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,...
Practicing mindfulness of breath

Practicing mindfulness of breath

There is no better way of bringing yourself to this moment than to focus on your breathing. If you are upset or anxious, you can say to yourself “take a breath.” If you are practicing breath awareness meditation (shamatha or “calm abiding”), your breath become your...
Practicing Mindfulness of Body

Practicing Mindfulness of Body

My meditation teacher begins meditation by encouraging us to think “mindfulness of body, mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of mind.” Mindfulness can be defined as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly...
9 steps toward improving your well-being

9 steps toward improving your well-being

The Better Health Channel, a website funded by the Victorian government in Australia, they describe well-being as “how you feel about yourself and your life. Happily, for those of us who live with significant health challenges, it doesn’t require any particular level...
what makes for mental well-being?

what makes for mental well-being?

The World Health Organization uses a simple questionnaire to help people assess their own mental well-being: using a scale of “all of the time,” “more than half of the time,” “less than half of the time,” “some of the time,” and “at no time,” participants are asked to...