Posts Tagged "mindfulness"

Hiking With My Son ~ A Mindfulness Practice

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s one hundred degrees in town and the ninety-degree temperature at my house in the mountains feels almost cool in comparison. I decide it’s a perfect day to take my 2-year old son Xavier for a hike.   I know the spot well; a flat trail with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains in the state park just a few miles away.  As soon as we hit the trail he starts running. Fast. I know what’s coming next and cringe. He falls. It seems to hurt me more than it does him. He jumps up and keeps running. He trips again, this time a full-face plant. I rush over to him, and then back off as he pops back up, mouth covered in dirt.  We continue this way, stopping...

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How Thought Labeling Can Reduce Anxiety

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am on a hike with my husband and 4-year-old son. We are doing a loop, and we’ve got about a quarter mile left, which is all uphill. We stop for some water and snacks to fuel up for the last stretch. My son sits happily eating a Lara bar. “Look at this ant Momma!” he says. I respond, but it’s halfhearted if I’m honest, as my attention has been pulled elsewhere. The sky is getting dark and the clouds are moving swiftly. The sun seems to have vanished. “It’s going to rain,” I think to myself. Then my mind is off and running. “We’re going to get soaked!” “He’s going to be miserable.”...

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Creating A Gap Through Meditation

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Through the practice of mediation, we are able to create a gap between our thoughts and our behavior.  By staying present in the energy in the body instead of getting wrapped up in our thinking, we can create choice about our behavior.  This is the story of my own experience of getting bit by a cat.  I couldn’t believe it. “We were supposed to be friends,” I thought, and to my horror, my next thought was, “Kick it!” To read the full article, click...

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The Fly

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In my last article, I introduced the idea of working with the mind as a way of curbing one’s temper.  To read that article and watch a video by Pema Chodron, click here.  Pema explains that we have little control of our external environment, so, what to do when we feel agitated, angry, and aggressive?  We have to learn to work with our own minds.  How do we do that?  Through meditation. The Fly We have all had the experience of being annoyed by a fly.  You swat it away only to have it come back.  You kill it only to have another one appear.  This is how the mind works as well; our thoughts being like a fly.  An annoying one pops up and goes away. Then an...

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Got A Temper? Wear Some Shoes!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wondering what the heck I’m talking about?  Watch this 2 and a half-minute video of Pema Chodron to hear the explanation. Pema is saying something we don’t want to hear – that the key to our own inner-peace and happiness has to do with the way we work with our own minds. Life is for the most part out of our control.  It is impossible to make everything go the way we want it to or think it should be. Why Can’t the Other Person Just Change? Most of us are very invested in getting other people to change and be as we’d like them to be.  We think things like, “If he/she would only: stop yelling at me make more money be home...

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