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Navigating Challenging Times

The most challenging time to let go and trust is when you feel you have no control over what’s happening. And that most certainly describes the times we find ourselves in. Not only have we lost a sense of control, we’ve given up many of the freedoms we take for granted. Going to work, out to dinner, shopping, to the gym, even hiking. Getting a haircut, spending time with friends… Read More »Navigating Challenging Times

Shoshin, Inspiration, and Puppies

Shoshin is a Zen Buddhist principle. It’s about having a beginner’s mind. When you practice Shoshin, you have an attitude of openness and curiosity. And maybe most important, a lack of preconceptions. I’d never heard of Shoshin until this morning. I was doing my daily guided meditation, using the Calm app, which I highly recommend. Especially if you’ve tried to meditate on your own and struggled to stick with it.… Read More »Shoshin, Inspiration, and Puppies

A Reminder to Be Mindful

  • Debbie 

As I shared in my post about New Year’s Resolutions, I began a meditation practice this year. I’ve been pretty good at sticking with it. It’s a guided meditation which makes it easier for this newbie who has never been very good at sitting still and not thinking! Meditating off the mat. Today’s meditation was about practicing the mindfulness of meditation off the mat… in other words, in daily life, and… Read More »A Reminder to Be Mindful