Mar 28

Personal Best

Years ago I saw a film called “Personal Best.” It was about women training for the Olympics. In the end, they were unable to attend the Olympics because the U.S. called for a boycott that year for political reasons. So the women’s only reward was their knowledge that each of them had done her “personal …

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Feb 24

Use the mind to change the brain

In a world where medication can change our minds in an instant, meditation, which uses the mind to change the brain, can be a hard sell. Medication for certain people in particular situations can be very helpful. But I don’t know if medications can change the structure of the brain for the better. What does …

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Jan 27

Find a New View

Here in the Northeast, days are cold and short in January. It’s a time to stay in a lot, and to act in harmony with nature. Nature is in a state of rest. And while we have to continue working, perhaps we can now do it in a way that is more in tune with …

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Dec 22

Take in the Good

It’s holiday time, and we will soon welcome in a new year.  Whatever your religious orientation or belief system, it’s hard not to get caught up in the energy of this season. Whether you are taking part in a gathering or spending this time alone, whether this holiday season brings good feelings or difficult ones, …

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Nov 23

Gratitude

There’s been a lot said and written on the subject of gratitude, how gratitude makes us happier, and actually brings more good to us. There are many ways to express gratitude, and speaking or writing about our feelings of gratitude for the people in our lives and for all the blessings we have is a …

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Oct 28

Mantras

As I’m sure you know by now, I encourage everyone to develop a daily meditation practice, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes. You can find some short guided meditations on my site to help you: Guided Audio Meditations But along with my daily morning meditation practice, I also say a number of …

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Sep 30

Spare Moments

Although it’s essential to develop a regular meditation practice to stay grounded, focused, and calm, there are many moments during the day when we can stop and reconnect with ourselves. Whenever you feel yourself getting pulled in a lot of different directions, try one of these methods: Slow your breathing. Breathe in for four counts, …

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Aug 31

Calming An Anxious Mind

Now that summer is drawing to a close and fall is upon us, many of us may be feeling the extra pressure of starting new things, whether that is school or more responsibilities at work. There are lifestyle changes we can make to help us deal better with stress over the long term, but sometimes …

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Jul 27

Role Models

Mindfulness isn’t only about meditating every day, developing a sense of presence throughout the day, calming our mind and bodies, learning to focus, or realizing that we don’t have to follow every thought that occurs to us. Although it is all of that—and more. It’s also about creating a greater awareness that can help us …

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Jun 24

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Today, more children and adults in the U.S. are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD than ever before—and more prescription drugs are being issued all the time as well. While it’s true that some of us have more trouble staying calm and focused than others, when it comes to making diagnoses, where do we draw the line …

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