Be present in the moment. It sounds so simple, right? Yet it is actually very difficult for most of us to do. More often than not we are either ruminating about the past or planning for the future. We all understand the benefits of living in the present moment, such as reducing stress, feeling happier, and getting better sleep. However, if we are always living in the present, how do we plan for the future we dream of? I have always been . . .
Keeping your gratitude tank full is a vital aspect of self-care. Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, has studied more than 1,000 people from ages eight to 80 and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of physical, psychological, and social benefits including stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and the ability to experience more joy and optimism. Experiencing gratitude . . .
I have been thinking a lot about joy lately; how to create it, access it and awaken it. One of the key benefits of mindfulness is the ability to cultivate and create more joy in our lives; to reclaim your joy if you have lost it along the way. One of my favorite meditation teachers, James Baraz, calls Mindfulness “the basic tool for a joyful life.” I don't believe we find joy. I believe we create it. It is a type of relationship we . . .