Tag: breath

Jun 22

Back to the body, back to the breath

Teachers always say to get into the habit of practicing mindfulness when your life is relatively peaceful. This will help you when things get challenging—as they do and will for everyone at some point in their lives. I speak on, write about, and practice mindfulness.  However, the latter, the practicing part, can be the hardest …

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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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Nov 24


We set goals and try to attain them. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, it seems the universe has its own agenda for us. Maybe we don’t get our first-choice school, or get hired for that job we applied for. Maybe we have faced a lot of rejection, and we feel that because …

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Aug 28

The Power of Sound

Many of us with attention issues are also extremely sensitive to external stimuli, especially sound. Being in the midst of a lot of noise—at the supermarket, on the highway, in crowded places—can make all our attention and stress problems worse. We are often surrounded by all kinds of sounds, and those of us who live …

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Jul 27

What’s Holding You Back?

Do you criticize yourself? Most of us do, at least some of the time. The “inner critic” can be especially harsh when you have attention issues and other challenges that keep you from reaching your goals. With this critical voice reminding you of all the mistakes you’ve made and how many you’re still making, it …

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Jul 18

Can you stop thinking?

Try to stop thinking for five minutes, just noticing when you inhale and exhale. How long can you do this before thoughts call you away? Are you thinking about what you need to really be doing right now? Are you remembering something that you wish you had done differently? Of course it’s impossible to stop …

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