Category Archives: Emotional Wellbeing

A Mindful Morning Routine Jumpstarts Your Life

What do you do first thing in the morning? Do you turn off the alarm and snooze then must hurry when you finally get up? Do you check your phone for news and social media before you get out of bed? Do you grumble until you get your first cup of coffee? Do you skip

Trust and Patience: Making the Difficult Times More Manageable

Recently, I was feeling despondent about a particular ongoing issue that I have had with my back for many years. I will find a treatment that helps for a while and then I am back to having regular problems again. Sometimes it gets me down and I can become a little frantic. Becoming frantic then

How Are You Partnering with Life? Make a New Beginning

I know you’ve heard that everything is changing all the time, change happens, and there is nothing but change. But, many people are fairly resistant to change. So, here’s another way of looking at it.  Change is life being rejuvenated in every moment. Or, change is you being rejuvenated in every moment. Yes, you have

Forgiveness: A Journey of Healing and Hope

My bet is everyone reading this blog has someone that they have not been able (or thought they even wanted) to forgive. But I would also bet that this lack of forgiveness has been fraught with suffering. Not only have you suffered from whatever happened in regard to the other person but you have suffered

Blind Faith in Behaviors that Fail Us: The Case for Mindfulness

How do you decide who or what you should trust? Or, do you even think about it?  My guess is that many of us unconsciously trust a lot of things without even thinking about them. We trust that the sun will come up in the morning and set at night. We trust that people will

The Heart of Mindfulness – Remembering the Key Components of Practice

Teaching mindfulness to beginners for many years, I’ve learned that people tend to focus on certain aspects of the teaching and forget or have a harder time grasping others. Specifically, people focus on the “being present” part of mindfulness but quickly forget both the intention and the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, and nonjudgment that

Are You Ready to Feel Strong, Confident, and Fulfilled in Your Midlife Years?

Our midlife years can be riddled with changes, stress, anxiety and uncertainty, which often cause us to lose sight of how precious and amazing they can actually be. If you’re currently feeling unfulfilled and unmotivated in your midlife journey, you’re not alone, and it doesn’t have to be this way! Join me and 20+ other

The Mindful Approach to Being Human

It’s the fourth week of the Eat for Life program and some people are wondering why on earth I am asking them to do the body scan every day (a formal mindfulness exercise that asks people to systematically bring attention to their body from head to toe).  All kinds of comments are made after we

Grief and Love: A Buddhist Understanding of Loss

Everybody loves the feeling of falling in love. Even more, we cherish the constant love of companions, be they the family we were born with or the families we form along the way. As the song goes, “Love makes the world go round.”   When we love someone, we invest a lot of ourselves into

“No” is a Complete Sentence – and Other Steps to Self-Care

I recently spoke to my boss and told her that I could not continue working as hard as I have been. The impact of working too much was taking a toll on my body—specifically my back which structurally starts to misalign when I am under too much stress. It has cost me a lot of