Help! I Can’t Meditate!

About six months ago, a friend of mine—we’ll call him Jack—confessed to me that he couldn’t meditate for longer than one minute. He said he’s tried many times, and always put the timer on to see how long he actually sits still. But the time is always between 57 seconds and one minute later when […]

The Art of Mindful Listening

There is a distinct difference between hearing and listening. By the book, hearing is defined as “the act of receiving sound or information by the ear.” While listening is defined as “the act of paying attention to sound, hearing something with thoughtful attention, or paying attention to someone or something in order to hear and […]

1 Mindful Minute

Many people who are interested in meditation know it’s good for them and why … that’s why they’re interested in beginning a practice. But sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes a 10-minute task—no matter how important it is—can feel overwhelming. If you’re one of those who think you don’t have 10 minutes to meditate during your […]

The Freedom to Choose

I live in America, “the land of the free.” This country was built on the grounds that all men (yes, just men, says the Declaration of Independence) were created equal and everyone has equal opportunity for success, the same rights, and the freedom to make their own decisions and pursue happiness. According to the theoretical […]

Eating Mindfully

I’m a good eater. Well, I should rephrase that: I love to eat. And the food I love to eat is healthy … full of color and nutrients, and mostly plant-based. Green smoothies, kale salads, sprouted grains and veggie stews excite me. When I’m not eating, I’m most likely thinking about what I’ll eat next. […]

Turn Down the Radio

Ever feel like you move through your day to the soundtrack of constant chatter? Like you’re listening to a permanent radio stream of your least favorite station? It’s called mind chatter. Monkey mind. Inner gossip. And it’s part of being human. Everyone experiences the monkey mind to some degree, but for many of us, “noise” […]

What Is MBSR?

I’m not a huge fan of how today’s culture overuses abbreviations and actually turns them into words. But because the name of this program is such a mouthful, I put this abbreviation to good use. I learned in my first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class that the founder actually named it such a long and […]