Tag: attention

Aug 23

Eclipse

As you know, this week in the U.S. we experienced an amazing solar eclipse. It “overshadowed” everything so to speak! Most everyone’s attention was focused for a short while on this cosmic event. I got to see it, through the properly prescribed glasses, of course, and it was an incredible feeling. It made me feel …

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Jan 25

If you write it, it will come

Remember the movie “Field of Dreams”? In that film, Kevin Costner hears a voice telling him, “If you build it, they will come.” He builds a baseball diamond and, well, the movie plot is complicated, but ‘they’ do come and play ball! What do you want to create in your life, to build?  In the …

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Dec 22

Make a Choice

The holidays are here, and many of us feel some anxiety around family, events, celebrations. We’re told it’s a joyful time, but we may not always feel that way. Worries and concerns are not so easy to lay aside. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is said that we each have a place of refuge …

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Aug 29

Attention

Coaching for Attention, Creativity & Career says the ADD Mindfulness website.  Paying attention is the first skill that has to be mastered, because only when you can focus at will on what you choose can you live life with calm power. Without being able to sustain attention, very little can be accomplished. Another skill is …

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May 27

The Awareness of Now

Do you ever feel weighed down by your past? Do you look back with sadness or regret at what you did or didn’t do, or with anger at people you’ve encountered? The truth is, it is impossible to remember what really happened, or how we felt at the time. When we look back, we’re not …

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Apr 27

Neurons that fire together wire together

There’s a saying: Neurons that fire together wire together. Neurons are brain cells, and when we fixate on a thought or emotion, the neurons “fire” or set off a reaction in the brain. These neural firings change the very structure of our brains. Think of it this way: If you were riding a bike, and …

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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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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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May 25

There is always a way forward

Do you ever feel that you’ve hit a wall? For me, this feeling seems to come in cycles. Inevitably, after things have been flowing for a while, there’s a downturn. And sometimes the downturn becomes a pitfall. We may lose faith that there is any way out. But there is always a way. Trying to …

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Sep 27

You’ve Got the Power

Do you remember the song from the musical, The King and I, that starts “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…” That’s what happens with mindfulness meditation, only the “you” is one’s self. When we meditate, we get to spend some time every day simply being with ourselves in an intimate way, …

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