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.

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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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What is Your True North?

By Carol Hendershot

Every year on December 31, I spend some time reflecting on the past year.  And then, like a lot of you, I look forward to what I want to accomplish in the next 365 days. There is never any lack of possible projects to take on, but this year my focus is different.

This year I want to focus on discovering my values–the things that are really important to me that ...

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Start with Beginner’s Mind

eyes of a childby Carol Hendershot

“To the beginner there are many possibilities, to the expert, few.” Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

It’s December 31 and I haven’t made even one New Year’s resolution yet. It’s not that haven’t thought about it, actually that’s all I’ve been thinking about today.

Some of the possible candidates have included: losing 5 pounds, sending out more thank you notes, going to bed earlier, doing yoga and meditation ...

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Finding Wholeness

Many Colored Days
by Katy Chapman, Mindfulness Instructor

A couple of years ago, I went on a spiritual journey to my church’s headquarters. I took a class titled, ‘Healing and Wholeness’. Little did I know that this was the beginning of some very significant changes in my life.

My Healing and Wholeness Class taught me that to heal deeper life wounds, and to achieve greater ...

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Meeting Difficult Emotions with Compassion

by Carol Hendershot

Life is just hard sometimes. We get sad, angry, frustrated, lonely, and afraid.

If you’re like me you will do everything and anything you can to avoid the pain. Have a glass of wine, get lost in Facebook, go shopping, or eat ten doughnuts. If only all those tactics worked, but they don’t. The feelings don’t go away they just get buried for a while, take their vitamins, and get ready to erupt in a Mount Vesuvius kind of ...

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