Fully charged

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People say that darndest things, don’t they? I think that adage is actually about kids, but these days, it seems to apply as much to adults as preschoolers. There are a lot of big, important issues front and center in the world, and tensions are running high. Conversations easily turn into debates, and in the blink of an eye, blur into full-on arguments.

Most of us don’t like arguing, so before things go south, we back away, or avoid the conversation all together. Read More

“No-Fail” Friday: Blended family

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If your week has been anything like mine, you’re probably not going into the weekend looking for a challenge. On the other hand, you came here on a Friday, and you know what we do on Fridays, so…

It’s definitely been “one of those weeks” that feels like at least two or three of them in one. Keeping up my regular, morning mindfulness practice has helped, though. I’ve found the best way to get through an overly-packed day is to be as present as possible in whatever moment I’m in, rather than approaching the “whole day” at once. Starting from a centered place helps make that more possible.

Not that I don’t ever get overwhelmed, because that happens all the time. It’s just, I have a place to come back to where my perspective is more grounded. It’s the coming back that is the meditation, as you’ve heard me say before. It’s all about awareness.

It’s also about perspective, though – which was really the theme of the week, if I had to put a word on it.  And so, it will also be the theme of our “no-fail” mindfulness challenge for the weekend ahead. Read More

“No-Fail” Friday: Hear me out

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I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long week over here. I’m more than ready to greet this beautiful Friday and the weekend ahead. On the other hand, it’s been a week full of gratitude for the things that make life a happy place, and clarity around the importance of prioritizing them. We’re all better off when surrounded by the people, things and activities that make us feel loved and valued. Of course, if you read this week’s earlier post, you know it isn’t always possible to be in that state, and in fact, it’s important to push ourselves into the “discomfort zone” of disagreement now and then. Like all of our mindfulness challenges, it’s a “no-fail” proposition because your effort and intention is the key. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, but if you want to live in a better world like I do, it is absolutely necessary.  Read More