How to Practice Sympathetic Joy

How to Practice Sympathetic Joy

Christiane Wolf on how to multiply the joy in your life with mudita — delight in the happiness of others. Illustrations by Carole Hénaff. Imagine you have just received wonderful news. What’s one of your very first thoughts? Probably you’re thinking about whom to call...

Finding a Better Balance

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...

Take a Mindful Approach to COVID-19

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...

Stay sane, centered and kind during the holidays

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...

There is no problem here

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...

Writing a Book and Generosity

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...

What Would Love Do? – Access Your Inner Wisdom

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...

Dirty pain in the night

Dirty pain in the night

Today a student, let’s call her Joy, told me about her back pain, which had been flaring up. It had kept her awake quite a bit last night. And then she added: “But it didn’t bother me so much, because I knew that I didn’t have to work today.” I’m sure you are familiar...

Lice and the mind

Lice and the mind

“Mom!” my older daughter called as she was starting to braid her sister’s hair. “Mom, I just found a lice in Antonia’s hair!” We were about to head out of the door for school. I sighed and let the annoyance wash through me. Great, that was just what I needed now! Then...

What do you really want?

What do you really want?

During the last week of December, I reflect back on the past year, up until the last minutes when my husband and I recall the year together. We remember big and small moments, the happy and the not so happy ones. And then we look forward. What might be coming in the...