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In this interview, Dr. Susie Wolbe discusses how to teach mindfulness to kids:  "Children watch and learn from the adults in their lives; parents can set the tone for their children so upsets become opportunities for growth, learning, problem solving, and building resilience.  Parents should be supportive of their children’s progress and growth, without crossing the line into micro-managing assignments and relationships."  
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Final post in my Mindful Virtue series. Would love to hear from you if you've decided to give mindfulness a try.
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“Are you teaching mindfulness to your kids? It may be more important than you think. Even the youngest among us are feeling the speed of our accelerating world. I have found that the perfect remedy for the rapid pace of change in our culture is mindfulness. We can sail through life’s many twists and turns if we practice it daily. But how, exactly, do you teach mindfulness and meditation to your kids? Here are three simple ways to model mindfulness for your children.” 
Unsure about how to teach mindfulness and meditation to your kids? Here are 3 simple tips for how to model mindfulness for children.
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“Do you get distracted by your breath in meditation? A lot of people struggle with this. You’re not alone. So what is the right way to breathe when you meditate? Let’s keep it super simple. Whatever school of practice you belong to, there are a few basic tips that can help. Let’s break it down based on the two fundamental approaches to meditation: focused awareness and free awareness.” 
It can be tricky knowing how to breathe in meditation properly. There are so many approaches. Here's a simple approach to breathing in meditation.
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Do you have the courage to be gentle?… 
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These are some questions I ask myself periodically to see how well I'm "practicing what I preach."
 
The "eightfold path" of Buddhism is a good way to reflect on whether we're living mindfully and compassionately.
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Post and discuss your experiences with mindfulness, share any tips you may have and help to raise the awareness of awareness!

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It might seem like an oxymoron, but doing nothing is one of the hardest things for me to “do.” This week in "The Mindfulness Diaries," I contemplate the pauses between actions (or how to find faith in-between). 
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When I first heard the term "shenpa," I thought it sounded like a cross between a shar pei and an oompa loompa.  It's actually a term from Tibetan Buddhism that refers to our attachment to our emotions; it's what makes a passing feeling escalate into a bad mood or even hostility.
 
Are you familiar with shenpa?

According to Pema Chodron, "Usually translated as attachment or fixation, it is the charge behind emotions… the feeling of getting “hooked” by aversion or attraction."

The problem isn't our emotions themselves, but rather that tendency to get “hooked,” unable to let go of the feeling and allowing it to build up until it ruins our moods or we take it out on other people.
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Excerpt - "Being mindful is simply being aware of the environment and people that one is surrounded by, and ones actions; it’s a state of enlightenment. However, it is not as simple as it sounds because being heedful requires a person to adapt an observational state of mind and pay attention to everything that happens, and everything that he does, not to pass judgment or to analyze the situation but simply to able to accept the realities of life. Living in denial may seem comforting for a short period of time, but leaving this state can be hard if we don’t make a conscious effort to face the truth."

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Mindfulness is the state of taking observational status on life so that we are stronger to face the difficulties and accepting our life for what it is ...
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Short video I made introducing mindfulness and its benefits.
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I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the "Tranquility du Jour" podcast, where host, Kimberly Wilson, and I had an in-depth chat about mindfulness, meditation, retreat experiences—and of course, tranquility! :) Check it out! 
Welcome to the 317th edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today's show features Jennifer Howd on The Mindfulness Diaries. Featured Guest: Jennifer Howd is a writer, creative consultant and mindfulness facilitator with o...
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“What is the best time to meditate?  In truth, meditation can happen any time. It’s possible to practice morning, noon, or night. I find that I drop into meditative awareness at the most unexpected moments. You never know what can trigger it. It can be the play of light reflecting off a window while you walk down the street. Maybe it’s the chorus of songbirds in the tree outside your home at twilight. That said, I also agree with the great meditation masters that some times of day are more conducive than others for meditation. Here’s why.” 
What is the best time to meditate? Mystics, sages, & meditation masters through time are unanimous in recommending that you meditate in the morning.
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My next post in the Mindful Virtue series, featuring a glamorous photo of yours truly.
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