1 September, 2023

Finding Peace and Sharing Compassion Through Mindful Connection: Feeling Down? Find the Helpers!

By |2023-09-01T10:04:02-07:00September 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

When a slice of paradise is reduced to ashes while climate change threatens to unleash more infernos, floods, and disasters on a world already suffering from war, poverty, and violence, how should we respond? The Hawai’i Community Foundation is boots on the ground in Lāhainā funding trusted partners. See their Maui Strong Fund here. [...]

1 August, 2023

Caregivers — Reach out and Let People Show Their Love

By |2023-07-19T10:50:28-07:00August 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

I recently spoke with “Care Giver Dave” Nassaney on his Care Giver Dave’s podcast and learned some alarming statistics. Did you know that approximately 30% of caregivers die before the person they are caring for? For those caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s worse. A Stanford Medicine study found 40% of Alzheimer’s caregivers [...]

1 July, 2023

Get Your Birdsong On: All that cheeping and chirping has lasting benefits for your well-being and mental health; all you have to do is listen!

By |2023-06-19T14:12:57-07:00July 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

Have you noticed how your body and mind respond to the sounds of birds chirping to their little hearts’ content? If you haven’t, I suggest you try one of my favorite activities: listening to the calming sounds of birdsong. According to this Washington Post article, just listening to birds singing brings all kinds of healing [...]

1 June, 2023

10 Ways to Be Your Own Best Friend: Stop trying to be superhuman and practice these self-care steps instead

By |2023-05-15T12:55:12-07:00June 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

There's a designated date on the calendar for just about everything, from celebrating our favorite foods and animals to raising awareness of all the medical conditions and social problems that deserve our attention. Looking through some of the more lighthearted and fun days coming up, I was reminded that June 6 is Best Friends Day, [...]

1 May, 2023

Stay Informed Without Compromising Your Mental Health

By |2023-11-29T08:07:32-08:00May 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

Welcome to May, Mental Health Awareness Month! Is it a coincidence it follows Stress Awareness Month in April? I think not.It’s a fact: Stress is harmful to our emotional, physical, and mental health, and taking steps to reduce stress is one of the important things we can do to guard our mental health!The goal of [...]

1 April, 2023

Breathe in Nature, Breathe out Calm: The benefits of breathing deeply, Forest Bathing and mindfulness in Spring and year-round

By |2023-03-20T14:06:30-07:00April 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

When you feel tightness in your chest and find yourself taking shallow breaths or otherwise feel stressed, have you noticed what a difference it makes to pause and breathe deeply? Now think about how you feel even more relaxed when you step outside and take a walk, taking deep breaths as you walk. Whether you [...]

8 March, 2023

Read, Meditate, Connect during National Reading Month: Self-Care, Sisterhood and SNAP! go together

By |2023-03-06T10:01:59-08:00March 8th, 2023|Mindful Methods|

Hello March! March is National Reading Month and International Women’s Day is March 8, a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide! This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity, and we are being challenged to imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination — where difference is valued and celebrated. What [...]

1 February, 2023

Open Your Heart for Random Acts of Kindness: Loving Kindness Meditation is one way we can soften our hearts so we can share more kindness in the world

By |2023-01-31T09:03:07-08:00February 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

Have you ever let someone who has just a few items jump in front of you in line at the grocery store? Or left an extra-generous tip for a person working in a low-paying service job? Perhaps you saw a homeless person on a street corner and offered them half a sandwich while stopped at [...]

1 January, 2023

How the ‘Act’ in SNAP Opened a New Act for Me: Poetry and community grow from virtual mindfulness and meditation class that began in the pandemic

By |2022-12-23T11:35:20-08:00January 1st, 2023|Mindful Methods|

Writing poetry has become part of my life, a branch of a tree rooted in a community of mindfulness. I’m excited and nervous to be a featured poet at an event called Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices on January 17, 2023. For me, writing poetry started when I said yes at the beginning of the lockdown to [...]

1 December, 2022

More Proof Mindfulness Works!

By |2022-12-01T08:22:00-08:00December 1st, 2022|Mindful Methods|

Science now verifies meditation can be as effective as medication for treating anxiety; these mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques are a SNAP! Over 15 years ago, a doctor recommended I try a course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to manage extreme stress affecting my speech and causing me to garble words. I’m lucky my brain and [...]