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Mindfulness is a rich complement to traditional medicine and at the core, is the process of going from “doing and thinking” mode to “being and feeling” mode.

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I have a HUGE sweet tooth and tend to get big sugar cravings after lunch and dinner. This little snack helps to satisfy my craving for something sweet and has a deep chocolate flavor. The carob powder adds […]
"Mindfulness meditation is the most beneficial practice I have ever come across as far as my own mental wellness and I had been searching for a long time. I thought what could possibly be better for me than to learn as much as I can about this and share it with others."
"My mindfulness practice is a nourishing time, it's a stillness I crave and carefully cultivate, so as not to slip too far off track. Mindfulness helps me find joy in uncertainty and find depths of compassion for myself and others."
"When something difficult occurs in my life, I turn to meditation, not to clear my mind but to let the thoughts have their way. I see them all, which is what they want, and I don’t try to hold on to them."

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Computers are made to multi-task, humans are not. Single-tasking helps us make less mistakes, prevents us from having to do things over because of carelessness, and brings us into alignment with how we truly aspire to show up to our life.
This unusual approach to death really got me, so I’ve been rolling it around in my head for a while. I took some time today to contemplate how I’m living my life: Am I working on leaving this place better than I found it? Where, how and with whom am I spending my energy?
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Meet my friend and colleague, Amanda. She is a licensed mental health therapist at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. (Read her professional bio here.) She was an MBSR student of mine when the COVID-19 pandemic hit early […]
Mindfulness helps Ann work with her clients in Acceptance and Commitment therapy so they can commit to a value-based life path.
I was very fortunate to be able to attend a 7-day, teacher lead, silent mindfulness retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado last week partly to “check a box” for MBSR teacher certification.  (More about that teacher pathway HERE. I’m […]
There are many ways we can gain wisdom and insight into the true nature of things. The most common, but not necessarily the most fun, is through experience. A more enjoyable way is through storytelling. Stories that speak […]