Lift Your Mood with These Simple Yoga Stretches

by Carol Hendershot

 

When I first started doing yoga, it was for one simple reason: I wanted to get rid of my anxiety. A friend had invited me to a yoga class, and she said it might help with my restlessness, my inability to sit still, and maybe even my depression. I know; I was all over the map. 

I didn’t really hold out much hope. I had taken up meditation in college to relieve my anxiety and ...

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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.

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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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