1 August, 2021

Mindful Methods to Help Moms Stay Sane

By |2021-07-13T11:36:42-07:00August 1st, 2021|Mindful Methods|

In 2006, I thought that I might have a brain tumor. The wrong words kept coming out of my mouth: “captino” instead of “cappuccino,” “maginal” instead of “magical,” “bunkey burvey” instead of “topsy turvy.” I went to a neurologist fearing the worst; after a thorough exam the doctor asked me about my life; what my [...]

1 July, 2021

Love: For When You Can’t Remember Audrey Hepburn’s Name

By |2021-06-03T09:12:22-07:00July 1st, 2021|Mindful Methods|

I slipped the thin soft cotton top over my head, smiling at the memory long ago from the Del Mar Fair, where I found this great t-shirt. The image of the woman is faded to the perfect shadow, grey on black. Looking in the mirror, I was stunned that I couldn’t pull up her name. [...]

1 May, 2021

Build Your Mindful Self-Compassion Practice

By |2021-04-29T10:17:46-07:00May 1st, 2021|Mindful Methods|

Practice Mindful Self-Compassion even when you don’t think you need it. Why? Because then you’ll have that familiar safe space to step into when you need it most. So, what is Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) anyway? The practice of MSC was created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer as an expansion of mindfulness practice that centers [...]

1 April, 2021

Change Your Relationship to Emotional Pain

By |2021-03-17T10:08:18-07:00April 1st, 2021|Mindful Methods|

Terrible stuff happens, and it seems so random. Yet there it is, happening when you least expect it. And when it does, the pain can seem overwhelming. The hurt, the sorrow, the shock — it can all seem so unbearable. As with everything though, your experience of it changes and transforms over time; change is [...]

12 March, 2021

Using a Love Bomb to Change the Channel

By |2021-03-12T08:19:44-08:00March 12th, 2021|Mindful Methods|

I used to dread having my annual mammogram. My mom would remind me to make the appointment, and shepherd me there, soothing my anxiety by her upbeat attitude to taking care of important business. My mom’s been gone 5 years, and I haven’t been as regular in making this appointment. Since my best [...]

5 March, 2021

Got a Few Minutes?: Your Daily Routine Could Use Some Mindfulness

By |2021-03-03T10:42:41-08:00March 5th, 2021|Mindful Methods|

Wake up. Do your daily routine. Grab some breakfast. Make sure the kids are ready for school. Jump into your workday. Buzz through meetings and projects. Make and serve dinner. Tidy up. Binge watch something. Go to sleep. Repeat. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a mindless loop of the daily [...]

1 January, 2021

Empathy Fatigue: The Surprising Thing You Might Not Have Heard Of

By |2020-12-30T10:36:55-08:00January 1st, 2021|Mindful Methods|

Empathy is when you connect with and feel someone else’s pain. It’s a beautiful way to connect with others, but it gets exhausting because you are in a constant state of giving out while not receiving anything back in to fill your own coffers. Compassion is trying to alleviate someone else’s pain. Compassion [...]