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 . . .
Whether you are starting a new job, digging into a new volunteer project, or have become a new parent, the new year is a great time to cultivate an intention of radical self-care. It might feel impossible to take a few moments to fill up your "well" or to find a little “me time”. Especially if you are a new parent, like I am, “me time” may seem like a distant memory. It can help to remember . . .
“Wherever you are is the entry point” - Kabir Starting a mindfulness practice is different for everyone. Some people start by creating time in their day for a formal sitting meditation practice. Others decide they are sick and tired of scarfing down their food at lunch and try instead to be a bit more mindful while eating. Others simply look up, and around, and start to notice the . . .
For those of us in the northern hemisphere our summer holidays are coming to an end. School may be starting for your young ones. This may be a time to re-engage at work, and perhaps get some major projects finished. This time of year can be a time of excitement, however, it can also bring with it some work-time blues. In fact, a recent report from Gallup found that 70 percent of . . .
Meditating is one of the most powerful things I have learned. It is a key practice that lays a foundation for a mindful life. Meditation is a way to train and strengthen your mind – like training and strengthening your muscles when you go to the gym. Your ability to be aware of and to recognize what the mind is engaging with, and control it, is a skill that can be helpful in all aspects of . . .
‘The Buddha is crying in the next room.’ - Susan Stiffelman There is a saying, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears.’ My 2-month old baby boy, is my greatest mindfulness teacher. Even though I have had a mindfulness practice for years, the experience of being a new parent has taken the practice to a much a deeper level. I am not only relearning old lessons anew, but I am . . .