Inviting Joy in the Midst of Illness

Inviting Joy in the Midst of Illness

When you are ill, there are days when your body needs careful, loving attention and you can’t begin to think about joy. That’s okay. Know that those days won’t last forever. Joy will come, but you may need to invite it. Let your mouth curve into a smile. Think “in...

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8 steps for dealing with the stress of these coronavirus times

8 steps for dealing with the stress of these coronavirus times

As we hunker down to ride out the waves of the coronavirus pandemic, we have the opportunity to move beyond survival mode and to strengthen our compassion for ourselves and others. Good news: there are resources available. I’m collecting some of them here. When it...

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Joy in a time of coronavirus fear

Joy in a time of coronavirus fear

This week coronavirus, and fear of it, has reached pandemic proportions. Each day, the drumbeats get louder. Each of us gets to decide how much to change our behavior to adapt to new realities. My breathing is already compromised due to multiple sclerosis. Any...

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Mindfulness and illness

Mindfulness and illness

How does being mindful help you navigate the ups and downs of illness? Fear, anger, and grief ride in the slipstream of illness. It can be overwhelming. If you train your mind to focus on one small piece of reality, the overwhelm diminishes. While you’re holding...

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Mindfulness enriches your journaling

Mindfulness enriches your journaling

I’ve been reading ”Effortless Journaling.” I decided that if I am going to be facilitating creative journaling classes, perhaps I should update and expand my skills. I was pleased to discover that there is much discussion, in this book, of mindfulness and journaling....

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Mindfulness increases happiness

Mindfulness increases happiness

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a process that is helped many people deal with chronic pain, says "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."  Paying...

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