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Keeping The Thanks In Thanksgiving

Going Beyond the Gratitude List to Weave in Thanks Throughout Your Day I have a complicated relationship with Thanksgiving. When I was young girl growing up in New England, we learned how the Pilgrims welcomed their friends the Indians to the table for a meal of friendship. When I got older, I learned the story [...]

Three Mindfulness Tips To Foster Life Balance In An Unbalanced World

“Every moment only once.” -Thich Nhat Hanh “Every moment only once.” I love these words by Thich Nhat Hanh, a monk, a spiritual leader, poet and peace activist who is renown for his teachings and writings on mindfulness and peace. Some of Thich Nhat Hahn’s key teachings are that the practice of mindfulness helps tether [...]

A Process in Self-Reflection: Using Mindful Creativity to Come Alive and Thrive

“Ask not what the world needs of you. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs now is more people to come alive.” - Robert Thurman The concept of ‘aliveness’ is at the core of the therapeutic work I do as a psychologist. In feeling alive—really tapping into [...]

By |2018-08-30T21:11:42+00:00August 30th, 2018|Mindfulness Based Life Coaching|0 Comments

Mindfulness Art: How To Mindfully Journal Without Words

Touch Drawing as a tool for creative self-reflection and connection. In graduate school, although my focus was Clinical Psychology, I had the good fortune of being able to take electives from other departments. Out of all of the electives I took, the one that had the most lasting effect—and still informs my mindful creativity practice—was [...]

By |2018-04-19T22:26:29+00:00April 19th, 2018|Mindfulness Meditation|0 Comments

Resist The Rabbit Hole Of Your Smart Phone

I recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post called “Start Looking Up Instead Of Down: Three simple tips to help you unplug and mindfully engage.” The post details how obsessed people have become with their smart phones and other mobile devices and the impact that the overuse and abuse of technology is having on [...]

Don’t Throw Your Sanity To The Dogs

A Few Simple Mindfulness Exercises Can Alleviate Distress. Christine Clarridge recently interviewed me for her article, Not wild about dogs? How to cope in mutt-mad Seattle, that appeared in the June 9, 2017 issue of the Seattle Times. The premise of the article, which you may have already gathered from the title, was about how [...]

8 Ways to Foster Mindful Relationships

I was recently interviewed by Christine Clarridge of the Seattle Times for a lifestyle article that ran on Mother’s Day. The article, How to improve your relationship with your mom, addressed just that—improving your relationship with mom. Although Mother’s Day has come and passed this year, the article offers some valuable tips on how you [...]

The Art of Living Mindfully

Wipe away the clutter with simple mindfulness practices throughout your day In my previous blog, The Rise of Mindfulness and Adult Coloring , I mentioned mindful coloring as being one of my windshield wiper practices, but then realized that these practices are neither well known nor self-explanatory. I created the term “windshield wiper practices” to [...]