Category Archives for "Exercises"

Good Stress v. Bad Stress

I’ve certainly experienced my heart pounding, my breath getting short, my thoughts racing – the human stress response – when a small child darted in front of my car chasing a ball last year or the time I dropped my car keys down a storm drain. (Only once!)  You’re probably familiar with similar rushes of […]

S.O.S. – Systems Overload – Stressed Out!

The first weeks of my new year were not gentle, beginning with the disruption and chaos of a complete electrical rewiring of my house. (See The Role of Kvetching/Complaining in Resilience.) Even more than coping with so many external stressors – noise, dust, internet disconnections – my internal systems for coping were on overload. Hard […]

Realistic Optimism

I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving…the sound of people trying became the soundtrack of my life. – Michelle Obama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader extraordinaire, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, an inspiration to millions and to generations, was assassinated 50 years ago this spring. Today, […]

What’s Good for Your Heart Is Good for Your Brain

We’re rolling steadily into an unfolding new year; a time when many folks, including me, set the intention to set some good intentions – exercise more, eat healthier food, get more sleep, spend more time playing with the kids, working in the garden, going for long walks.  I’m offering here a series of practices to […]

Trusting the Intention to Trust Your Inner Intuition

A simple hunch.  I was driving down a steep, curving street in a residential neighborhood near my home.  Something tells me, “slow down, slow down,” so I brake the car just a few seconds before I round the bend and encounter a flock of a dozen wild turkeys 50 feet in front of me, slowly […]

Prayer for the New Year

Offering this wonderful Blessing for the New Year by Kayleen Asbo; may it encourage and inspire you and yours: As the hours of darkness begin to slowly wane from the winter sky, So too may the fearful places of your heart unclench their grasp on your life As the presence of light begins to grow […]

Candles of Light in the Darkness

The great paradox of the human condition – the abundance of life, joy, love, meaning; the reality of greed, oppression, illness, suffering. The human heart is asked to hold so much. People from all countries and find ways to honor the light of the human spirit even in times of darkness. Especially at this time […]

Heading into winter/summer/holidays – don’t lose your balance

We’re heading into winter in the northern hemisphere, summer vacation in the southern hemisphere, end of year holidays – Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s – around the globe, when people can experience the joy of sharing festivities with loved ones, sometimes the heartbreak of distance or rupture from loved ones. And, as always in the human […]

Gratitude – Not Because We Should, But Because We CAN

One of those freaky, terrifying moments. Driving late at night on a dark country road. I’m fine in my lane. Another car makes too wide of a turn from an intersecting road and suddenly – oh no! Not this! – the car is coming straight toward me in my lane.  I brake and scream as […]

Being Thankful for Everything That Is Going More than All Right

I love the practice – being thankful for everything that is going more than all right.  I learned it from James Baraz, my meditation teacher of 20 years, who used the phrase in his Conversations on Practices for Recovering Resilience. Gratitude has been a pillar of James’s teaching for 40 years, including teaching his 89-year […]

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