Top 3 Obstacles People Face in Attending MBSR…And How to Work Through Them

July 5, 2017 | Mindfulness

#1 I can’t make all of the sessions. This is by far the number one thing I hear from students trying to figure out if now’s the time for them to take the 8 week program.  Here’s what I tell them every time: Meditation is just too important to put off, even for just a Read the full article…

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What Repeat MBSR Students Have to Say About Taking the Program Twice

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“After taking MBSR the first time, I learned so much and was so excited to really become a meditator!  And then that same life pull of too much work and not enough time happened, and I found myself losing my practice.  It was a relief to take it a second time…got me right back into Read the full article…

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Being in Charge of Your Own Mind So No One Else Can

February 8, 2013  |  Mindfulness

In college, a man scaled the outside of my three-story brownstone and broke in to my apartment. He held me captive and threatened me before I was able to escape. I wasn’t physically harmed, and soon after they caught the guy and put him in jail. I received my first lesson in mindfulness in the days that followed this event…lessons that I have never forgotten and that have made me into the person I am today.

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6 Powerful Steps to Keep You Meditating

January 31, 2013  |  Mindfulness

It happens to all of us. We want to meditate, we know it’s good for us, and we feel a heckuva lot better when we do. But we stop. Days, weeks, months go by, and soon, when we start to even think about meditation, we get an uncomfortable pang in our heart….there’s another thing I should be doing but aren’t. And soon, meditation gets coupled with this sense of discouragement.

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An Outstanding Reason to Meditate

December 26, 2012  |  Mindfulness

A few months ago my dog Flower pushed out my side gate and got lost. Flower is a pound pup, with a soft face and eyes filled with everything we love about dogs.

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The Joy of Mindful Parenting

September 12, 2012  |  Mindfulness

It seems extraordinary that the one time in our lives we are supposed to be fancy-free of stress is when we are kids, and yet the US is seeing an alarming rate of kids rating their stress as something they ‘experience on a daily basis and that consistently interrupts the flow of their lives.’ But really, it makes sense. The more stressed the parents, the more stressed the kids, and it seems impossible to find anyone who isn’t stressing these days.

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ABC News Nightline Interested in Mindful Eating

April 4, 2012  |  Mindfulness

When ABC News Nightline called to say they were interested in doing a segment on the Mindful Eating program I teach at UNM Center for Life, of course we were overjoyed. Does anyone else out there think that the way we approach food and weight issues needs an overhaul in this country?

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How our brains can help us meditate

March 10, 2012  |  Mindfulness

When Jan first tried to meditate, she thought, “Man, this is harder than it looks.” And so began her on again, off again love affair with meditation.

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What’s that sound in the Zendo?

February 6, 2012  |  Mindfulness

Everyone is hushed in the meditation room….up here it’s called a zendo. We are at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe on a four day retreat entitled Zen Brain: Consciousness and the Fundamental Nature of Mind. Some pretty serious stuff. And we are currently preparing for a talk by Dr. Cliff, a PhD from the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis.

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Tea With a Master

January 20, 2012  |  Mindfulness

There are two ways to drink a cup of tea. One way we drink, the liquid goes down, the mind registers a glimpse of taste and warmth, and then we go back about our business. Almost like a car in traffic slowing down for an old lady to cross in front of us. We register Read the full article…

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