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Easy Mindfulness Practices

Am I a Good Parent?

The new school year is often a time of reflection as we seek to break bad habits and start fresh. Some of those habits we seek to break relate to how we parent our children. “Am I a Good Parent?” I ask myself this question a lot. Here I have written a book about parenting,...
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Do you ever go out to dinner and notice that the people at the table next to you are all on their phones? Or maybe that scenario better describes your own table? The phones might start out in pockets and purses, but inevitably someone asks a question that must be Googled, which sparks another idea...
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Last week was one of those weeks. My husband was out of town, I was sick and overwhelmed by work deadlines, the dog rolled in something that smelled awful, and my living room looked like an episode from a show about hoarders. It was my day to drive carpool, and all of the kids were...
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Here is the scenario (let me know if this sounds familiar): You read an article or book about mindfulness, or listen to yet another podcast about someone who is winning at life and attributes it to his or her meditation practice. You tell yourself, “I’ve GOT to start meditating!” And maybe you do. You wake...
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Do you strive to do things in JUST the right way? Do you insist on loading the dishwasher your way? Do you have trouble showing your work if it’s not at its absolute best? Do you avoid difficult tasks if you think that you can’t handle them masterfully? Or maybe it’s your child who shows...
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I was in a meditation class in Costa Rica in December, and the teacher prompted us to “Make clear your mind.” (This was her way of blending English with Spanish grammar in an attempt to tell us to clear our minds.) You’ve probably heard this cue before. “Just clear your mind,” they say. “Let go...
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