How to Avoid Stress Triggers

Stress is an often misunderstood word in our culture. In reality, it is simply a physiological response in reaction to a trigger, which manifests much the same in everyone. Examples of stress triggers include a traffic jam, confronting a co-worker, worrying about something you said, fear of being mugged, or imagining something bad is going [...]

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Are you a Human Being or a Human Doer?

If you’re like most people, your life is spent working toward accomplishments. Whether it’s sending one more work email, running errands, or cooking dinner, we are constantly moving from one task to another. Mobile devices and social media make it easier for us to stay connected and accomplish even more while we rush through our [...]

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Pay Attention – Notice What is Happening In the Moment

The first and often overlooked step to creating awareness is paying attention, stopping to notice what is happening right now in front of you, around you, and within you. Due to our natural preoccupation with things that have already happened and for fantasizing about what might happen in the future, you can go for long [...]

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The way you do anything is the way you do everything

A little mindfulness can go a long way. When we start to see the thoughts and intentions that create our actions and words, we soon start to see how those patterns play out in our lives and determine our approach and mindset to just about everything we do. Are you busy, tempered, hurried, deliberate, pre-occupied, [...]

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3 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

Why practice gratitude? I asked myself that question several years ago when my partner, Warren, and I assigned our Yoga Teacher Training students to keep a gratitude journal. I had recently read several well-researched books on the subject, so I decided to keep a journal myself to see if I could experience the benefits. I [...]

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Mindfulness Exercise: Brushing Your Teeth

There are many daily tasks that become routine and don’t require much thought. Although it’s easy to think about the past or what might happen in the future, it’s good to be fully present with whatever you are doing at the moment. This awareness—or mindfulness—has a range of benefits including stress reduction, clearer thinking, and [...]

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Take back your thoughts

You are always making a choice—even if it is to do nothing. There are days when this seems to be the very furthest thing from reality, where circumstances seem to be conspiring against you and you can’t see any alternatives. Days when it seems as if the best choice for the day is to go [...]

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Pause: How to Bring Yourself into the Present Moment

Ever wonder about that voice in your head? The constant chatter of thoughts registering in your brain and piling up? Have you taken a moment to listen to what all the talk is about? Just sitting still for a few minutes will reveal some startling information . . . First, you will notice that much [...]

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We are not meant to sit all day

Many of us have no choice but to spend much of our day sitting, whether we are at our desk, in a car, or reading or watching something on one of our devices. It may seem harmless, and in many cases a necessity, however, within 30 minutes of sitting, your body begins to shut down [...]

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Secondhand Stress

You’ve known about the dangers of secondhand smoke for years; if you’re in a smoky room, you might as well be smoking yourself, since you’re inhaling the same toxic fumes as the smokers around you. But did you know that secondhand stress works the same way? Being around people who are stressed out can affect [...]

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