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Mindfulness Practice

Mindful Snack Time with Baby Yoda

Here’s a fun way to practice mindfulness at snack time!

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Cloud Break

When I begin to feel the stress of being inside too long, when I am focused on the clutter around me, when I start to feel overwhelmed with the “to do” list, and when I have spent too much time … Continue reading

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Kids’ Zen Garden

Zen, in Japanese, means meditation. So essentially Zen Gardening is using gardening to calm the mind and body, enhance focus, and contemplate the metaphors within it that are linked to living life. My kids loved to play in the sand … Continue reading

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Slow Like a Sloth

  This week in small group we are studying SLOTHS!   Until we slow down in the moment, and during life in general, relaxation practice isn’t effective or even very possible.  Slowing down in the first step in the relaxation response, … Continue reading

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I Feel Calm Now

In the yoga tradition, there is a beautiful grounding and focusing chant (Sa Ta Na Ma–kirtan kriya), that is coupled with finger movements.  Whenever I practice this chant, my mind calms down and I often feel like I am floating … Continue reading

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Light as a Feather

As a parting gift for the summer vacation, I gave students a feather today.  We talked about mindfulness and why it is important to bring your attention into the present moment so that you can relax, be aware of how … Continue reading

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Presence in Parenting Part Two

“The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh When you are mindful of your breathing, you are building a bridge between your mind and body.  And, as Thich Nhat … Continue reading

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Presence in Parenting Part One

  I’ve recently been diving into a little book by Thich Nhat Hanh called True Love, and it’s become an inspiration for my parenting, my work in the schools as well as the connections and relationships in my life.  In … Continue reading

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Balancing Stones

When my daughters and I traveled to the Northern coast of Scotland last summer, we visited the enchanting village of Findhorn.  Findhorn is an Ecovillage that became famous in the 1970’s when founders, Eileen and Peter Caddy with Dorothy McClean, … Continue reading

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Labyrinth: A Journey into Relaxation

Walking the Path This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth to walk it for the third time. Giant in size, it is a walk of heart. In fact, the first time I set foot … Continue reading

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