5 Ways to Create More Ease and Less Stress for the Holidays

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It Doesn’t Have to Take a Lot of Time

You want the season to be a beautiful time of sharing and happy memories but it’s not feeling so beautiful right now. In fact, it is feeling downright stressful as your TO DO list gets longer and the time gets shorter. This is the situation many of us find ourselves in, and yet, there is an alternative. Mindfulness.

You think to yourself, “If ...

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How to Feel Your Feelings


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by April Kaiserlian, LMSW

“The fastest way to freedom is to feel your feelings.” –Gita Bellin

I love this quote because it truly blows my mind! What does that mean? How do I feel my feelings? How does that lead to freedom? Although my mind doesn’t entirely understand, my heart feels an immediate sense of relief. Oh. I just have to feel. ...

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The Beginning of My Journey

by Carol Hendershot

We live in a fast paced world and often everything seems to be spinning out of control. I know well the feeling that I could scream if someone gave me one more thing to do or keep track of.

A few years ago, when I was going through a divorce, a change in employment and a son in the throws of addiction, I just wanted to give up. I had tried everything I could think of; working harder and ...

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Why The !%*? Did I Say That?

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By Carol Hendershot

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.”  Brene’ Brown

I don’t know how many times I’ve agonized over that question or a similar one like, “I really screwed that up, what made me yell at him like that?” or “I know I’m right about this, why can’t she see it?” or  “I wonder if he thinks I’m an idiot for saying that?” ...

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Multitasking Is Good for You!

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By April Kaiserlian, LMSW

Are you thinking what I am thinking?

“I thought multitasking was bad for you!”
“Isn’t multitasking the exact opposite of mindfulness?!”

You’re probably reacting this way for good reason. Studies have shown when we try to focus on more than one thing at a time, it can cause a 40% drop in productivity. It can also lower your IQ by ten points, which can feel the same as ...

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Therapy As “Assisted” Mindfulness

By April Hadley, MSW

Horse blindersA few years ago, I took a ride with my family in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park. If you have ever had this experience, you may have noticed the “blinders” the horses wear to cover a portion of their eyes. Blinders are small, square pieces of leather designed to block out some of the horse’s peripheral vision. They help the horse stay focused and not spook ...

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How Mindfulness Helps Build Three Important Qualities of Effective Leaders

By Carol Hendershot

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During my career I’ve been in many leadership positions and I’ve worked with many different leaders. We all seem to get tripped up and stumble in the same places and our effectiveness suffers. We don’t take the time or aren’t able to get through all the noise and confusion to see what is actually happening, or we can’t clear enough mental space in our overloaded brains to come up ...

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4 Ways Mindfulness Helps My Anxiety

By Rachel E. Watson

Rachel's head shotWhen my husband and I took the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class at Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness in 2013, we weren’t sure what to expect. I approached the class with trepidation. What if it’s too much work? What if there’s an Eastern religious angle that conflicts with my Christian faith? What if it doesn’t help reduce my stress? Won’t it be stressful to attend ...

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Practicing Mindfulness

by Carol Hendershot

boadwalkThere are three essential elements to the practice of mindfulness – intention, attention and attitude.

INTENTION is WHY we practice. It’s what brought us to this practice and what keeps us practicing, it’s what is really important to us? Are we practicing to heal a physical or emotional wound, to reduce our stress, or simply for the joy and equanimity it brings ...

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How I Teach My Kids Mindfulness

by April Hadley, MSW

“How do you teach your kids to practice mindfulness meditation?”April-Hadley-300x225

This is one of the most common questions I am asked when people find out that I teach mindfulness meditation for a living. I am often met with a look of confusion when I answer, “I don’t teach my kids how to practice meditation.”

Let me explain. But before I do, what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the simple practice of training ...

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