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Connie Barrett
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Post-Election Stress Relief
So many people are stressed out, frightened, and angry. Brain biology teaches us that when the primitive brain, which controls the fight-flight-freeze reaction, is activated, it draws blood from the frontal lobes, which control the ability to think and act ...

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A Mindfulness Meditation
Because today it is almost too hot to think (whenever I try, I feel brain cells melting), I am doing a very short post, a poem I wrote an introduction to a seminar I led on mindfulness. Re-reading it has reminded me to be mindful and to look for those aspec...

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6 Mindful Ways To Survive the Electoral Season
Although this post is specifically directed to U.S. readers, the suggestions can help in any potentially confrontational situation. After the Republican and Democratic conventions, I realized that I wasn’t looking forward to the coming three months. Some ve...

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Time Out
This week I took a break from blogging to watch highlights of the Democratic Convention. As this isn't a political blog, I won't make any comments. Later this week, blogging will resume.

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Mindfulness and Pardoning
This morning I thought about St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darknes...

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Mindfulness and the Bodhisattva
In Mahayana Buddhism (practiced in Tibet, China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia), a bodhisattva is someone who intends to become awake in order to liberate others. While most of us wake up wondering, “What can I do to make myself happy?”, the bodhisat...

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Mindfulness Matters
This is not a political blog, but, in the aftermath of the police murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, I have decided that I have to speak out here. Several years ago, a state trooper pulled my car over because he didn’t like the way I paused bef...

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Mindfulness and Independence
On this weekend that celebrates U.S. independence, I’m thinking about the foundation for true independence, a condition of much deeper freedom. Mindfulness, I believe, is that foundation. When we allow ourselves to be mindful, to observe what goes on both w...

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Adventures in Mindfulness
My friends think I’m very adventurous because in June 2015 I moved from upstate NY to western Massachusetts. Although I had two close friends here, I basically had to get out and meet people—and I am an introvert. Now, a year later, I’ve met many people, go...

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Adventures in Mindfulness
My friends think I’m very adventurous because in June 2015 I moved from upstate NY to western Massachusetts. Although I had two close friends here, I basically had to get out and meet people—and I am an introvert. Now, a year later, I’ve met many people, go...
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