Letting Go of the Tail of the Elephant

by Carol Hendershot

There is a story about a group of blind men who came upon a strange and wondrous creature called an elephant. None of them had ever heard of such a strange beast before and decided to check it out. With some trepidation, they approached the animal from different angles. One approached from the front and touched the elephant’s trunk, proclaiming that this creature resembled a very thick snake. ...

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Caught: How We Can Get Addicted to Almost Anything and How Mindfulness Can Help

By Carol Hendershot

The brain is an amazing, simplifying mechanism. It loves to automate as much as possible; otherwise, how would we make it through our lives (or even one day)?

The more automatic our brain can make our life, the more energy it can conserve for the hard work of meeting new experiences and figuring out how to make them more automatic.

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5 Ways to Train Your Mind for Happiness

It’s not just a pipe-dream anymore and there is science to prove it.

By Carol Hendershot

You’ve probably heard that by training in mindfulness, you can reduce the negative effects of stress on your mind and body. You may have even heard that mindfulness reduces anxiety and depression and helps people cope with chronic illness. But did you know ...

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Mindfulness: Where Do I Start?

by Jeni Juarez


In my experience, and I’m pretty sure that psychological research would back me up on this, human beings don’t start new, helpful routines unless they are motivated. We tend to make sincere and lasting changes to our day-to-day lives only if we are at or nearing our tolerance threshold for emotional, psychological, or physical pain. For me, it was debilitating stress that brought me to mindfulness practices.

Have ...

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Why Pay Attention?

By Jeni Juarez

When my oldest daughter, Elaina, first tried tying her own shoes, she couldn’t figure it out. She immediately became frustrated and said, “I can’t do it.” When I softly suggested that she try again, she gave me an emphatic, “NO!”. Oh no, I thought… this sounds a bit like someone else I know who struggles with getting things wrong…me.

Who likes to be bad at things? Definitely not ...

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Befriend Your Body with Self-Compassion

by Carol Hendershot

“before I could release the weight of my sadness and pain, I first had to honor its existence” ~ yung pueblo

For thousands of years, our ancestors listened to the call of the body to inform the mind and spirit. At what point did we lose this ability.

The body is the most amazing repository of wisdom. Our bodies tell us when we are tired, when ...

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