daily discipline

Just One Thing

As psychologist, Rick Hanson, likes to say, “You can use your mind to change your brain to benefit your mind.”  He suggests we practice one small thing a day to transform our brain to enhance our well-BEING. Ideal “small things” are the ones that appear naturally during our day, or are relatively easy to accomplish.  All you need is …

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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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Before work obligations

If you take 1-3 minutes to mindfully breathe before you tackle the mountain of obligations in your life, you will eventually come to “do more” and “do better” in the same amount of time!  Mindful breathing exercises might feel like an interference or interruption, but they give your brain the energy boost it needs for improved concentration, fewer negative reactions and greater work efficiency …

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Mindful waiting

In her book and blog about The Happiness Project (http://www.happiness-project.com/), author Gretchen Rubin shares how she puts “meditation” at the end of any task she considered boring or unpleasant.  She routinely participated in “sitting in traffic meditation,” “doing laundry meditation,” or “listening to a long story on the phone meditation” throughout her day. Rather than fall victim to the natural …

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