Thoughts about mindfulness

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In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

How to move from multi-tasking to mindfulness

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In the busyness of the world we live in, multi-tasking can become the norm. With so many distractions available to us – emails that ping, text messages that ding – it is easy to be lured into it unwittingly. How do you stave off the multi-tasking lures?

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3 Simple steps to shift stress

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Stress is part of life. Sometimes it is a force for good – being functional, keeping us challenged and engaged. Most times when people talk about stress, it is the dysfunctional kind. Chronic stress is the most debilitating, creeping up on us as we try to “cope”. 

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Next gen – retirement. Choose or lose?

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A few years before I turned forty, an associate said to me he was planning his retirement.  “Retirement?” I thought to myself, “That’s the last thing on my mind”.

More than a decade later, I still think it’s a way off, but sometimes it seems a lot closer. With downsizings in workplaces it can arrive earlier than you expect …

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Beyond blue to green

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A belief that contact with nature ameliorates stress and benefits humans can be found in the earliest documented histories of China, Greece and Persia.
~ Townsend and Weerasuriya, 2010

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Thoughts about being yourself …

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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