Category Archives: Emotional Wellbeing

Gratitude is a Practice: Five Steps for Cultivating Your Heart

Many things will be different this Thanksgiving, because it’s 2020! The most unbelievable things have happened this year, and limiting the number of people we spend Thanksgiving with is really just a small part of it. And, staying tucked safely at home with a very few people seems like a more than reasonable response to

Loving Everyone—Particularly The Ones You Don’t Want To

Loving others (particularly the ones you don’t want to) is a great strategy for increasing your own well-being. This recently became very clear to me when I noticed the suffering I had because of my judgment of someone I’ll call Charlotte (definitely not her name!). I don’t even know Charlotte personally, but she did something

Mindfulness Meets the Full Catastrophe: What sustains you during difficult times?

You might not have noticed, but my weekly blogging took a decided pause in the last few weeks. It seems like there was one catastrophe after the other in my life and it was hard to keep up emotionally, physically, and mentally. There was simply not the psychic energy to put words to paper. Sometimes

Riding the Waves of Grief

Grief is a funny thing. It knows no time or boundaries. We have little control over when it decides to come up inside us. It’s like a wave that builds in the ocean and then crashes in to the shore. Each expression of grief ebbs and flows in amazing synchronicity with select moments of life

Don’t Worry. Be Healthy.

I was talking to a wellness colleague of mine yesterday about advertising my Eat for Life classes starting in May and she said “People don’t want to think about being healthy right now.” That statement really took me by surprise. And, I’m not sure it’s accurate, at least not in my own life and in

You’re Grounded (until further notice)!

A strategy that parents use (for better or worse) when children misbehave is to ground them from engaging in the activities that they enjoy. Getting grounded means you are usually forbidden to leave home, except to go to school, church, the doctor, or to other essential activities. Sound familiar? Although it did not result from

Meditation for Difficult Times – Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join me Wednesday, March 18, at 12:00 p.m. ET for a meditation that will help you ground yourself in stillness, steadiness, and compassion. Here is the link to register.  It’s natural to feel a variety of difficult emotions at a time when the world is faced with the novel coronavirus that is affecting all of

Finding Balance in the Body

Our busy modern lifestyles can create a sense of imbalance in our bodies, heart, and minds. In our bodies, we can begin to get aches and pains because of being hunched over a computer, a report, our phones, or books all day long. Our shoulders hunch forward so much that it begins to be a

Dealing With Anger!

This week I got REALLY angry. Anger is not one of those emotions that I am all that comfortable with. In fact, it is something I usually try to avoid; and I manage my surroundings and people so that I don’t touch it very often. But, this week there was no turning back. I was

Healing with Mindful Movement

Many people have become disconnected from their bodies from the neck down, choosing instead to reside only in the top floor—namely their heads. This situation is problematic on many levels. Problems are rarely solved and emotions are rarely quelled through dwelling in the unrelenting thoughts that torture you. However, by dropping down into the rest of your body and placing your attention on the sensations below the neck, you reduce the attentional capacity available to focus on the thoughts that are creating the despair.