“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.” – Thich Nhat Hanh What activities come to mind when you picture mindfulness?  How do you “know” when you are truly practicing mindfulness?  Many people experience mindfulness as a quiet sense…

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“Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” – Lao Tzu What does it really mean to practice mindfulness?  In many ways, mindfulness is such a simple concept that it becomes puzzlingly difficult to truly comprehend, let alone…

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“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” – Aesop Mindfulness involves allowing yourself to fully open up to the present moment – all of it – with curiosity, acceptance, and nonjudgmental awareness.  This is a simple concept that can be incredibly difficult to harness.  The mind is generally filled with incessant “chatter” about…

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“Light be the earth upon you, lightly rest.” – Euripides There are moments in life when it feels like everything is hitting you all at once.  Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed by worrisome thoughts, intense emotions, or general overstimulation from the world.  In stressful moments, it is important to feel confident in the knowledge that…

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“Nothing is worth more than this day.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Mindfulness is “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, p. 4).  When we begin to make contact with the present moment using the tool of mindfulness, the world gradually begins to look and feel…

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“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) enlists people to identify their most cherished values, set goals in accordance with those values, and then begin to direct their behavior towards reaching those goals.  One way of asking yourself a motivating question to…

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“An operational working definition of mindfulness is: the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness is a powerful skill that has been taught for thousands of years by many world religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity,…

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