Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. — Jon Kabat-Zinn My introduction to mindfulness practices came during a time of personal upheaval. I was anxious and fearful, critical of others and myself. And I could turn most any negative thought into something bigger than it truly was. On the outside, I looked fine. But inside … [Read more...] about Stressed? An Introduction to Mindfulness
Are you carrying a heavy load? Does your heavy load mean a full calendar, non-stop activity, and no margin? Perhaps it's time to consider the seashells. Have you ever walked on a beach, picking up seashells as you go, discerning the most beautiful among them to add to your collection? The larger ones stand out as you approach, begging further investigation. The unusual ones beckon. The … [Read more...] about Heavy Load to Carry? Consider the Seashells
One of the most difficult concepts I ever had to learn – and that I still sometimes struggle with - was the importance of putting me first. As Moms, our lives revolve around other people, especially if we take care of little people. We make sure they get where they need to be. We put meals on the table. We help with homework, volunteer at schools, assist with extracurricular activities, give … [Read more...] about Self Care vs. Self Sacrifice: Which Do You Choose?
As I trained for my first (and to date, only) marathon, the words of a longtime friend kept coming to mind. Always remember, YOU signed up for this. I laughed when he said it, but I didn’t know how true his statement was. Yes, I registered online and paid the registration fee. I printed out the training plan. I bought new gear. The anticipation was pretty exciting, before I had put in any … [Read more...] about You Signed Up for This