Being a Mindful Parent

Being a Mindful Parent

Being a parent might be the hardest job you’ll ever have, yet it offers the greatest rewards. If you’re not mindful, it can seem like an endlessly unsatisfying toil, but with mindfulness, you can be present for the many moments of joy and happiness. Raising a child...
Surviving the holidays, and my offerings for the New Year

Surviving the holidays, and my offerings for the New Year

How are you coping in the midst of all this chaos? This year has presented us with more than the usual number of reasons to be anxious, stressed, sad, or depressed. Now more than ever we need to remember our common humanity, and seek out opportunities to come together...
Staying Sober the Mindful Way

Staying Sober the Mindful Way

“Grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This simple prayer, written around 1940, is familiar to anyone who’s ever attended an AA, Al-Anon, or other 12-step...
Mindfulness for Skeptics

Mindfulness for Skeptics

One of my students recently shared that she’s having trouble embracing the practice of mindfulness, when her worry about climate change, and the overall state of the world we live in, is giving her nightmares. “How will focusing on my breath help anything,...
What’s the Difference between Mindfulness and Meditation?

What’s the Difference between Mindfulness and Meditation?

A student at last Saturday’s workshop asked this question. It comes up in every class I teach, and it’s a good one. The short answer is, “it depends” – on who you ask, how you define mindfulness, and what you mean by meditation. I used to give a longer, rather...