The Power of Forgiveness During Shelter in Place

More time at home may be an opportunity to connect with loved ones—or it could bring up emotional wounds that have yet to be healed. Here are three mindful practices to forgive ourselves and others.

With less freedom and more family members at home together during this time due to shelter in place, the circumstances may be creating more tension than meaningful connection. For some, this additional time together may be bringing greater intimacy, care, and empathy, but for others, it may be adding salt to a resentment wound that has yet to be healed. In trying times, we can use whatever arises as a path for practice.

As we prepare to slowly re-open our workplaces in the next few weeks, it feels like a very important time to ask ourselves, “How do I want to show up right now as a leader, partner, friend, coworker, and member of my family?”… READ MORE...

Six Ways to Take Back the Day

Gratitude—and mindfulness—is a very direct antidote to grumpiness. Try one of these practices right now.

Do you ever notice that you are going about your day and you find yourself on a negative thought train? You keep repeating the same negative sentence over and over again.

  • “I don’t like_______about my job.”
  • “I don’t like_______about my body.
  • “My life just isn’t what I want it to be.”

As you stay on this negative thought train, you notice your body feeling tense and your overall enjoyment of the day going down. Research shows that obsessive thinking and rumination are associated with binge-eating, anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and greater irritability and restlessness.

Our ability to make judgements about our environment helped us survive when we were hunter-gatherers. However, this way of thinking doesn’t benefit us so much at the supermarket, in the office, or in bed. Furthermore, obsessing and ruminating about the past or the future will only lead one to feeling disempowered and frustrated.… READ MORE...

How to Tame the Wanting Mind

What feels like “enough”? Carley Hauck explores how to build a healthier relationship to the things we’re attached to—and the things we desire.

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you prayed for it, you saved up for it, and/or you worked really hard for it? Then once you got it, you thought, “Hmmm, this wasn’t as great as I built it up to be and now I want something else”?

The mind always yearns for something more. It might desire a new experience, a pleasant feeling or sensation, or crave the acquisition of something that it feels will bring pleasure. However, the experiences, sensations, and/or pleasant feelings that we strive for don’t last and we often find ourselves wanting more. The one thing we can count on in this life is impermanence and continuous change. Here are a few examples of impermanence:

  • You have been saving up for this really amazing trip and all the right conditions are in place to take it and go.