Tag Archives for " Mindfulness "

Service v. Seclusion

In his interview with venerable meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein earlier this week, Rick Hanson asked Joseph what was he working on now in his practice. Approaching 70, Joseph replied aging, and then specified finding the balance between service and seclusion – balancing the teaching and writing he has offered practitioners for 40 years with deepening […]

A Year To Live

As you read this, I will be heading into a reunion of my Year To Live group. 10 of us from Spirit Rock Meditation Center met for a year in 1998, led by Bonnie Jonsson in doing the exercises suggested by Stephen Levine in his book A Year to Live: How to Live This Year […]

Healthy Mind Platter

I heard Dan Siegel, co- author of The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, speak to a group of parents earlier this week about seven activities they could do with or teach their children to improve brain functioning. He and David Rock created a Healthy Mind Platter, similar to […]

Weekly Quotes 2013

1-1-13 Weekly Quotes: Prayer for a New Year Prayer for a New Year May you awaken to new beginnings With an openness of heart And a quickening of soul. May you step wholeheartedly into this new year, To appreciate its abundant sweetness and To embrace in faith its certain sadness. May you re-awaken hopes and […]

The Cure for Exhaustion is Wholeheartedness

One of my favorite resources for recovering resilience of all time comes from the poet David Whyte reporting a conversation he had with his good friend Br. David Stendl-Rast. David was burned out working in the non-profit world, hesitant to risk following his passion to become a full-time poet. David asked Br. David, “What’s the […]

Shit Happens…Shift Happens

Every moment brings a choice; every choice has an impact.– Julia Butterfly Hill I was deep in a worrisome thought one day, not paying enough attention to where I was walking, and I blithely stepped ankle deep into the wet cement of a freshly laid crosswalk. Ooh! Yuck! I was startled, then horrified, then inner […]

Breathing into Calm

Last week I had a temporary crown placed on a tooth that already had had a root canal. Officially, no nerve, no sensation in that tooth. But even with anesthetic to numb sensation in the neighboring teeth, I felt all kinds of poking and pulling and cold water and cold air. I didn’t want the […]

Positive Emotions Build Resilience

“Positive Emotions Build Resilience” is Chapter 14 in Bouncing Back. In researching the neuroscience of how and why, I came across the original research findings of Barbara Frederickson, a psychologist whose “broaden-and-build” theory has provided much of the scientific basis for the rapid growth of the positive psychology movement in recent years. Since turning in […]

Compassionate Connection Deepens Resilience

Greetings! [a re-posting of the April 2008 e-newsletter.  Thank you for your patience!] The morning I sent out last month’s e-newsletter, Shifting Perspectives Leads to Resilience, a close friend’s sister-in-law was having surgery for breast cancer, another friend was in the ER for a flare up of back pain, and a client’s house burned down. […]

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