Centered city (NYU)

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There are few places in the world more vibrant than New York City. When you combine the powerful influences of the city with the epic transition of the college or graduate school years, you’ve got yourself a recipe for an exciting but potentially bumpy, and overwhelming, ride. During a time of life that is already full of critical decisions, how do you make choices when – quite literally – everything is at your fingertips? How do you manage the internal flux typical of those years when the local environment is one of constant stimulation?

If you’re lucky enough to be a student at New York University (NYU), you may get really overwhelmed, but then…you know just where to go to catch your breath.  Read More


Change of scenery: Wharton’s LeadUp

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By now you probably know that I appreciate a mindfulness habit. I encourage the people I teach to look for even small ways to incorporate some kind of meditation, movement, or other type of mindfulness into as many days a week as possible. Research has shown that 10-15 minutes of meditation consistently throughout the week is more effective at improving self-regulation than more sporadic, longer practices. But, I’m more than familiar with the various ways life can get in the way of the best intentions. Whether you’re new to mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner, sometimes the best way to (re)start is by diving all the way in for some full immersion, and taking yourself off the grid for a few. Read More


Into the woods: Meditation @ Tuck

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A breath of fresh air. There’s nothing like it for resetting yourself after a tough moment, or clearing your mind when you’re working something out. Sometimes we don’t even know we need it until we are exposed to a new idea, perspective, or person, and we’re invigorated with the possibility of a new direction. Whether we consider ourselves “outdoorsy” or not, nature has a way of centering us, slowing our pace and minimizing the chatter in our minds. It connects us to our “observing mind,” and gives us a break from the torrent of planning and worrying that keeps our brain spinning most days. Nature lures us into stillness, whether taking in a breathtaking vista or the simple beauty of undisturbed natural space. Lucky for me, just a few weeks ago, I got to experience both. Read More