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3 Day Average for Basic Self Care

Discover the 3 pillars of well-being, right now and use the 3 Day Average system to find balance. Increasing your physical well-being by balancing your needs will improve your overall health.

Stretch Your Upper Body at Work

Spending extended periods of time at a desk and/or on a computer closes off our heart and adversely effects our attitude and physical well-being. Follow along this quick stretching exercise for positive outcomes.

Breathing Exercise to do at Your Desk

Wake up your brain and fight off the fatigue at work with this quick, guided breathing exercise. It only takes 3 minutes to find your breathe, release tension and change your energy levels.

A Career Guide for Your Soul

If you’re looking for a career guide for your soul, add Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of Your Life to your summer reading list.  Cope, the author of Yoga and the Quest for True Self, has distinguished himself once again with his skill of applying Eastern philosophy to the problems of…

Well-being, right now

Well-being, right now

Just for now – want nothing Don’t wish to be someplace else Be where you are Don’t wish for more energy, or less Watch your breath rise and fall and watch your energy settle to where it needs to be Stop planning and remembering let thought disperse Like autumn leaves…

See what you see – The benefits of direct experience

See what you see – The benefits of direct experience

Last night at dusk I found myself in search of the elusive woodcock.  Encouraged by friends who are avid birdwatchers, my family left the the parking lot of our local Audubon Center and set out about a half-mile into the slushy April woods of our Southeastern Massachusetts home.  There were about…

What’s the Difference Between Ease and Easy?

What’s the Difference Between Ease and Easy?

What comes to mind when you hear the word easy?  maybe a single-digit math problem, or a six-piece puzzle?  Perhaps a recipe with four ingredients. When it comes to the word ease, however, it’s not so simple to pull up a visual.  Ease is more of a feeling, more of…

Make Napping the New Black

The other day I mentioned that I felt guilty after taking a nap.  Luckily I have some kind friends who answered with loving responses, encouraging me to rest.  If only our culture would do the same.  If only we were allowed, like bears, to turn off our metabolism, tuck in…

Gentle Fall Transition: Day Eight – Change your mind

Gentle Fall Transition: Day Eight – Change your mind

You have the right to change your mind. Summer is about to end.  Schedules are filling up.  Did you over-commit yourself?  Did you sign up for a class you don’t like?  Join a committee that is cutting into family time?  Say yes to a second date you aren’t sure about?…

How much to pack into the stream of life?

How much to pack into the stream of life?

Dan Siegal talks about the “river of wellness.”  On one bank we have rigidity.  This is behavior that is inflexible, guarded, unforgiving.  On the other bank we have It’s hard to swim in the middle of the river if we try to pack too much into the stream of life….

You Already Know This Stuff

You Already Know This Stuff

As you practice the stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive behavior techniques found at mindful hub its helpful to remember that you already know this stuff. You are not an anxious person trying to learn how to be calm.  You are a calm person who has spent too much time practicing…

Your Rapt Attention

Your Rapt Attention

The greatest gift you can give someone is your rapt attention.  “Rapt” someone you love today! Here’s how:  Take a deep breath, pay full attention to the one who is asking for your attention. When thoughts of “I have other things I need to be doing” or “I don’t really…

Equanimity:  Let go of criticism and praise

Equanimity: Let go of criticism and praise

In our goal-driven world, it is very easy to get caught up in outcomes.  Our ‘output’ is always being measured.  We have quotas at work and expectations from family and friends.  As if that weren’t enough, we can get caught up in the joy-stealing process of comparing ourselves to others….

Playfulness

Playfulness

Today I am grateful for playfulness, curiosity, and imperfection.  Just a few of the many lessons we can get from watching children. Take a look at our new worksheet about the mindfulness lessons children can teach us.   Subscribe today. Discover The Everday Mindfulness Toolbox. If you are looking for…

Rick Hanson on Letting Go

The practices — simple actions inside your mind — light up neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. And because “neurons that fire together, wire together,” each time you do a practice, it strengthens key neural circuits like building a muscle in the gym. Each practice is grounded in modern…

Rick Hanson on Taking More Breaks

Methods for shifting gears and taking pause to improve well-being, strengthen relationships and encourage peace of mind.   Subscribe today. Discover The Everday Mindfulness Toolbox. If you are looking for practical tools that you can integrate into your everyday life – at home, work, or elsewhere – then look no…

Yoga: Meditation Minute

A short guided meditation session by Karen Fabian, founder of Bare Bones Yoga.   Subscribe today. Discover The Everday Mindfulness Toolbox. If you are looking for practical tools that you can integrate into your everyday life – at home, work, or elsewhere – then look no more! You need the…

Yoga: Office Stretch and Meditation

Got 8 minutes in the middle of your workday? Watch Karen Fabian, Founder of Bare Bones Yoga, in this video for a few healthy stretches and a quick breathing and meditation exercise. You’ll feel better afterwards, your focus will increase, your attention span improve and you’ll be investing in your…

Yoga: Poses to Help You Let Go

You’ve heard about “letting go” in yoga class or from friends and family that want you to release tension and negative emotions from your body and mind. But how do you do it? Watch as Karen Fabian, Founder of Bare Bones Yoga, demonstrates 4 yoga poses that will help you…

Yoga: Three Key Balancing Poses

If you’re feeling out of balance, try some balancing postures! Aside from feeling more grounded and stable, you’ll be strengthening your ankles and legs. If you’ve have children around, encourage them to do these poses with you. Kids naturally take to yoga and they love to try to balance! Let Karen Fabian, Founder of Bare Bones Yoga, show you 3 key balancing postures. For more information, see Bare Bones Yoga.

