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...
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....
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...
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...
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...