Sometimes I laugh at how the word "mindful" actually sounds like your mind is full. Well it is. Just not in the way I've been used to. A full mind to me is when thoughts are darting back and forth in my mind. Many thoughts, moving very, very fast. I can't even identify all of … Continue reading Mindful versus Mind Full
Positive self-talk goes a long way. But the first step is recognizing we have self-talk in the first place. Then listening to it. Brace yourself, cuz if you’re like me when I first started observing my self-talk, it’s gonna sting! Man, did I know how to put myself down! And so often throughout the day! … Continue reading Self-Talk Secret Sauce
How many times do I reach for my phone to distract me from an uncomfortable emotion? A lot! That’s why I’m taking yet another mindfulness course to remind me to take a breath, put my hand on my heart, and feel the sensations of the emotion in my body. Instead of being overwhelmed by the … Continue reading Phone Down, Hand on My Heart
This morning I did the mindfulness practice of RAIN, a mnemonic discussed by Michelle McDonald and Tara Brach, which I learned with my mindfulness instructor Yael Shy. It is used to help someone be present with their emotions. It stands for: R: Recognize A: Allow I: Investigate with Kindness N: Non-Attachment/Nurture Recognize is to name … Continue reading The Road to Work is Paved with Good Intentions
Recently someone asked me what I do on my day off. Well there’s cooking and cleaning, as well as just being and chilling, perhaps hiking. And of course, therapy! I found it quite hard to add therapy to evenings when working 5 days a week and caring for my daughter. It’s downright exhausting and far … Continue reading Free Time, Free the Mind
Watching movies takes me out my body and into the character I’m watching whose life is edited and caricatured and doesn’t face actual problems or frustrations. Not that I’m a pro at being in my body and feeling my emotions as it is. Thus why I take mindfulness courses. Speaking of, I really need to … Continue reading Mindful Musings: Return from Winter Break
That phrase could mean, "Why is this happening now?" Alternatively, it can connote, "Why focus on the Now?" As in the present moment discussed by Eckhart Tolle and many other mindfulness experts. Well, I'm going to touch on both of these phrases, and would you believe it—they are actually connected! When our brain goes to … Continue reading Why Now?
Dear Inner Critic,Sorry I’m not always perfectBut I’m not the shmuck you paint me asI am strong I am braveI have survived a lot of shitRemember that time my cousin got killed by a fuckin’ volcano?Or how about that time my dad suddenly collapsed and went unconscious and I never got to speak to him … Continue reading Dear Inner Critic
Happy Birthday to my daughter! And happy birthaversary to me! Y’all, motherhood is hard! For different reasons at different stages. But always it’s a challenge in self-care. I forgot my lunch today. It’s hard planning for your kid and yourself and your family all the time. I got so lucky. My own mother, who is … Continue reading Daughter Turns 4!
On Hanukkah there is this idea of publicizing the miracle. That’s why ppl put the menora (aka chanukia) by their window. I’m not the most private person—after all, I often blog about my life! Sometimes though, I want to turn inward. Life’s been challenging in recent months—lots of challenges, lots of introspection—and I just want … Continue reading Hanukkah Miracle