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Writing for Self-Compassion
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Writing for Self-Compassion

This is a great writing practice to use when wanting to treat yourself with loving kindness and gentleness. I mention this in the video below. PURPOSE/EFFECTS A lack of self-compassion is common in our highly competitive society. By learning to treat ourselves with kindness and compassion we can increase our contentment, emotional well-being, resilience, and...

What is Self-Compassion? (3 Beginning Practices)
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What is Self-Compassion? (3 Beginning Practices)

In this first class, we learn about Self-Compassion and are introduced to three practices in this session: Affectionate Breathing, Soothing Touch, and Self-Compassion Break.This class is held live weekly on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm CT on Insight Timer (browser or app). We will explore different types of meditations to help us with self-compassion from mindfulness,...

Rest & Restore: A Tool for Stress Management
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Rest & Restore: A Tool for Stress Management

I LOVE Restorative yoga! This type of resting yoga is what assisted me in my journey several years ago when I became extremely ill with mold-associated illness and its resulting challenges of fibromyalgia, fatigue, lack of concentration, IBS, and respiratory response, to name a few. By this style of rest, coupled with mindfulness meditation, mat...

The Use of Therapeutic Sound for PTSD and Stress
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The Use of Therapeutic Sound for PTSD and Stress

Sound Meditation, Sound Baths and Sound Energy Healing I have been a musician since I was in grade school. I know that music has been therapy for me throughout the years with all the challenges I experienced in my childhood and adult life. To sing a song and strum the guitar, would be a soothing...

Stress Relief: How a Body Scan Meditation Can Assist You
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Stress Relief: How a Body Scan Meditation Can Assist You

You probably already know what stress feels like. Stress finds us on varying levels. We don’t have to look for it; it finds us. Whereas “rest” is something we must invite into our lives. We, as a society, must initiate rest. We often hear the term “stress,” often in phrases such as, “I’m so stressed...

Mindful Sensing: Sights, Sounds, Smells
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Mindful Sensing: Sights, Sounds, Smells

In recent times, evidence suggests that being mindful or being aware of the present moment without judgments, allows the body to become enhanced in the following ways: Enhance a sense of clarity Increase empathy Increase satisfaction in relationships Improve immune function When you focus on improving the quality of your life and becoming aware of...

What is Mindfulness?
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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a way of looking at things differently and allows a way for you to relate to all of the experiences in your life which may be causing you to suffer.  This, in turn, will allow you to personally transform yourself. We as humans are constantly looking for ways to solve the causes of...

Laughter Wellness
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Laughter Wellness

Laughter may be the best medicine after all. Laughing is found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost the function of the immune system; it also triggers the release of endorphins, increases pain tolerance, and promotes general wellbeing. The “therapy” takes advantage of the natural benefits of laughing and channels them for psychological gain....

Open to Possibilities
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Open to Possibilities

Recently, I witnessed one door close that I thought was secure. Yet, I am well aware that In this life change is the only constant. Our lives here are impermanent. It is looking at any attachments that I may have that I believe will keep me “safe” and “secure.” As easy as it is to...

No Mud, No Lotus
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No Mud, No Lotus

One of my teachers is Thich Nhat Hanh. I know I have to move through the challenges in life, yet those challenges bring me the gift of inner strength. I find that strength when I meditate on words such has Thich Nhat Hanh’s. I would like to share with you some wisdom from his book,...