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A wobbly bridge

A wobbly bridge

Last week, I took a big step onto a wobbly bridge. It would seem like the wobbly part is a problem, but with bridges, even the most majestic bridges flex as needed. Suspension bridges are wobbly and get a bad rap. They are the bridges in the movies that often break when the heroine is midway...

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Focus, a spotlight and two rabbits

Focus, a spotlight and two rabbits

In one of our Brain@Work Wholebeing Workshops last week the participants were asked to write down what their brain did that they wanted more of on the yellow paper and something their brain did that they wanted less of on the blue paper. Each person got three sheets of paper and wrote three things...

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The school board, a scissors drawing and the Dowager

The school board, a scissors drawing and the Dowager

“Wow…Would you be interested in being on the School Board?" Not a typical question for an art teacher to ask a parent at a High School Open House night. I have no interest in being on the Lower Merion School Board. It’s hard work to make everyone happy, and I’m not sure how much support I...

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Cat Cow to the Rescue

Cat Cow to the Rescue

Today I am not feeling well. My daughter came down with a cold last week and she kindly shared it with me. I don't get sick that often but when I do I surrender. Yesterday I slept almost the entire day. Today my body aches, probably from the cold but also from lying in bed for so many hours. The...

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The compassador

The compassador

As school started last week, my daughter entered her senior year. She was looking forward to being back at school to see her friends but had one specific mission last week—to help as many scared freshmen as she could. When she was a freshman, she was terrified. She put up a good front, but her...

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Back in the saddle for fall

Back in the saddle for fall

Here we are. Back in the saddle for fall. As we say goodbye to summer, the collective energy across the country gets focused back on work. This span of time ahead of us is one of the longest stretches with no universal holidays. There are 11.5 weeks until Thanksgiving, but who's...

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Feeling more alive

Feeling more alive

The search which we make for this quality, in our own lives, is the central search of any person, and the crux of any individual person’s story. It is the search for those moments and situations when we are most alive. —Christopher Alexander “ The Timeless Way of Building” This summer I...

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Acceptance vs. approval

Acceptance vs. approval

One of the first things we talk about in our mindfulness programs is what is mindfulness. The definition we most often use is that mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, without judgment. It’s the last part, without judgment, that I want to touch on today. A few weeks ago I was...

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Stitching a parachute

Stitching a parachute

Last week in a mindfulness class that Jack Curley and I are teaching one of the participants shared a beautiful metaphor. We were discussing what had been working with their mindfulness practices and what was still a struggle. The first thing we teach is 3 breaths, an in-the-moment strategy for...

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The Big Four: Mindfulness’ biggest perks

The Big Four: Mindfulness’ biggest perks

Mindfulness is getting a lot of buzz in the last year, and sometimes it is hard to tell what is media hype and what is real. There are many people, myself included, who could sit with you for hours and cite the benefits of having mindfulness practices in their life. I will also tell you, they...

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