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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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Live Different

Live Different

I have a question for you. How far away is your mobile device at this very moment? How physically far away from you is it at any point in your day? It is actually on your body, in a pocket, or in your purse? Or nearby within your reach? Can you leave it at home for an entire day? It may not even...

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Declaring Independence

Declaring Independence

This week on July 4th in the United States we celebrate, with a wonderful mid-week day off, the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th in 1776. As I woke up this morning, I remembered a dream I had from last night. I was with a group of people in some sort of a class and the...

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Being Flexible

Being Flexible

We're at that time of the year where things shift from the "regular" routine to the summer schedule. That can mean more time at the beach, a new routine for your children or some returning college students who will be with you for a few weeks. When the schedule changes, it can be a nice shift if...

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Say yes to the breath

Say yes to the breath

In my life, I have been the queen of making things complicated. Often much more complicated than they needed to be. I know how I developed this skill. It was part of the process of becoming an architect, where you are figuring out very complicated things. Structures, systems, materials, finishes,...

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