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On Being Mindful First Thing in the Morning (Month 1)

On Being Mindful First Thing in the Morning (Month 1)

Thanks to a the whole neighbor dragging his garbage cans out to the road and past my bedroom window at 5am, I am now morning writing. My reward for waking early besides stealing Fritz’s blanket because it is about 55 degrees in the living room is a morning cup of coffee unrushed and delightful not to mention total darkness, peacefulness, and a curled up sleeping puppy who grabbed his squeaky Freddie did a few twirly butts when he saw me…

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My Energy Manifesto

My Energy Manifesto

When I am deep in the doldrums and I’m wandering around in a haze, bags under my eyes, hair more frizzy than usual, with my hands held out in the air in an I need coffee now daze, I think to myself, is this who I really want to be? We all know that person… that person that always seems so tired dragging their endless to-do list around like a gigantic ball and chain sucking the energy out of everyone…

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A Simple Act of Daily Mindfulness

A Simple Act of Daily Mindfulness

New habits are born from small, consistent steps. Each month of my mindfulness project will have a focus, a small daily task designed to get me out of my head and more into the present moment. The second month is dedicated to the act of simply noticing, a small, but powerful step in discovering a more mindful life. “The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious…

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My Mindfulness Project

My Mindfulness Project

The Happiness Project didn’t work for me. The very wise Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn once said, “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” Happiness surrounds us. I believe the real project is learning to notice it. I’ve spent the last few years overwhelmed with information, desiring to be anywhere than where I am in this moment, walking around in a daze, mindless, unable to focus, and…

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Running Flow, Dreams, and Joy!

Running Flow, Dreams, and Joy!

  I just started reading Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Essentially the author has done a lot of research on happiness revealing that what makes an experience deeply gratifying is a particular state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people are totally involved in a task that nothing else seems to matter since the activity itself is so enjoyable – think a musician totally lost in song or an artist completely absorbed in a project. “It is by being…

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