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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Falling in Love with Meditation

Woman meditatingby Carol Hendershot

“I meditate so that my mind can’t complicate my life.” Sri Chinmoy

When I realized that our theme this month was “Making Practice Enjoyable,” I felt a stab of fear. Communicating the joy of meditation to people who are just beginning to meditate felt really daunting.

Don’t get me wrong; I love meditation, once I get on my cushion. But, just like most meditators, or would be meditators, getting there ...

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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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Generosity Begins with You

GenerosityBy Patti Ward, M.Ed.

December can easily be seen as a month of great generosity. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition for ‘generosity’ is: the quality of being kind and generous. The meaning of ‘generous’ is to show a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected. What’s your definition of generosity?

There is actually a “Science of Generosity Initiative” at the University of Notre Dame. In their ...

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Give Your Mind A Place to Sit

a place to sit

By April Hadley, LLMSW

Who am I? Do people like me? Is my work good enough? Am I failing at being a parent? What if I don’t get that job? I know the rattling noise in my car is going to be a huge repair bill!

Can you relate to any of these thoughts?

There’s nothing wrong with you. In fact, with nothing ...

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