Gotta have it

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Last year around this time, I wrote a post about “acceptance, and the lack thereof.” Acceptance is a Buddhist concept often incorporated into mindfulness (which is not an explicitly Buddhist practice), that basically encourages you to be real about the circumstances around you. Struggling with whether things should or shouldn’t be the way they are won’t change them. Sometimes, you can change what you don’t like. Other times, it is what it is.

As I noted last year, there are times when this is easier than others. Read More


Exactly right

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This time of year can be full of highs and lows. The season itself is hectic, let alone all the end-of-semester/quarter/year work you need to manage. Some of you are hearing from business schools with decisions that impact your future, while others are still grinding on those essays or exams for January application deadlines. There’s anxiety, stress, hope, elation, disappointment, and relief – sometimes all before lunch. It’s exhausting to me just thinking about it, let alone being you.

It’s interesting, though, when you break it all down, to consider what’s fueling the ride. Read More


Monday Moment: What it is

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This Monday may be tougher than most for some of you out there, depending on whether it was a holiday weekend for you, and if so, how big you went during it. Or maybe every weekend’s a holiday for you, and you need a little help every Monday. No judgment here – for real, though. Either way, Tara Brach is here to remind us that the present moment is what it is…if we release the idea of struggling with it, we might find that it’s not so bad. So much of our discomfort comes from the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening. What if you just let go, and let it be? Give yourself the chance to check it out, and if you don’t like it – good news – it will pass. Everything does. In other words, it will be Friday again before you know it.

Have a present week :)