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  • How To Practice Sympathetic Joy

    Imagine you have just received wonderful news. What’s one of your very first thoughts? Probably you’re thinking about whom to call to share your joy with. Knowing that your loved ones will be happy for you and with you makes the joy even greater and more real. As the German proverb says, “Shared pain is…

  • Finding A Better Balance

    Equanimity protects us from emotional overreaction and allows us to rest in a bigger perspective. Christiane Wolf on how to cultivate it. “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.” With this sentence, the German-American writer Max Ehrmann began “Desiderata.” My mother appreciated this poem so…

  • Take A Mindful Approach to Covid-19

    From NPR to CNN, we’re hearing calls for us to bring mindfulness to bear to avoid the risk of infection with COVID-19. Mindfulness is the practice to intentionally bring awareness to the present moment so we can choose our response to what is happening, instead of acting on autopilot. For example, we are being counseled to not habitually…

  • Stay sane, centered and kind during the holidays

    Happy Solstice! What an interesting time of year. The days are so short and the nights long so that it feels like a natural time for rest, reflection and introspection. At the same time many of us are pretty stressed around the holidays with preparation and maybe one too many social gathering. I want to…

  • Don’t B*tch – Mindfulness, Reactivity and Social Media

    We can use social media to connect and support each other. Or be reactive. We get to choose. If you are active on any social media platform you are very aware how crazy, heated and hyperbole things have gotten. It’s understandable that people feel passionate about their views and that they share that with their…

  • Transforming Chronic Pain with Mindfulness and Compassion

    Without it, we wouldn’t know we’re alive and we couldn’t tell if we’ve been hurt. But too much of it can become an all-consuming drain on our attention. What can we do when we find ourselves… Trapped In the Box We Call Pain  When Josie walked through the door to class her face showed the pain…

  • Today’s Body – Mindfulness Practices for Body Love

    How a simple statement can change the way we feel about our body. We are in tumultuous times. It feels to me that we need our mindfulness and compassion practices more than ever. The more grounded we are and the less inner conflict with ourselves we experience the more we are available for what is needed around us. I have been teaching a lot…

  • There is no problem here

    How a simple statement can help to calm down the mind (and nervous system) in surprising ways. I’m a fixer. There you have it. All these years of “letting things be as they are”, all these years of training and I’m still a fixer. Are you, too? I was trained as a physician (classic fixer…

  • Writing a Book and Generosity

    This week is a big week for me, and I want to share this with all of you. After a year of writing and refining with my colleague, Dr. Greg Serpa, we are sending the finished and edited manuscript for “Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness” to the publisher. It will be on the bookshelves in June 2015.…

  • What Would Love Do? – Access Your Inner Wisdom

    A couple of months ago I came across a blog post from a popular life coach called “What would love do?” In it she describes how this question changed everything for her: Her work, her relationship, her struggle with her weight and self-esteem. She describes how she moved from forcing, manipulating and punishing herself to…