Mindful Musings Blog

Was There Mindfulness at the Olympics?

Feb 20, 2018

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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Kris Bradner

Feb 6, 2018

“Seeking center in the business world”By: Vanessa Weiner and Jennifer Jordan Kris Bradner is no stranger to seeking balance in her busy life. As an entrepreneur, Kris has worked with her team to keep the company culture healthy and run the business efficiently. These are no small tasks, especially when combined with her other priorities:  rearing her children, pursuing passions, making time to exercise, and trying to squeeze…

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Intentions over Resolutions

Jan 30, 2018

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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Jim Scanlan

Jan 23, 2018
Jim Scanlan featured image, financial advisor, dad, brother, friend

Jim, a successful financial planner who raised his family in North Kingstown, grew up in Quincy, Mass. and attended Boston College High School, a Catholic all-boys school, in the 1970s. There, like so many students, Jim was sexually abused by a priest he and his family trusted. Jim never spoke publicly about the abuse he…

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Rose Quigley Molina — Part One

Jan 9, 2018
Rose Quigly Molina featured image school social worker, mom, wife, business owner

Part One: “This is who you are.” By Jennifer Jordan This is Part One of a series about Rose Molina, a lead social worker for Providence Public Schools and co-founder of Social Sparks, a social-emotional learning center in Lincoln, RI for children with learning differences. Resilience has been at the core of Rose’s life as…

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Introducing Everyday Resilience

Dec 12, 2017

The annual fundraiser, this year titled #WeAreResilient, was a huge success! Over dinner on Oct. 27, we heard from three brave and articulate students, as well as Sophia Academy’s Head of School, Gigi DiBello, about their experience finding their center amidst adversity. They described how invaluable this life skill is for managing stress, overcoming challenges, and building…

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Stress and Anxiety Are on the Rise

Oct 18, 2017

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

Sep 8, 2017

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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#WeAreResilient

Jun 12, 2017

Resilience happens every day—little moments that remind us that we have all overcome some form of disappointment or adversity in order to get to where we are today, and that the ability to bounce back after failure or loss may be our biggest strength. At Center for Resilience, we talk about the power of resilience.…

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