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The school board, a scissors drawing and the Dowager

The school board, a scissors drawing and the Dowager

“Wow…Would you be interested in being on the School Board?" Not a typical question for an art teacher to ask a parent at a High School Open House night. I have no interest in being on the Lower Merion School Board. It’s hard work to make everyone happy, and I’m not sure how much support I...

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Cat Cow to the Rescue

Cat Cow to the Rescue

Today I am not feeling well. My daughter came down with a cold last week and she kindly shared it with me. I don't get sick that often but when I do I surrender. Yesterday I slept almost the entire day. Today my body aches, probably from the cold but also from lying in bed for so many hours. The...

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The compassador

The compassador

As school started last week, my daughter entered her senior year. She was looking forward to being back at school to see her friends but had one specific mission last week—to help as many scared freshmen as she could. When she was a freshman, she was terrified. She put up a good front, but her...

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Back in the saddle for fall

Back in the saddle for fall

Here we are. Back in the saddle for fall. As we say goodbye to summer, the collective energy across the country gets focused back on work. This span of time ahead of us is one of the longest stretches with no universal holidays. There are 11.5 weeks until Thanksgiving, but who's...

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Feeling more alive

Feeling more alive

The search which we make for this quality, in our own lives, is the central search of any person, and the crux of any individual person’s story. It is the search for those moments and situations when we are most alive. —Christopher Alexander “ The Timeless Way of Building” This summer I...

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Acceptance vs. approval

Acceptance vs. approval

One of the first things we talk about in our mindfulness programs is what is mindfulness. The definition we most often use is that mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, without judgment. It’s the last part, without judgment, that I want to touch on today. A few weeks ago I was...

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Stitching a parachute

Stitching a parachute

Last week in a mindfulness class that Jack Curley and I are teaching one of the participants shared a beautiful metaphor. We were discussing what had been working with their mindfulness practices and what was still a struggle. The first thing we teach is 3 breaths, an in-the-moment strategy for...

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The Big Four: Mindfulness’ biggest perks

The Big Four: Mindfulness’ biggest perks

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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Sleep and your brain

Sleep and your brain

I am not a neurologist nor am I a sleep specialist. I, probably like you, have had my share of irregular sleep patterns and periods at different times in my life. I have believed that I am one of the very small percentage of people who can get by with less than 7 hours of sleep. It took many years...

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Going with the flow

Going with the flow

As the rain falls this afternoon I was thinking about a new project I just completed. It’s been something on my mind for over two years. It was clear I needed to collaborate with someone who would possess the required skills that were beyond what I could easily learn. I had a few false starts....

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