, I find it helpful to remember this simple instruction from Pema Chodron’s book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change:

“First, come into the present. Flash on what’s happening with you right now. Be fully aware of your body, its …

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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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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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