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Jun
15

Mindfulness Activity #89

Quick Mindfulness Good Morning! This morning, I have a meeting to work on a project with colleagues from New Zealand and the U.K. So, we are in three time zones and I drew the early straw. So, I was thinking it was a perfect time to reinforce the idea that you can always find a […]

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Jun
14

Mindfulness Activity #88

On Changing the World Good Morning. I have been thinking about change. Our lives have been different for the last 3 months. We have been frightened and humbled by the power of disease. We have been shocked and appalled by racism and violence. But, disease has been present. Racism and violence have plagued our country […]

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Jun
13

Mindfulness Activity #87

Allowing Natural Change Good Morning. Sometimes when we have a problem or a situation that is either longstanding or complicated, it can feel like no matter how hard you work, it does not change. One principle drawn from Zen is called allowing natural change. It’s related to the concept of acceptance. It involves accepting current […]

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Jun
12

Mindfulness Activity #86

Gratitude for The Weekend Good Morning. It is a beautiful, sunny morning and it’s the weekend! Weekends are markers for us, helping us to chunk time. When my son was small, he had trouble understanding the concept of time and when something was going to happen in the future. He would ask, “ how many […]

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Jun
11

Mindfulness Activity #85

Mindfulness When You Don’t Feel Like It Good Morning. Lots of times I feel like I don’t want to practice mindfulness. There is too much to get done or I don’t feel like it. It is easy to practice when the sun is shining, you don’t feel rushed, and you make time for yourself. It […]

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Jun
10

Mindfulness Activity #84

Mindful Listening                   Good Morning. When we began practicing together, I was writing primarily to help each of us to use mindfulness to cope with drastic changes in our lives caused by COVID-19. Recently, some of our practices have focused on extending your mindfulness practice outwards towards […]

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Jun
09

Mindfulness Activity #83

Increasing your Sense of Agency Good Morning. The topic of today’s mindfulness blast is agency. Agency refers to the degree to which an individual has the ability to freely make choices and to engage in actions in their life consistent with their choices. We often say to children, “was that a good choice or a […]

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Jun
08

Mindfulness Activity #82

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger (Buddha) Good Morning. Today’s mindfulness practice is focused on anger. Many people are feeling a lot of anger these days. Anger is justified. It makes sense. Nevertheless, we might need to address anger in order to keep it from damaging […]

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Jun
07

Mindfulness Activity #81

Community-Engaged Mindfulness Good Morning. I started sending out these mindfulness practices in order to help individuals cope with the stresses associated with the Novel Corona Virus. Many of the people in our practice circle had already been using mindfulness as a way to help them to recover from trauma that contributed to their hospitalization or […]

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Jun
06

Mindfulness Activity #80

Restore and Reset Good Morning. Welcome to your weekend. Weekends are generally a time to restore, reflect, and reset. Resting provides the strength and energy needed to move forward. It has been a tumultuous week. For most people, the week brought many feelings and many thoughts. For today’s practice, we give the brain a rest […]

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Jun
05

Mindfulness Activity #79

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking” Good Morning. Recently, I have been getting advice on how to begin running from my brother, an elite athlete who has finished both Ironman and Ultraman Triathalons. I was telling him that when I try to run, I […]

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Jun
04

Mindfulness Activity #78

Perseverance Good Morning. It is a bedrock principle of Zen that change is not possible without acceptance. One must radically accept that a problem exists and fully accept the magnitude of a problem, its consequences, and our feelings and thoughts about a problem in order to move towards fruitful action. We all have a problem […]

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