Spontaneous Practice

Happy memories

Call to mind a time when you felt that all was right with your world. You can close your eyes and visualize this time or gaze at a reminder to cue the events and circumstances surrounding the event. Some people journal to flesh out the memory while others imagine telling the story to a good …

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The perfect cup

The intention behind this exercise is the maintenance of full and complete awareness while we drink our favorite cup of coffee, tea, soda, juice, water, etc.  We attend to the beginning, middle and end of the process of drinking a beverage. Allow yourself 3-5 minutes of alone time to fully engage with the process.  Notice …

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3-minute stretch

“Sometimes we need to stop sitting in one place and start to move around… to bring awareness and enjoyment into our bodies.” Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Mindful Movements Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh believes that mindfulness is enhanced by body awareness and that body awareness strengthens mindfulness.  This belief is supported by a growing body …

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The inner critic

We are innately endowed with the ability to give and receive care. Self-compassion extends those qualities to the self. – Kristen Neff, Self-Compassion: A Healthier Way of Relating to Yourself We all have an inner critic, right?  That’s because, as a society, we believe that self-criticism is an effective motivator… when it’s not. On brain scans, …

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