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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A Short Thought Exercise for Cultivating Happiness

Zen Under Ten is about harnessing the power of our minds to cultivate ease and real happiness. In that spirit, I offer you the list below as a framework for thinking your way to a happier, more present, you – anytime, anywhere. Follow these simple steps and it is almost impossible not to smile.

1. Picture in your mind the face of someone you love. Really see them. Picture …

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