photo courtesy of Sean McGrath
‘Tis the season for tinsel galore.
It doesn’t matter what you celebrate. This time of year it’s nearly impossible to escape the tinsel completely.
Twinkling lights, gleaming decorations, a veneer of shimmering frost over all.
It’s beautiful. It’s flashy. It’s entrancing and hypnotic and easy to get lost in.
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photo courtesy of Bhumika Bhatia
Stop what you are doing and pay attention.
The world around us brims with sensations. Smells. Sights. Sounds. Textures. Tastes.
As human beings, we are perfectly poised to drink them in. We have our senses, yes — but also the cognitive abilities to process, the words to describe.
Keep reading Stop. Pay attention. Yes, right now.
You may or may not know that I adore reading. It is one of my very favorite things to do.
One of the things I love best about reading books is coming across passages that resonate so strongly that it’s as if they were written just for me. The connection, the essential humanness that hits
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Most of us are pros at missing out on our lives. We blink, and another year is gone. We look at one another, bafflement in our eyes, and say, “How is it June already?” We wonder, Why is time passing so quickly?
I’m no exception. I’ve missed out on wide swaths of time, encountering
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Ever come across a metaphor that gives you instant clarity? I love those. They thrill me.
I found one of these spot-on explanations in Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, my chosen resource for Mindfulness 101. It goes like this.
Imagine a computer. It
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I’m only four days into Mindfulness 101. I can’t claim to be an expert, but I’m starting to notice the difference between mindfulness and its opposite (unmindfulness? nonmindfulness? obliviousness?) in my daily life.
I’ve been tracking my reactions to the daily mindfulness sessions on Tumblr. That means most days I pop off my cushion and
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I’m here! Welcome to the first day of Mindfulness 101, my newest project. Today I begin. (Follow along on Tumblr for mini updates!)
As you start something new, it can be immensely helpful to gather your thoughts in one place. Inspiring quotes, guiding principles, and initial feelings can provide motivation and perspective as you walk
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