Author: Alice Dommert

Musings on wholebeing@work
What is yoga?

What is yoga?

He was a man in his early 60’s who earnestly asked the question. “What is yoga?” I was doing a presentation for a large accounting firm in Philadelphia. At first, I wasn't sure if he was serious, but I answered the question as best as I could. After the presentation, we talked further and...

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The Four Big Perks of Mindfulness

The Four Big Perks of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is getting a lot of buzz in the last year, and sometimes it is hard to tell what is media hype and what is real. There are many people, myself included, who could sit with you for hours and cite the benefits of having mindfulness practices in their life. I will also tell you, they...

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Thinking Traps to Escape Routes: How to scale the biggest barrier to resilience

Thinking Traps to Escape Routes: How to scale the biggest barrier to resilience

Lately, our team has been talking about, sharing, and practicing our resilience skills in a way we never imagined. It's a fascinating topic to think and train for resilience and yet you only know if your investment in the practices has been worth the effort when things get real. We've had many...

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Somewhere in the middle

Somewhere in the middle

In mindfulness, we learn that in everything there is a beginning, a middle, and an end. In life, in relationships, in conversations, in thoughts, in feelings, and in every breath. Even in a pandemic. Right now, we are somewhere in the middle. As I talked with friends and family, colleagues,...

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Unexpected Beauty from COVID-19

Unexpected Beauty from COVID-19

We're never really prepared for life and here we are, at a place none of us could have expected. No one is immune to the disappointments, the disruption and the distractions as we try and figure this out. As many are saying, there is no guide book for this experience. The days feel like weeks as...

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Washing hands and working with fear

Washing hands and working with fear

It looks like with Covid-19's arrival we’ll be getting a serious mindfulness workout about being with the unknown this week and maybe for the next few weeks. Fear may be coming up for you, as naturally happens when answers are not black and white, and the days ahead look uncertain. One thing we...

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Appreciating Emotions

Appreciating Emotions

Last week, Jack Curley and I presented our Attitude of Gratitude Wholebeing Workshop and added some new elements. One of the benefits of the work we do is that we are continuously reading and learning about the most recent studies related to our topics. Gratitude is an interesting one. There is not...

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5,649 Steps to Happiness

5,649 Steps to Happiness

Kelly McGonigal has hit a home run again. She wrote The Upside of Stress and now has a new book called The Joy of Movement. She weaves stories and research in a way no one else can and always leaves me feeling inspired. Yet her words in this book are beyond inspiration. She's not trying to...

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Active Recovery

Active Recovery

I am super excited. Yesterday I signed up to run the Broad Street Run with the Children's Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) team. It's been a long time since I ran an "official" race. Frankly, I thought my running days were over. But after a committed year of functional movement training, it...

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Where’s your mat?

Where’s your mat?

I'm sharing a bit more than I'm comfortable with today. Yet, it feels important because I'm always testing ideas and I want to share with you when an idea proves to be worthwhile. This is a picture of my workspace. I wish it were neater, and maybe even a little bit bigger, but guess what?...

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