Tag: focus

Nov 22

Spontaneous Gratitude

We have a yearly holiday in this country, Thanksgiving, in which we are to give thanks for our blessings. It’s a nice tradition, and one in which people of all religions can partake. Of course spiritual teachings encourage us to have gratitude all year round.  We may even make a list, or create a “gratitude …

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Oct 30

Opening to possibility

Do you ever wish you could do something, but it seems impossible? Or improbable.  It may not fit in with the image you have of yourself, and your relationship to the world. When we were children, we seemed capable of imagining many things. We could play games and slip into different roles, become anything we …

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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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May 25

Become more of who you truly are

In our culture, youth is often praised and aging is seen as a deficit. But as we get older, we gain access to a deeper kind of wisdom than we had when we were younger. The great psychologist C.G. Jung said that in the middle of life there occurs a transformation in the psyche—psyche is …

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Feb 27

Turn on the light

Sometimes when we get to a certain point in our lives we find ourselves at what seems to be an impasse. Maybe we are in a career path that doesn’t make sense anymore. You might think, “If only I’d done this, this, or this differently, things would be running more smoothly now.” Looking back and …

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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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Nov 30

You are more than you think you are

During this time when the days grow shorter and the world is in a state of great change, it’s more important than ever to train ourselves to focus on what is most meaningful for us. Although we all have personal problems and challenges, we are bigger than they are, and there is always a way …

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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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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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