Lonely? Be Yourself

Lonely? Be Yourself

Having the courage to be your true self can be terrifying, yet we often block opportunities for true intimacy because of this fear. Never letting your guard down might give you the illusion of safety, but the armor we wear can also lead to isolation, a sense of loneliness, and…

Mindless French Toast

Mindless French Toast

One of the best ways to describe mindfulness is to look at moments of ordinary mindlessness. I woke up on autopilot one day this week and instead of taking the time to intentionally start my day with some stretching or meditation I decided to make french toast. There is nothing…

Balance in every season:  Make Peace with the Winter Months

Balance in every season: Make Peace with the Winter Months

Whether it’s a post-holiday slump, or genuine seasonal affective disorder brought about by a lack of sunlight, the winter months can be challenging.   It’s easy to fall prey to unproductive habits like overeating, sleeping, or relying too heavily on technology and media for entertainment.  These habits are only unproductive…

Why be Mindful? –  Ten Motivating Scientific Tidbits

Why be Mindful? – Ten Motivating Scientific Tidbits

Why be mindful? Anyone who has ever sat on a cushion and made the attempt to quiet the mind has questioned the process. Luckily, we have a lot of hard scientific evidence to back up mindfulness and related stress reduction techniques.  These techniques are no longer just esoteric concepts handed…

40 Days of Letting go:  Day 40 ~Harvest Time

40 Days of Letting go: Day 40 ~Harvest Time

It’s harvest time.  Time to choose what to keep and what to cull.  By working through the 40 Days of Letting Go Detox for your Brain you made room for positive change to come into your life. For the warrior, every moment is a challenge to be genuine, and each challenge is…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day Twenty-nine ~ Letting go of powerlessness

It’s easy to get caught up in feeling powerless.   Even if things are going pretty smoothly in your personal life, you might feel deflated by global events, take the current refugee crisis in Europe for instance. The ramping up of the presidential campaign can also stir up a sense of powerlessness.  With each…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 27~ Let go of bad news

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 27~ Let go of bad news

Are you a news junkie?  Do you feel like you are going to miss something important if you don’t read a paper every day?  Observing how much time you spend each day ingesting negative, upsetting, and just plain scary news is a great mindfulness exercise.  Whether it’s the New York Times,…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 18 ~ A weekend of letting go yoga

If you have been joining us on the 40 Days of Letting Go journey you have probably noticed that “letting go” happens on many levels, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.  The letting go process may bring up a lot of buried emotions, and take a lot mental energy as we work…

40 Days of Letting Go:   Day 17 ~ Let go of technology

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 17 ~ Let go of technology

Want to see something really cool in 3D?  Take a look at real life!  Look mindfully today at a tree, a train, or a teapot.  Notice the depth and gradation of color – wow…. no special glasses required! Spending too much time on screens, whether it’s your lap-top or a…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 16 ~ Let go of an old identity

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 16 ~ Let go of an old identity

This is not about a beauty make-over, But rather an inside make-over that might be long overdue.  It might be time to let  go of labels that you don’t want anymore, and maybe never even asked for.  How do you identify yourself? You might say “I’m the mother of two……

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 14 ~ Let go of planning

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 14 ~ Let go of planning

A health crisis, a job loss, a rejection letter….rejected love.  We can tantrum, “it’s not fair”… “I don’t want to relocate!”….. “I can’t accept that it’s over!”…… The ideas of equanimity and acceptance are central to mindfulness meditation, and can help us welcome life’s detours. “Consider that not getting what you…

40 Days of Letting: Day 11~ Let go of self-loathing

One of the benefits of your mindfulness practice is that you will build an awareness of the negative self-talk that proliferates your mind.  At first, this may not seem like a benefit.  Who wants to hear that voice more clearly?   That voice that’s telling you you’re and idiot, a…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 10 ~ Let go of time stress

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 10 ~ Let go of time stress

It’s interesting to note that before the coming of white settlers, some Native American tribes had no word for time – at least not time as we understand it today. The concepts of time and time stress are central to our ability to be in the present moment.  Of course…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 8 ~ Let go of fear

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 8 ~ Let go of fear

Like so many of our letting go suggestions, letting go of fear is not a quick-fix, or a one-shot deal, but it’s worth loosening the grip of anxiety even a little by shining light on it from time to time.  If you really think about it, all “letting go” practices involve…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 7 ~  Let go of resentment

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 7 ~ Let go of resentment

I’ve heard it said that resentment is like giving yourself poison, expecting to kill your enemy.  I like this analogy, as it really does sum up the effect of resentment on your mind, your nervous system and even your loved ones who may be in the line of fire of…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 4 ~ Be silly, not serious

Uninhibited, care-free, silly ….. When was the last time you let yourself feel one of these sensations?  Think toddler’s dancing, teenagers skateboarding, young adults running in the rain, a karaoke performance at a wedding reception that has you laughing so hard you start crying…. In honor of Labor Day Weekend, a…

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 3 ~ Let go of shame

What do you feel when you hear the word shame?  How about guilt?  Shame is usually a toxic emotion that keeps us frozen in time.  Guilt on the other hand, can be instructive, and can spur us on to be our best selves.  Your mindfulness practice can help you develop your best, loving,…

 

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