1 August, 2019

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Shame and Guilt

By |2019-07-17T08:42:43-07:00August 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

Mindfulness teaches us how to feel emotions in our bodies. Feelings like shame, guilt, and anger can all be felt somewhere in the body; emotion is not just an intellectual thing. And when you can notice and become aware of the emotions in your body, you can treat yourself with kindness. Mindful Self-Compassion [...]

1 July, 2019

Mindful Introspection: Identifying Our Self-Care Needs for Soothing Rattled Nerves

By |2019-06-27T10:59:06-07:00July 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

One Friday morning, I woke up feeling rattled. It wasn’t immediately clear to me why, so I used mindfulness to gently investigate why I was feeling this way. I noticed that my physical body felt tired – probably due to some leftover jet lag from recent travels. Then I observed that it was [...]

15 June, 2019

Mindfulness On Demand: Turn Almost Anything Into A Mindfulness Meditation

By |2019-06-06T11:11:03-07:00June 15th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

I went to Bhutan last year and had the unique experience of doing my morning mindfulness meditation to the sound of a dozen or more barking dogs across the river. It was wild! And it provided a great learning opportunity. Part of what makes the practice of mindfulness so uniquely powerful is that [...]

1 June, 2019

Make Mindfulness Your Own: 3 Ways To Get Started

By |2019-05-21T07:47:16-07:00June 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing our attention on thoughts, words, actions, feelings, and experiences that we consciously choose to focus on. It is a peaceful counterbalance to both the reactivity and the “autopilot” way of being we so often experience in life. I enjoy using Loving Kindness phrases in my mindfulness practice, [...]

20 May, 2019

Use Mindful Methods Like There’s No Tomorrow: to Ensure There Is One!

By |2019-05-14T08:23:10-07:00May 20th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

I found myself saying to a friend, “I’m using my mindful methods like there’s no tomorrow — just to ensure that there is one!” This made me laugh, and I knew I wanted to share it with you. All too easily, moments of anxiety, sadness, anger, or fear can overwhelm us and have [...]

10 May, 2019

Tap Into Mindfulness Anytime, Anywhere with 4 Easy Steps

By |2019-05-07T10:59:37-07:00May 10th, 2019|Mindful Methods|

One of the things I remind my students (and myself!) most is that mindfulness is a practice. Yes, it’s a “practice” in that it’s a method, but in this case I am literally referring to the fact that – in order for it to be an effective, long-term strategy for bettering your life [...]

1 April, 2019

Mindfulness Is a Practice: Don’t Forget the Humor!

By |2019-02-19T08:34:22-08:00April 1st, 2019|Mindful Methods|

A friend recently asked me, “How long is it going to take to figure out this life stuff?” I said, “I don’t want to sound demoralizing, but it’s really a lifetime practice managing your emotions and your stress and your sorrow. It takes a lifetime.” Mindfulness is a tool that can help us [...]