Cute improves concentration

File this under S for SWEET! In addition to making the heart all warm and fuzzy, have you heard that exposure to cute things has been studied and shown to improve concentration? This means if you’re looking to hone your attention, study for an exam, even engage...

Just Sit! Another 6 weeks of mindfulness

Just Sit!  NEW DATES A 6-week course in mindfulness meditation This series of six 1-hour classes on mindfulness meditation is appropriate for new or experienced meditators. Simple instructions, lengthy in-class practice and suggested homework assignments are meant to...

Open to nature, open to gratitude

File this one under B for BLISS! Nature’s Beauty Inspires Gratitude is a must-see 20 min TEDx talk featuring the stunning filmwork of Louie Schwartzberg. It starts as simply jaw-dropping time lapse nature photography and builds into a compelling vision for why...

Happy frolicking cows!

Yesterday I had a series of conversations with former strangers (by which I mean, once we’d chatted for a while they transformed into new friends). Inexplicably, and not brought up by me, the topic of vegetarian vs. meat eating kept surfacing. It surprised me...

The only word my heart hears

My heart wants sweet and salty treats and Gallon-bottles of spicy red wine It wants to dress up In costumes and Play at the silliest think-upable things Filling sunshined living rooms With laughter It won’t be argued with My heart It goes on Wanting and playing...

Calm dot com

Calm.com is a super-chill site for helping you to relax. I’ve been using it to stay calm under pressure at work. It has wordless, meandering music interspersed with tracks of nature sounds. On my second monitor I’ve got the serene videos set to...

Endangered pleasure

I love to hold hands. There is a basic deep connection in the holding of hands. It is intimate. A direct path from one heart to another. I want to hold the hand of a lover under the covers laying in bed, while walking at night in the park, while driving country roads...

Life is right now

This is one of my favourite short clips of Jon Kabat-Zin speaking on mindfulness. The whole thing is worth a listen. Starting at about 3 mins, he says: Even in very stressful situations, you can move in to the actuality of the situation and find ways to move with it,...

A 6-week course in mindfulness

Just Sit! A 6-week course in mindfulness meditation This series of six 1-hour classes is an introduction to mindfulness meditation. The sessions are appropriate for new or experienced meditators. Simple instructions, lengthy in-class practice and suggested homework...
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