Monday Moment: We’re golden

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I love a good party, and I am never one to turn down an excuse to turn it up and step out in something fierce. In the absence of such an opportunity, I am more than happy to curl up on the couch and tune in to see some beautiful people show us how it’s done. That was the plan last night, when my popcorn and I settled in for some red-carpet moments before a certain annually-televised awards show. While I got all the glitz and glam I expected, there was also this, a moment that while – yes – politically-motivated, also struck a chord as a reminder of the power of empathy, not just as a state of being but as an act. As an external expression of an open heart. As behavior that reveals an underlying belief in the value of others’ experiences, including their thoughts and emotions.

It was a lovely and unexpected thing, to encounter such a lesson in the midst of what might otherwise be an exercise in anything but empathy. But, mindfulness can find you anywhere, if you’re paying attention.

Photo credit: Arto Marttinen 


#MBAsOpenUp*

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Let’s see if this sounds about right to you. Mindful people are centered and calm. Because they’re calm, they’re also pretty quiet. They don’t like to ruffle feathers, so they avoid conflict and never express challenging thoughts or ideas. Does that sound spot-on? If you’re nodding yes, don’t be alarmed, but…the answer is, not necessarily.  In fact, the more you practice mindfulness, the harder it can be to keep your opinions to yourself.  Read More


Monday Moment: Ripple effect

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Welcome to a brand new week! Pretty much regardless of where you live in the world, a fresh start probably sounds appealing right now, even if it does require encountering a Monday to make it happen. Amidst the magnitude of difficult events around the US and the world, it’s easy and understandable to feel helpless. Unless there’s a major world leader reading this, most of us don’t have the power to enact sweeping change ourselves. What we can control is limited to ourselves, and even that is challenging, right? But that doesn’t mean we don’t try.

In the face of trying times, we can strive to be a light. We can be kind, generous, and compassionate in regular everyday interactions with others. We can listen, and engage in difficult conversations for the sake of creating empathy and understanding. We can make others feel heard, appreciated, and welcomed in our space. We can recognize the beauty in our differences. We can hope that these small choices ripple outward, inclining others to do the same and creating communities where diversity and mutual respect are central. We can start that ripple ourselves, and will it to echo out as far as possible.

Photo credit: Robbins Flores