28 August, 2018

Remembering Tragedy: Grieving the Mass Shootings, Bombings, and Terrorist Attacks that Affect Us All

By |2018-08-27T13:27:33+00:00August 28th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

Yesterday, as I walked into a friend’s book signing event, a younger (40-something) friend of mine named Lisa came up to me and said, “Oh my God! I just finished your book! I’m making my husband read it! It’s going to be my bible!” This beautiful young mom went on to say how [...]

15 August, 2018

Attitude Adjustment: From “F*CK ME!” To “I CAN DO IT!”

By |2018-08-13T09:40:34+00:00August 15th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

I’d like to say that I like hiking, because I’d like to be one of those cool, outdoorsy women who can do anything; but…I hate hiking! In the Pacific Northwest this summer, we dropped anchor on our sailboat in all these beautiful coves in the Islands. We took our little inflatable tender to shore. Sometimes [...]

1 August, 2018

Music As Mindfulness: For Your Next Meditation, Try Music

By |2018-07-30T12:36:34+00:00August 1st, 2018|Mindful Methods|

One fabulous activity that you probably already do and have never thought of as a mindfulness exercise in daily life is listening to music. If you are really listening and letting it fill you up and move you, you are using music as meditation. And, you are rewiring your brain for more happiness. [...]

15 July, 2018

Mindful Parenting for Those Long Summer Days: Mindful Parenting Means Taking Care of YOU

By |2018-07-12T10:12:36+00:00July 15th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

Summertime often means more free time, especially for kids. And with that extra free time can come new explorations of exactly where the boundaries are that parents have done their best to outline. When boundaries are pushed or broken, things can get tense, even angry. What’s a parent to do? How can we [...]

4 July, 2018

Recognizing Our Differences: Kids in Cages and the Great Political Divide

By |2018-07-03T09:59:21+00:00July 4th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

It felt pretty nice getting invited to play cards with four women, three of whom I had just met, during a weekend boating event on Father’s day weekend. I’m not a card player so I had to concentrate on the rules – 7 decks of cards with rules changing every hand. At one [...]

1 July, 2018

The Receiving-Sending Meditation (Tonglen): Transforming Suffering Into Light, Love, and Peace

By |2018-06-25T13:15:44+00:00July 1st, 2018|Mindful Methods|

Have you ever had the nagging feeling that you are helpless to the whims of the chaos that seems to be blowing through life at any given moment? Me, too. And perhaps that’s why this meditation is my favorite. You can use it in moments of strife in your own life; you can [...]

15 June, 2018

Your Mindful Day x10: 10 Tips for Tapping Into Mindfulness Every Day

By |2018-06-12T08:50:12+00:00June 15th, 2018|Mindful Methods|

I recently told a friend that I never imagined needing to use my mindful methods ten times a day or more, but that is where I find myself. And the silver lining of this extreme testing is that it works! If you need a quick reference to remind you which mindful methods are [...]

1 June, 2018

Mindful Methods Practice During a Medical Procedure

By |2018-05-31T12:12:42+00:00June 1st, 2018|Mindful Methods|

I declined the Valium before my epidural pain injection in my lumbar spine because I reasoned that my meditation practice would help me manage any fear or anxiety that might come up. I wasn’t sure what technique I would pull from my Mindful Methods toolbox, but I had the box at the ready! [...]