Do you ruminate?

Do you ruminate?

When I catch myself overthinking or ruminating, I sometimes recall the famous skit from MadTV where Bob Newhart plays a therapist. Do you know the one? A woman has come to him because she has a fear she can’t stop thinking about. He tells her he has an answer that...
What to do when you hear birds sing

What to do when you hear birds sing

I recently learned that bird song shifts something in your brain. Why? Because birds don’t sing in the presence of a predator. Way deep in your reptilian brain, when you hear birds sing, your brain gets a primordial signal that you can relax. (This doesn’t...
Where is your focus?

Where is your focus?

Whenever there’s a New Moon, it offers you an opportunity to reset and restart. A New Moon is a potent time to set intentions. It’s the start of a brand new cycle. Whatever phase the moon is in as you read this, I invite you to consider approaching the next New Moon...
Why your name has power

Why your name has power

I went to a new dentist a while ago. His work was fine, but I found myself wondering why he hadn’t introduced himself – just started working on my teeth and talking about the weather. Then, I started working with a new body worker. Though her technique is amazing, she...
Words and silence: the gift of listening

Words and silence: the gift of listening

I still remember a brief encounter I had on the deck of a dining hall one busy summer when I was in charge of directing a camp of a hundred 3rd and 4th graders for the week. There were a few other guest camp directors that week for different ages, and we were each...
Self-Kindness is a gift to others

Self-Kindness is a gift to others

Do you ever feel guilty for taking some time for self-care when there are so many who are suffering? I feel this at times: when I’m lying on the acupuncture bed receiving a relaxing treatment, or walking in the sunshine and fresh air in my neighborhood when so many...

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