Category: Mindfulness

Musings on wholebeing@work
the season of rituals

the season of rituals

So last week I wrote about the idea of positive rituals. Since then I’ve looped back to one of my favorite books, The Power of Full Engagement, and thought more about my own rituals. The definition of a positive ritual according to Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz is “a consciously acquired...

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discipline vs. ritual

discipline vs. ritual

As the seasons change, we all begin to see the end of the year like the end of a path. There is no denying it, another year has passed. Like in Monopoly, we pass go again and collect $200 dollars and reflect on what changed and what has stayed the same. Often the end of the year is hard because we...

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seeing the forest

seeing the forest

In my design life the idiom was that God was in the details. And truly in most good design it is the nuances of the tiny details in the hem of a dress, or the wood trim, or special finish of a surface that truly makes the difference. When these details are ignored you can feel the lack of attention...

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5 Steps to Getting Over the End of Summer Blues

5 Steps to Getting Over the End of Summer Blues

Lately I’ve been encountering a lot of friends, colleagues, and students exhibiting signs of the End of Summer Blues. At first they are subtle: short sighs, gazing out windows longingly, squeezing out every minute of spending time in the sun in the evening and looking a bit glum when the sun...

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An oasis in the chaos

An oasis in the chaos

So often it just gets to be too much. Of everything. Noise, people, tasks, stress. It feels like there is a very long distance between where you are and some relief. But not always. Read Christopher Coan's piece below about discovering an unexpected oasis in the heart of NYC at the High Line....

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do not harm

do not harm

Most often yoga is believed to be a series of postures we do to stretch our bodies, find relief from pain and find some relaxation and clarity. Yet the practice of yoga extends to some bigger principles that play out in our lives off the mat. Flexible bodies equate to flexible minds. Knowing where...

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Strategic clear space

Strategic clear space

There is a productivity specialist named David Allen who I have followed for awhile. He's written several books about getting things done. I saw him lecture about 8 years ago and one thing he said really stuck with me and came up today in my yoga practice. He talked about strategic clear space....

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The anchor and the explorer

The anchor and the explorer

So I can't even remember which one of my many teachers shared this tidbit of Iyengar philosophy with me over the years but I shared it with a student recently and it had a big impact so I wanted to share it with you. Iyengar would talk about every pose having two aspects, the anchor and the...

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What color are your glasses

What color are your glasses

Hello and welcome to May! Always one of the busy months as we shift seasons and begin to anticipate the end of some activities and the beginning of other activities. At any moment in time we are experiencing one set of activities, reminiscing on another and planning for what’s next. At any...

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Spring Cleaning in My Meditation Chair

Spring Cleaning in My Meditation Chair

Last week, most of us could hardly wait to embrace the Spring Equinox and officially (anyway) bid adieu to winter. After what has felt like an endless winter season, we are understandably eager for all things warm, green and full of promise. A common ritual that accompanies this time of year is an...

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