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 [...]

18 December, 2020

Pickles and Ice Cream with a Dose of Healthy Tears

By |2020-12-18T08:25:22-08:00December 18th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

As I was placing my online grocery order the other day, I came upon a new brand of pickles in the refrigerator section. New and novel things are supposed to be good for us in Covidland as we shelter in place, so I thought, “why not give these pickles a try?” “Are they [...]

1 November, 2020

Overwhelmed with Pandemic Parenting?: Your Joy Matters Too.

By |2021-01-27T07:51:49-08:00November 1st, 2020|Mindful Methods|

This pandemic has taught us all some unexpected lessons about ourselves, and here’s one to take to heart if you haven’t yet: Parents, your wellness matters. Between remote schooling and COVID-cautious in-person school or other activities for your kids, you’re certainly not alone if the pandemic has found you up to your eyeballs [...]

14 September, 2020

Returning Home

By |2020-09-14T11:41:11-07:00September 14th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

I’ve been grappling recently with how to communicate on social media with friends and acquaintances when they share posts that are inflammatory. Some posts are obviously designed to sow discord. They are premeditatedly conceived to get under the skin of a particular group so that as anger or outrage arises, all critical reasoning [...]