mindfulness

Pandemic Brain, Police Brutality Protests – These Are Fear Driven Times: Part II

  Continued from June 8, 2020… I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how important self-care is at a time like this.  I would like to stress though, that your self-care is even more than just you.  You are every life you interact with, every life each of those people interact with.  You are the butterfly effect.  In today’s special edition post, we follow up from yesterday’s discussion of the havoc currently playing out with the Pandemic and police…

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Mindfulness Exercises

Yesterday, I talked about choosing a broader perspective.  To assist in that endeavor, below are three exercises you may find effective and can be done anywhere.  While I recommend you explore each of them, you may find that one resonates with you more than the others. Each exercise can be as long or as short as you choose.  While longer is better, even a 2-5 minute exercise can quite effectively ground you.  While I prefer and suggest these exercises outdoors…

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Carpe Diem

I’m going about my morning as usual, or at least I thought I was.  Coffee, feed the cat and dog, feed myself.  I’m going through the motions a bit mechanically, my mind everywhere and nowhere all at once.  I was suddenly startled from my dissociative state by birdsong.   I don’t know why the birdsong broke through, but it did, and a grateful grin broke across my face and I woke up for the first time this morning.  Retracing my…

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I’m sorry. What did you say?

Active Listening As you are likely well aware, not all listening is created equally.  You may already be somewhat familiar with term Active Listening. Wikipedia defines active listening as:  the listener fully concentrates, understands, responds and then remembers what is being said. As a lifelong listener yourself, I assume you are familiar with the acts of formulating your response.  Perhaps you’re so engrossed in deciding what you want to say, that you miss crucial information.  Or perhaps, you’re trying to pay…

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