For three years I’ve been floating.
There are multiple health benefits, but what it gives me personally is solitude and challenge to be still.
Many of us don’t know what it means to be still – physically or mentally. We’re so engaged in thought and racing around with activity that we never have space for actual peace. (more…)
You’re a high-powered ruler in ancient times. Who do you pick to taste your food to make sure it hasn’t been poisoned?
This was the question in a board game with my kids that provided an opportunity for a life lesson – the life lesson. (more…)
I’ve never worked for an organization that included a goal and measurable outcome of success by how well we loved each other.
But I think all organizations should have one.
Neuroscientist, Jill Bolte Taylor, woke up experiencing a stroke in 1996 and lost her ability to speak, read, talk, walk or remember her past within a span of four hours. Since she studied the brain, she gained incredible insight about how the two hemispheres function. (more…)
“We’re going to do what’s best for kids.” This cliché is often heard in education.
I began asking myself, “How do we know what’s best for kids?” How do I even know as a parent what’s best for my own kids? So when it struck me, I decided to add my voice to the whats-best-for-kids-bandwagon:
What’s best for kids is conscious adults.
I get it – it’s the era of technology. And I get it – kids love it.
But what I don’t get it is that in light of all the research about brain development, social development, and the direct link to depression and anxiety to the use of technology (namely social media), why are school leaders leading this effort of posting selfies with students on social media?
I’m confused and curious about it. (more…)
“How is this affecting me?” is often an underlying question beneath catabolic energy. The more self-centered we are, the more stress we feel. The more stress we feel, the more self-centered we are.
First, this is normal.
Second, when we become aware of this self-centered default setting inside us, we’re one step closer to increasing resilience. (more…)
The light in the women’s bathroom in the gym I workout in is still out. It’s been a week.
Using that bathroom is like trying to do business in a total solar eclipse – dark. And for some of the older folks I’ve seen working out over the noon hour, it’s a potential danger.
While the gym director pumped iron this week oblivious to the fact that I used the bathroom with the door cracked two inches in order to locate the necessities, I had an aha. Metaphorically speaking, a light bulb went on. (more…)
When someone asks where you were during the solar eclipse of 2017, what will you tell them?
This celestial event gave millions of people an opportunity to have a mindful experience.
Mindfulness is adding a pause in the moment to be present. It means intentionally taking oneself off autopilot to pay close attention with sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste.
If you watched the cast of the shadows change perception or direction, noticed the light diminish around you, used your skin to note the temperature drop, observed the sun and moon through special dark glasses, listened carefully for birds and crickets tuning into their goodnight songs, extended your lunch longer to enjoy your food for the occasion, or felt something inside you hush in appreciation or awe, then the unique natural eclipse phenomenon was met with mindfulness.
You were present. (more…)