Mindful Musings

5 Tips for a Mindful Holiday Season

While visiting with family last weekend, my husband pulled out an old holiday card photo of our kids from 2006 and remarked that it doesn’t seem like that picture was taken 13 years ago. The holidays seem to arrive a little more quickly every year, right?  It seems like just yesterday we were pulling out…

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Can We Ski Mindfully?

Snow in March often comes with mixed reviews. Those who know me, know I love the snow; but I did hear a number of moans and groans about last Monday’s storm, particularly that we might forever be stuck in winter. We have a skiing family — well, two skiers and two boarders. My son and…

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What is EQ?

Picture a time when you were listening to someone rant about their hectic and stressful day… did your mind wander? Did the person you were talking to ask you about the blank stare on your face? It’s that same blank stare that you may recognize from a time when you’re sharing something important and the…

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Perspective-Taking

By: Vanessa Weiner and Sophie Sandweiss This is one of my favorite times in the cycle of our year-long curriculum. We are deep into the chapter on Social Awareness and Relationship Skills, which strengthens the community we strive to create, and gives context to the first half of the year spent developing self-awareness and a…

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Are You Perfect?

When you think of February, what comes to mind – chocolate and Valentine’s Day?  We conjured up all these images during our Mission: Mindfulness session last month that focused on practices around building compassion. When we talk about compassion, we talk about what it means to be more understanding and less judgmental toward others.  It…

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Was There Mindfulness at the Olympics?

Remember back to high school when you had to do a team project and there was always that one person who didn’t pull their weight? Working as a team requires communicating, innovating, showing dedication to the process, perspective-taking and persevering. Once called “soft skills,” these critical attributes are now sought after (and tested for) by…

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Intentions over Resolutions

We have all started years with grand plans and promises. These resolutions can bring a sense of purpose and a promise of happiness… for about 2 weeks, until they dissolve into guilt for eating that cookie, taking advantage of that huge sale, or not cleaning the house before bed. Research shows that about 80% of us…

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Stress and Anxiety Are on the Rise

Stress and anxiety seem to be on the rise, especially for students. In 2014, the American Psychological Association reported that our nation’s teens are more stressed than adults during the school year, an indication that unhealthy behaviors connected to stress may start early. In a second study two years later, Coping with Change, not only…

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The Intention of Mindfulness

At times, mindfulness is inaccurately portrayed in the media, either trumpeted as a homeopathic cure-all or criticized as nothing more than a fad. Lately, we’ve seen mindfulness labeled as a selfish practice, grouped with other indulgences such as days at the spa or luxurious vacations which market themselves as “self-care.” These misconceptions usually refer only…

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Change Can Be Stressful…

Spring is here, which means waiting for the day when we can shed our winter wardrobes and walk around free of thick layers and cold noses. While the additional sunlight makes this change a pleasant one for most, is also the start to a very stressful time for teens. A slew of end of the…

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