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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Monarch Butterfly on lilacs

Monarch Butterfly on lilacs

Inspiration What creature speaks to me of well-being? A butterfly! If I’m going to paint a butterfly, I might as well contribute to my 100 monarchs project. I surfed the web and found...

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Chronic illness builds well-being skills

Chronic illness builds well-being skills

We often feel sick and exhausted. That’s the nature of chronic illness. So how can we live with well-being even in the midst of ill-health? We must challenge the notion that being healthy is expected and being ill makes us somehow at fault or unworthy of love and...

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How to practice well-being of the mind

How to practice well-being of the mind

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson considers mental well-being a skill, and describes its four components: awareness is attention and focus, the mind being aware that it is a mind, generating thoughts and judgments. 47% of people, Davidson reports, are not paying...

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how to use your journal as a tool to cultivate well-being

how to use your journal as a tool to cultivate well-being

Well-being is feeling strong and calm, full of purpose and vitality. We can look at it through physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lenses. I get into trouble, though, when I look at an ideal, consider my reality, and judge myself as lacking. How can I be kind...

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