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No Time Like the Present

Linda Graham and Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield is one of the most beloved, most respected meditation teachers in the world, and has brought the wisdom of Buddhist teachings and practices to the West through his books, retreats, classes and conferences for almost fifty years. His latest book, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You […]

Self-Compassion Practices That Go Deeper

Take-Time-to-Be-Kind

I’ve just received The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook by Tim Desmond, and it is fabulous. There are some hefty exercises to: * motivate yourself with kindness * overcome negative emotions, depression, and anxiety * let go of self-criticism * feel happier and more alive More than just a regular workbook with a series of good exercises, […]

Difficult Stuff Happens. Shift Happens, Too

(An edited version of the article below will appear in the June 2017 Spirit Rock e-newsletter. May the flow from shit happening to shift happening ring true and prove useful.) Difficult stuff happens. Every human being walking through a human life knows that. We can lose our car keys and wallet two days before a […]

Budget Time for the Rabbit Holes

I pride myself on being reasonably efficient and managing the flow of many client sessions, teaching engagements, project deadlines, finding time for friends and the occasional film, too. But lately I’ve been learning the necessity of budgeting in time for when the schedule gets derailed – flat tire, lost keys, a deadline I had completely […]

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

I plan to post the May 2017 newsletter next week about Sheryl Sandberg’s truly useful new book: Option B: Facing Adversity,Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Very much in alignment with everything taught here about recovering resilience. Sheryl Sandberg’s beloved husband Dave dropped dead of cardiac arrest almost exactly two years ago. Sheryl’s personal journey through […]

Gratitude for Bad Things that DON’T Happen

I tripped on a crack in a sidewalk the other day, fell on my right knee and right elbow, rolled to my side…and nothing bad happened! No broken bones, no bruises, no swelling. I stood up, walked home, checked for the next few days. Nothing happened. I did think of several friends my age who […]

Four-Minute Tools to De-Stress – Right Now!

This is the fourth and last in a series of super-fast yet effective recommendations from neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki’s wonderful Healthy Brain, Happy Life . (See earlier posts: Meditate for a Healthier Brain – Four Minutes at a Time, Exercise Makes You Smarter, and New and Novel Experiences Promote Brain Health. Dr. Suzuki distinguishes between […]

Meditate for a Healthier Brain – Four Minutes at a Time

This is the third in a series of posts based on Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, neuroscientist at NYU.  (See New and Novel Experiences Promote Brain Health and Exercise Makes Your Smarter for previous posts.) Dr. Suzuki acknowledges her own struggles, as so many of us have, with sticking to a formal […]

Exercise Makes You Smarter

This is the second in a series of four-minute exercises you can do to improve your brain health and functioning, adapted from the wonderful Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, neuroscientist at NYU. This week’s post focuses on fast, fun ways to exercise that make your brain smarter. That aerobic exercise helps your […]

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