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 […]

Multitasking: The Devil We Love

How many times a day do you find yourself reading an email, talking to your [fill in the blank: office mate, husband, sister, roommate…] sending a text, and thinking about what you’re going to eat for dinner all at the same time? In a recent post, I touched on our cultural (and my own) obsession […]

Intimacy With the Present Moment

A few weeks ago, I heard a quote by a Zen Buddhist teacher from the 1200’s named Dogen. He said, “enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” I thought this was beautiful because often we think of enlightenment as this impossible thing we’ll never achieve. But basically, what he’s saying is enlightenment is just getting in […]