Tag Archives for " Mindfulness "

Chocolate as a Resource for Recovering Resilience

I’m serious. Ever since I learned that dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) is a health food – because of its anti-depression and anti-oxidant compounds and its capacities, in moderation, to lower blood pressure and cholesterol (see August 2014 e-newsletter “Holistic Pain Relief”), I’ve been intrigued with the potential benefits of this 3,000 year old […]

Sense and Savor Walk

(I taught the Sense and Savor Walk below last weekend as part of the silent retreat of the Fall 2014 Mindful Self-Compassion course. What a delight to slow down…savor the silence and stillness in the company of like-minded souls…take in the beauty of a fog-lifting morning in the garden – hummingbirds, spider webs, the softness […]

Looking in the Mirror with Kindness

Mindful magazine has become quite a nifty resource for all kinds of mindfulness practices – for personal growth and self-transformation, for health and well-being, for creating social change, for revolutions in the practice of business and government. The October 2014 issue includes the exercise below in using mindfulness to antidote moments of self-criticism and self-judgment. I […]

Six Skillful Ways to Deal with Disaster

(It’s completely a coincidence, but remarkable timing, that my article below was posted by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, in time for me to re-post on 9/11. May these tools prove useful to you and yours.) How do you stay resilient and resourceful when disasters threaten to swamp your boat?  […]

Teaching Children to Calm Themselves

A participant in my Bouncing Back workshop at IONS a few weeks ago passed on to me this opinionator blog from the March 14, 2014 New York Times: Teaching Children to Calm Themselves by David Bornstein, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network which supports rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The article focuses on […]

Mindful magazine: Taking Time for What Matters

Mindful magazine provides a wealth of research and resources on the impact of mindfulness and compassion practices on our society today. From the February 2014 issue, in-depth articles on Taking Time for What Matters: In education: “A Matter of Death and Life” explores the experiences of high school seniors in Rochester, NY who practice both […]

Weekly Quotes 2014

1-6-14 Weekly Quotes: Reflections on Recovering from Busy-ness [A re-post from April 27, 2009; a way for me to recover from busy-ness] The tragedy with velocity as the answer to complexity is that, after awhile, you cannot see or comprehend anything that is not traveling at the same speed you are. And you actually start […]

Meditation Changes Gene Expression

New research by scientists in Wisconsin, Spain and France indicates that even eight hours of intensive mindfulness practice by experienced meditators can reduce the activation of pro-inflammatory genes, which is turn correlates with faster physical recovery from stressful situations. Here’s the link to the study: http://www.news.wisc.edu/22370.  I’ve also included the entire article below. This week’s […]

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