Tag: thoughts

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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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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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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Apr 26

Awaken to creativity within you

It’s spring and flowers are beginning to bloom. Yet many may be feeling anxious looking at the world around us, where there are conflicts in many places. Still, you want to move forward in your life and do what is meaningful for you. Even when things look bleak, when you don’t see how what you …

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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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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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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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Mar 23

I’m having the thought that…

Researchers say that we average between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. That’s a lot of activity! Each time we have a thought, it influences our feelings and the way we perceive things. Psychologist and author Dr. Steven Hayes, the originator of ACT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, says, “Thoughts are like lenses through which we …

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Feb 23

Transformation

Does it ever seem that there are certain things you wish you could change but can’t? Certainly when we’ve been given a diagnosis of ADHD or another disorder, or when we’ve struggled with something for a long time and can’t see any progress, we can fall into despair. There’s something wrong with me, you may …

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