Emotional Well-Being

A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Emotional Well-Being, Featured, Mindfulness | Comments Off on A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

When we deny what’s difficult by putting our heads in the sand, we create more suffering. Here’s a 10-minute meditation to reverse the tendency to start digging. ​​Can you feel the heat? Life feels a little more intense these days: at home, work, out in the world. When life begins to feel more intense than normal, it’s important to remember to slow down, turn toward these bigger feelings, and see the bigger picture. Take each day at a time. Life is always in flux. Every thought, feeling, and moment is quickly changing into the next. In the moment, when something feels difficult,...

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What We Love, We Should Protect

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Emotional Well-Being, Mindfulness | Comments Off on What We Love, We Should Protect

What We Love, We Should Protect

How a mindful approach to consumption can help us bridge the gap between individual efforts toward the environment and the bigger picture. The subject of mindfulness, as it relates to climate change, may be the most important and timely practice of our times. Thich Nhat Hanh writes in his book, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology, “The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilizing ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.” Every fall and...

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Simple Tips to Build Self-Confidence

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Simple Tips to Build Self-Confidence

Simple Tips to Build Self-Confidence

Carley is a guest blogger on myfitnesspal.com. Have you ever had an experience where you were excited about a new relationship, a new opportunity, or learning something new, and all of a sudden your feeling of excitement turned into a feeling of fear? We all have. In my work with clients and teaching on the subjects of mindfulness and behavior change at Stanford University, I have found there are typically four hindrances to confidence. Do any of these sound familiar?   Read full article...

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Speak from your Wise Heart

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Speak from your Wise Heart

Speak from your Wise Heart

Can you remember a time when a very important conversation came up and you didn’t feel prepared? It might’ve been around a job promotion, ending an important relationship, talking to a rebellious teen or giving constructive feedback to an often-defensive colleague.  Think back. Whatever the situation, whatever you said or didn’t say, the effects were lasting. Let’s listen to an important conversation between a couple.  Cheryl and Jim are dating. Cheryl has been feeling insecure in her relationship with Jim because he has been working more, and she isn’t getting the attention she is used to. ...

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Expressing Emotions in the Workplace

Posted by on Sep 8, 2012 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Expressing Emotions in the Workplace

Expressing Emotions in the Workplace

Have you ever experienced a situation at work that made you want to fight or flee?  Emotions are part of our very fabric as human beings.  When we are aware of an emotion that we don’t want to express, we can often move into a reactive fight or flight state.  However, wanting to fight or flee on the job  might be room for dismissal. How do we behave when we are upset or angry at work? Men and women’s brains are structurally and biochemically different.  How we regulate and express our emotions is also different.  When under stress, both men and women release cortisol and...

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Five Tips to Soak up Your Summer

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Emotional Well-Being | Comments Off on Five Tips to Soak up Your Summer

In the summer time, I find that I want to spend more time outside, enjoy more moments of pause and play.  In our efforts to feel the spaciousness that summer can bring, sometimes we need to simplify our life.  Here are five helpful tips! 1.) Rise with the Sun!  Waking up when the Sun is high in the sky can help us to have more energy in the day.  I know its tempting to hit the snooze button, but see if you can challenge yourself to get up a litlte earlier.  Give yourself a little more time to move into your day and start with some early am stretching and/or meditation.  You can create an...

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