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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Five Senses Mindfulness

Five Senses Mindfulness is a great practice to help quiet a distracted mind and restore your sense of calmness and equanimity. It’s also really simple.

Start with three mindful breaths, breathing in deeply and bringing your attention full and completely to the sensation of the breath.

Then work your way through each of your five senses, trying to get past the immediate surface information and deeper into your experience:

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12 Ways to Control Difficult Emotions

If you have a tween at home then you know just how easily and quickly their emotions can spin them out of control, taking you along for the ride. I swear I saw my son’s head spin a full 360° tonight. Where’s an exorcist when you need one?!

But never fear, help has arrived. Here’s a list of twelve tools that can help kids manage through their strong feelings, …

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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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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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