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 Take a Mindfulness Class?

by Ashley Bovin

As mindfulness continues to grow as a practice and influence in our culture, there is no shortage of
resources available to help you begin your own mindfulness journey. These resources can vary in cost and commitment level—from free articles, podcasts, and
e-books, to full-length books, to one-day workshops, week-long retreats, and 8-week classes. 

The many different formats ...

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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 Mindfulness? And Why does it matter?

by Carol Hendershot

Mindfulness means different things to different people. For some, it is a means for reducing stress or calming their anxious minds. For others, it is a way to help with the symptoms of chronic illness. Many people use it as a way to feel more engaged in and curious about life. It is viewed in some circles as a way to increase focus and attention and open up space for creativity. ...

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3 Ways to Become a More Patient Person

By Carol Hendershot

I was not born with a strong patience gene. Before mindfulness, I was always in a hurry. I would honk at cars in the wrong lane, tap my toe in check-out lines, finish peoples’ sentences, and huff and puff when my computer wouldn’t load.

Our culture supports this way of being; our hurry-up world is always pushing us. We hear the “do more, be more” messages from parents, teachers, advertisers, and even ...
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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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Being Thankful Can Change Your Life

Why I Started a Gratitude Practice

by Carol Hendershot

Three months ago, I started a gratitude practice. I know, it seems a bit late. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of gratitude and recommending it for years but somehow I couldn’t quite buy into it. So, I just kept putting it off.

On August 17, I arrived at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in the southern ...

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