The Power of Opposite Action

Is there someone in your life who consistently has a way of pushing your buttons?  Maybe more than one person?  Could you imagine how different things could be if you just listened to them, really listened, and didn’t interrupt them.   Matt Kahn describes the use of the Law of Polarity to help shift any troublesome relationship. He says instead of matching the energy of others,do the opposite. If they are yelling, you listen quietly. If they …

Using Yoga & Mindfulness to Improve Our Sleep

We often think about the practice of yoga as helping us manage stress and as an aid to greater self-awareness. Most commonly, when we think of yoga practices that aid us in those endeavors, we usually think of postures, breathing and meditation. However, it’s easy to overlook the yoga practices of lifestyle that are simple, yet have profound effects. Those choices can actually help support our other yoga practices (and vice versa) by keeping our …

Up, Up, & Away: Mindful Travel & Sightseeing

Summer has arrived and for many readers, this means travel plans, day trips, and sightseeing adventures are planned for the near future.  Traveling can bring out both the best and worst in all of us.  It’s always enriching to experience a new culture or destination, but it takes a lot of advanced preparation.  And once we have arrived, we may have to contend with language barriers, cultural differences, and navigating a new place. Putting all …

What Holds Your Attention?

Take a moment and contemplate the last time you just stopped.  You weren’t checking email, texts, watching TV, doing bills or errands… you were just resting.  Our culture is concerned with “what we do (for a living),” “what we did (on the weekend),” or “what was done (at work).”  But this constant striving, outputting of energy is costing us all. We are tense with our children and spouses, we are short with co-workers, or unable …

Ride the Wave

How many times have you felt battered by the waves?  We often find ourselves struggling in that metaphorical sea of waves – strong emotions, unexpected events, illness, and difficult relationships.  They ebb and flow just like the waves of the sea.  And just like a surfer in the ocean, we try to navigate them skillfully.  We try to keep our heads above water. In our minds, we expect to be expert navigators right from the …

Interconnectedness: My Soul Recognizes Your Soul

Jack Kornfield, a teacher and author in the Vipassana movement, acknowledges in the above-mentioned quote a phenomenon called “limbic resonance”, a state in which two mammals become attuned to each other’s emotional states.  Modern neuroscience and the neurobiology of attachment are beginning to uncover the importance of interconnectedness. Combined with psychology, we now know the ancient practice of mindfulness combined with loving awareness has the ability to enhance not only our wellbeing, but also that …

SAVOR: Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

After maintaining a consistent mindfulness practice,  you may begin to notice what feels like a slowing-down of time. Yes! Like time is actually moving slower! This, in fact, was the first and maybe even the most precious gift I received in my early days of practicing meditation regularly.  What a joy to have more time for things … imagine how much more I could accomplish! What accompanied this sense of slowing-down, though, were an insatiable curiosity, a …

Healthy Routines for Summertime Success

Summer is on the horizon and with its impending arrival are changes.  Many of us look forward to the longer days, but it also means adjusting to new routines.  Parents are adapting to kids being out of school, while others are looking forward to exciting travel plans.  There might be even bigger events around the corner, like a relocation or new job opportunity.  Whatever the change may be, it is important to stick to healthy …

Turning Mistakes Into Triumph: Tips for Parents & Caregivers

My most powerful “Aha! moments” have come from making gut wrenching mistakes and minor faux pas.  As a child, I recall my mom saying, “Do what you think is right.” Argh!  Of course, I knew it wasn’t right!  Even though it was painful at times to feel complete responsibility for my own mistakes, I am now thankful for them. When children get incorrect answers on tests or quizzes, their grades suffer commensurately.  Of course, no …

More Common Than You Think: Encopresis (Childhood Soiling)

How many children do you know with Attention Deficit Disorder?  Probably several, at least.  How many children do you know who suffer from Encopresis, otherwise known as childhood soiling?  You might have observed a much smaller number of children in this latter category.  Nationally, only about 4-5% of children are known to have Attention Deficit Disorder, while up to 6% of elementary school children struggle with Encopresis. Encopresis is an unpleasant problem for the child, …