Category Archives: Mindfulness Practices

Mindful Loving: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 5

“Love is sweet, tender and delicious! Love brings happiness to our self and others. We love by the way we walk, speak, listen, sit, and eat. The way we live our daily lives, take care of our self, and love and help other people, animals, and the earth. The way we are truly present. The way we notice and understand. The well-being of the world depends on us.” —Thich Nhat… Read More »

Mindful Eating: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 4

“When we can slow down and really enjoy our food, our life takes on a much deeper quality. I love to sit and eat quietly and enjoy each bite, aware of the presence of my community, aware of all the hard and loving work that has gone into my food. When I eat in this way, not only am I physically nourished, I am also spiritually nourished. The way I… Read More »

Mindful Walking: Awakening the Mind and Heart, Blog 3

The practice of mindful walking is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body, earth, and life. Often when we walk, we are not in our body—we rush around, lost in our thinking, disconnected from our surroundings. Mindful walking unites our body and mind; each conscious step increases our awareness of the present moment. When we touch the earth with awareness, we stop “sleepwalking” and awaken to… Read More »

Mindful Breathing: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 2

Breathing is a miracle, a true gift. Our breath is with us every moment of our life. Breathing is designed to happen on autopilot; we breathe all day long and mostly don’t even notice it. Our attention to our inner world and outer world can also be on autopilot—when this occurs we are not fully embodied or present. Mindful breathing practices anchor us in our body, awakening our mind and heart to more of life’s precious moments.… Read More »

Daily Mindfulness Practices 4 Life: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 1

Spring is the season of awakening and the ideal time to introduce our ♥Awakening the Mind & Heart: Daily Mindfulness Practices 4 Life Blog Series©. Based on the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, this series presents in-the-moment mindfulness strategies to increase our well-being. Four upcoming blogs will highlight: Mindful Breathing, Mindful Walking, Mindful Eating, and Mindful Loving. These simple, yet profoundly powerful actions open our minds and hearts to the… Read More »

Cultivating Kindness and Compassion

Mindfulness is paying attention here and now, with kindness and curiosity, and then choosing your behavior — Amy Salzman. The non-judging aspect of kind attention allows us to be with things as they are, even if we don’t like it. This awareness moves us out of resistance and opens us to compassionate choices.  Children resonate intuitively with the concept of kind and curious attention. An upset child can be coached to be mindful… Read More »

Teens Crave Mindful Moments – Mercer Island Schools

Arlen Levy and Lynn Brazg have been piloting mindfulness programs in middle and high school classrooms in the Mercer Island School District in Washington State. They find that the students crave the quiet time to just BE. One class actually applauds at the end of each lesson! Arlen and Lynn are convinced of the benefits mindfulness holds for teens. Lessons that offer increasing levels of self-reflection help students become aware of… Read More »

Teaching Mindfulness and Heartfulness in Mercer Island Elementary Schools

Janine Bloomfield volunteers in classrooms to offer 15 – 20 minute mindfulness lessons to K-5 students at West Mercer Elementary. As a scientist, Janine sees a link between the observational skills in scientific research and the mindfulness practice of noticing “what is” in a nonjudgmental way. “If you’re going to take a sample of something, you have to determine exactly what’s there. You’re not going to determine ‘Well, I like… Read More »

Responding vs. Reacting – Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Parenting

In the inevitable difficult moments of parenting, we can find ourselves reacting automatically and unconsciously to something a child says or does. Our reactions can range from  mild irritation and annoyance to intense emotions of anger, frustration, or fear.  These reactions can lead to behaviors that are not in our child’s best interest, nor in our own.  Through mindful awareness we can choose more intentional and appropriate ways of responding.… Read More »

Mindful Parenting Workshop, Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness is a verb, not a noun.” Mindful parenting is not an ideal state to achieve; it is an on-going practice of getting in touch with ourselves and our children, and connecting with intuitive common sense. These remarks by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn set the tone for their daylong workshop in Seattle, exploring: Dropping in on the Present Moment; Awareness and Presence with Children; Practicing Acceptance; Reacting vs. Responding to Children.… Read More »