Should I Share My Story? - The #MeToo Movement

Should I Share My Story? - The #MeToo Movement

Recent social media movements have been generating more and more conversations around sexual harassment, sexual assault, trauma, and rape culture. Most prominent among these is the trending hashtag, #MeToo. #MeToo has created a space in which women’s voices and their silences hold equal importance, while honoring the many different ways in which women heal.

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The Value of Doing Nothing

We are led to believe that every action requires some sort of a reaction. We knee jerk, we impulsively respond to every request offered our direction. Winnie the Pooh is a master of observation.  He listens carefully, states what he sees, and without judgment.  Next time you're faced with something painful, challenging or requiring a response, try to make the choice to not respond. Sit on it for a day, or say "Can I get back to you on this?" and listen to what you can't hear. Pooh would approve. 

Resources: The Tao of Pooh, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k

Meditation: Can you be bad at it?

Meditation: Can you be bad at it?

Four times today, as I browsed through blog comments and scanned Facebook posts, I saw comments like  “I am bad at meditating” or “I’m bad with meditation” or “I’m just no good at it.” - See more at: http://peacefulplanetcommunication.com/2011/10/13/you-cant-be-bad-at-meditation-heres-why/#sthash.PSTflWvK.dpuf

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Authenticity, Self Compassion, Mindfulness, and the “Gifts of Imperfection”: Book Review

Authenticity, Self Compassion, Mindfulness, and the “Gifts of Imperfection”: Book Review

Last year, I went on a Brené Brown kick, as I like to call it. Her TED talk- “The Power of Vulnerability” was a viral hit, reaching more than 1 million hits on youtube.  I read several of her books, watched her TED Talk, and went to see her speak when she came to Seattle. I couldn’t get enough of what she had to say, it resonated deeply with me. There were so many ways I was sabotaging myself and preventing myself from being entirely authentic with others and myself.

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Sinking in Sadness, Swimming in Self-Compassion

Sinking in Sadness, Swimming in Self-Compassion

You’ve most likely heard of a P.D.A. (public display of affection) but have you heard of a P.D.S.? I found myself experiencing one last week unexpectedly at a YMCA during an aquafit class. P-D-S: Public Display of Sadness. There I was in the middle of a pool with happy, chatting, splashing Seniors when a huge wave of sadness washed over me about an impending loss of a loved one in our family

I looked around, initially feeling embarrassed and hoping none of these fellow exercisers would notice me. Then I looked for the nearest pool stairs in case I couldn’t pull it together and needed to quickly make an exit mid-class. Next came my strategies to redirect my thoughts and use my mindfulness techniques to bring me back to the ‘here and now’.


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The Parent Trap: Wading Through Your Parent Guilt

The Parent Trap: Wading Through Your Parent Guilt

1137 days into the parenthood experience and I still face the persistent internal battle of "Parent Guilt".  Before becoming a parent myself, I had always somehow attributed that term to neglectful or distracted parents.  Because after all, isn't that what the mind does to avoid pain- put things into neat categories.  Little did I know how universal it was until eight weeks after returning to work from paternity leave, when I began to feel this indescribable gnawing feeling in my gut.

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5 Gifts Mindfulness Offers the Mind-Less Eater

5 Gifts Mindfulness Offers the Mind-Less Eater

​Do you find yourself distracted while eating by "To Do" lists, the needs of everyone around you, a conversation you had earlier in the day, or any other multitude of thoughts or emotions that have you mindlessly eating until you've cleared your plate? Enter mindfulness- becoming more intimately connected with a ritual we do all day long- eat.

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