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Embracing Radical Acceptance

I’ve definitely been practicing what I preach lately, especially when it comes to radical acceptance.   Radical acceptance is a concept that underlies Buddhist philosophy and has been written about at great length by one of my favorite authors, Tara Brach. It is also...

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Conflict is Not a Dirty Word

Most of us avoid conflict like the plague – we actually think of conflict as a dirty word. When we hear the word conflict, we conjure up images of harsh battles that leave both parties angry, depleted and disconnected. I’d like to suggest a new way to think about...

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Welcome Your Fears: Good Enough is Enough is Enough

Fear impacts so many aspects of our lives. We often hold ourselves back from trying new things or taking on challenges because our essential fear is that we’ll fail. We fear that we're not good enough, or that we won’t reach some unrealistic standard of perfection....

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The Magic of No Expectations

I hosted my first Women’s Mindfulness Retreat this past weekend. My goal was to create a program for the weekend would be restorative and meaningful to the women who were attending. I decided to go into the weekend with no expectations. To be completely open to...

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Let’s Make a Deal – Opening the Door to Acceptance

I may be dating myself but I vividly remember watching the original Let’s Make a Deal, as TV host Monty Hall presented colorfully costumed contestants with a challenge – to guess which one of three doors, when opened, would reveal the most lucrative prize, possibly a...

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The Danger of To Do Lists

I am the queen of Post-It notepads, especially the larger ones that are lined. They are perfect for making to do lists, one of my favorite activities. I especially enjoy creating my lists with fine-tip black Sharpie pens. Somehow the striking bold ink on cheerfully...

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Find Your Happy Place

In a recent article I posted, a clinical psychologist shared his recommendation to clients who call him in moments of significant distress.   He suggests that they take a 30-60 minute walk outside and try to focus on what they observe in nature on moment to moment...

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The Challenge of Black Granite Counters

You may be wondering what black granite counters have to do with mindfulness? Stay with me for a moment and it will become apparent. I’ll admit that I can be a bit obsessed with cleaning – especially kitchens. I think it comes from my Italian-American mother who...

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Bring Mindful Attitudes to Your Daily Experience

Many people resist exploring mindfulness practice because they assume that it means long periods of “formal” meditation practice. They think of this as sitting quietly on a yoga mat on the floor, eyes closed, mind clear, in perfect harmony with the universe. Often...

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