In control

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A little wisdom to consider as you head into this second day of 2017…hopefully you are feeling optimistic about the year ahead for you and those you love. If not, perhaps it’s because you’ve decided that you know what’s coming – but of course, none of us do. All you can do is find your breath, and make an effort to be present as each moment unfolds. You are in control – of how you respond, if not of what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised by what happens when you learn not so much to let things go, but to let them be, one new moment at a time.

Photo credit: Irina Blok


Monday Moment: Today is tomorrow

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This quote really spoke to me this morning when thinking about all of you goal-oriented types out there, in some sense because I think you can read it more than one way. I mean, of course I love the present moment awareness aspect of it. Now is all you really know for sure, right? But also, I think it speaks to our relationship with goals. Sometimes our fear holds us back from really going after them, and time passes without us getting much closer to achieving them because, on some level, we’re scared of what will happen if we do. On the other hand, sometimes we get so caught up in going after whatever’s next that we fail to recognize how far we’ve come. As in, oh yeah, that’s right, I am exactly where I hope I’d be right now. Go me.

This week, give yourself some credit already, why dontcha? And while you’re at it, remember that there’s no time like the present for stepping on up into your future.

Photo credit: Natalia Luchanko


Monday Moment: Future state

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Morning! Those of you in the US may be sleeping in today in honor of people who likely never slept in — US Presidents. Plenty of you probably aren’t, though, since it’s one of those holidays that schools and jobs sometimes take a pass on. Regardless, we can all start our week with a mindful reminder from Abe, one of our most esteemed.

I love this quote not just for its inspiration, but because it reinforces that mindfulness isn’t a passive activity. It encourages us to get out of our own way, and to make things happen. To me, that is actually the single most exceptional things that mindfulness can do. A regular mindfulness practice of any kind helps you get to know yourself, and without judgement, make choices about what qualities you lead with. While this can create a really nice sense of inner calm, it isn’t just about peace. It’s also about power. The power to make full use of your strengths and push past fear to do great things. Aristotle said that “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” And also, apparently, of a great week. Enjoy all of the possibility in this one.