Practicing social connection skills

Practicing social connection skills

Dr. Richard Davidson, neuropsychologist at the Healthy Minds Institute, doesn’t like the term “social distancing.” A year ago, just as the pandemic was being recognized, he posted a YouTube video titled “Social Connection While We Are Physically Distancing.” Davidson...

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Connecting with Right Speech

Connecting with Right Speech

I live in a quiet household. My husband and I don’t talk much anymore. This is not the cold silence of two people in conflict. It is, rather, a relaxed companionship. “Yogic tradition has it that speech must pass before three barriers prior to being uttered aloud....

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Joy amidst illness and disability

Joy amidst illness and disability

When you are ill, especially with a serious diagnosis, it’s easy to have the sensations and the emotional fallout of it take over your life. You become the illness or the pain. Dealing with it hijacks all your energy. When it feels like that, you may have no other...

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practicing joy – the delight of the day

practicing joy – the delight of the day

To help each kind promise settle into my bones, I want to make a practice of it. What can I do on a daily basis to keep the promise alive in my life? This month’s promise is “I will live with joy for no apparent reason.” This calls me to find joy in each moment,...

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Six ways to invite joy into your life

Six ways to invite joy into your life

You cannot force joy into your life. Yoga therapist Amy Wheeler says you can only “enter a receptive, awe-filled state in case joy decides to visit you.” She teaches that happiness is dependent on external factors and com six es and goes as circumstances change. Joy...

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Practicing mindfulness of mind… And beyond

Practicing mindfulness of mind… And beyond

Here you are, meditating, aware of your body as it is in this moment. You are placing your attention on your breath as it moves in and out. Your mind starts generating thoughts because that’s what minds do. Sometimes the thoughts just come and go. It’s as if you are...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and in my monthly newsletter.

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