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April 2015

A Keen Mind / 2015 / April

Following my dream

For the last several months I have been working hard to develop my website, blog and podcast. I have been speaking at conferences and providing mindfulness trainings in efforts to start my first Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Class.  I love to teach meditation and the personal and professional rewards have been amazing.  Despite all the success, I have three people singed up for my first class that starts April 23rd and need at least two more to hold the class.  While I am concerned that all my efforts may turn out to be ineffective, I have decided that setbacks and apparent failures are part of the path to success.  I will never give up on my dreams because I believe that my persistence and commitment...

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Is Mindfulness Gobbledygook or a Path to Authentic Living?

  Some of the most stressful situations are ones with no clear solutions. When stress is chronic, we often turn towards judging, criticizing, and blaming.  We make attempts enhance or numb our experiences to avoid the pain.   Many of us turn to things like  food, drugs, alcohol, internet, television, video games, or just fill in the blank with your habit.  What is your go to strategy?  Think of the times you didn't want to face a situation. Maybe an unexpected bill, a conflict at work, or the loss of a loved one had you mindlessly eating a bag of potato chips in front of the TV or drinking in excess. We develop avoidance strategies like these because we don’t want feel unpleasant.  While we aim to be...

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