Category Archives: mindfulness

A Vietnam Veteran: My Hero, My Dad.

My father is a Vietnam veteran. I did not find out what that really meant until December 31st, 2006; when my life changed, forever. My father and I were not the closest throughout my childhood, and…

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Badger: A Canine Love Story

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Badger at 6 weeks

I just realized I have not made a post in a long time!

Meet Badger, the Australian Shepherd. He was born on 3/3/12, and I met/fell in love with him two weeks later. He is the best friend I could ever ask for. The most fun, loving part of my life! He is more than a pet, he is family. I refer to him as my son.

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Badger and Momma

When I have a day that is not so great, he is always there for me. With the biggest smile on his face! My Fiance and I have a love for drag racing, and Badger has been going to the track with us since he was 8 weeks old, he loves it 🙂

He is a perfect addition to our family & I do not know what I would do without him!

I have had a couple dogs in my lifetime, but none compare to Badger.

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Badger, at the track


Very well put for meditation or just simply being present.

Mindfulbalance

We should always remember that meditation is the cultivation and practice of nonattachment….Mindfulness is nothing but the middle way. It is neither an intense practice, nor can it be done without effort. It must be done with balance. Properly done, it is neither detached pushing away nor egoistic clinging. Be very careful about sitting down with ideas like, “I am sitting, I am watching, I am breathing, I am meditating, I am this, that is mine”.

Buddhadasa Bhikku

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Wow, can I attest to this 🙂

Mindfulbalance

As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life — delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay — I hold this question as a guiding light: “What do I really need right now to be happy?” What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection, and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way.

Sharon Salzberg

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What an increbible take on mindfulness!

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

By Duff McDuffee from Beyond Growth

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Ellen Langer’s perspective on mindfulness continues to blow my mind the more I think about it and do it.

Mindfulness is often defined as “bringing all of one’s attention to the present moment” or “paying attention in a particular way.” But how should one bring all of one’s attention to the present moment? And what should one pay attention to in order to be “mindful”? And for what purpose does a person engage in mindfulness?

A frequently used mindfulness meditation technique is to notice the breath as it goes in and out. This task is very boring and done over long periods sitting upright can be very painful. They don’t tell you that in the marketing though! The benefits emphasized are things like gaining a more peaceful mind, “changing your brain,” reducing stress, and improving concentration. Let’s take the last claim. What is…

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Well Said!

Pseudonymous

It’s a wonderful feeling to realize you are finally on the right track. When you find a counselor who recognizes that your depression and anxiety, your quirky personality traits, and possibly your chronic illnesses are most likely holdovers from your abusive, traumatic childhood (which really was abusive and traumatic – you had a suspicion, but you just weren’t sure because as far as you knew your childhood was perfectly typical). When you attend group therapy sessions on learning to deal with stress and you listen to other people’s stories and they sound just like you. Here are people who understand because they’ve been there. And you want so much to rush across the circle and hug them and cry together because you know; you know.

It is a similar feeling when you finally start reading some of those books that have been on your Amazon queue forever…

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Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Old one from the archives I’ve updated:

I was unable to locate an owner of this cartoon. I do not own it and do not know it’s copyright status. I’m printing it in good faith because the message is so important. I found it here on Facebook, but the guy who posted it doesn’t have an open mailbox and I don’t know if he owns it either.

From Beyond Meds:

For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.  

Support Beyond Meds. Enter Amazon via a link from this blog and do the shopping you’d be doing anyway. No need to purchase the book the link takes you to or make a 

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