Attend to Rising

My 2023 Word of the year is Attend. This year, I hope to attend to various parts of my life - in the sense of bringing attention, and to tend to various people and aspects that are important to me. For January, I have chosen the word "Rise." So I have been attending to rising... Continue Reading →

Mindful Moment 156 – Listen

The sounds around us serve as an anchor, but instead of trying to figure out what they are, we can rest in just hearing, listening, and allowing ourselves to return to the sense of sound. Also listen to previous sound/listening recordings here and here.

Book: Thank you breath

Thank you breath is a sweet book by Jennifer Cohen Harper to bring mindfulness of the breath to children: https://bookshop.org/books/thank-you-breath-finding-peace-and-power-from-the-inside-out/9781683735175?aid=18037&listref=resources-that-help-kids-thrive It also includes meditations and tips for grownups.

The power of random acts of kindness

Photo by Mei-Ling Mirow on Unsplash https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/well/family/random-acts-of-kindness.html?mc_cid=f190137e23&mc_eid=ce26c5b3f6 This beautiful list has inspired me to make myself a list of them to do one each day some of the ones I've done: - posting a joke on the little library - leaving money in the little library books to be found littlelibrary.org - making something for... Continue Reading →

ATM meditation

Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay A couple of years ago, I was finally able to move the last of my money from "big banks" to a local credit union. Ethical banking can, as a group, make a huge difference in where money is invested around the world: https://readingmytealeaves.com/2021/08/habit-shift-ethical-banking.html Many big banks support oil pipelines... Continue Reading →

Book: The Power of Less

The Power of Less by Leo Babauta looks at first like a book meant for business people, or those with corporate job lives. While I'm sure it's hugely beneficial if you are one of them, I found it shockingly apt also for those who are simply getting through the day, who are interested in a... Continue Reading →

Do you really get true rest?

Image by Daniela Dimitrova from Pixabay This article questions whether we really ever get rest - true rest, not when we are doing, thinking, being on a screen. Do you? https://www.self.com/story/what-does-rest-mean This set of guidelines is great for kids as well - PDF = Playtime, Downtime, Family time, and can be a reminder for us... Continue Reading →

Mindfulness Story – The 84th Problem

Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay Mindfulness parables are good examples and interesting stories to tell to elaborate a point. The story of the whole elephant, or the cliffhanger. Here is another, the 84th problem. The story goes like this (please forgive any errors in the retelling): Buddha's disciples came to him often... Continue Reading →

Impulse purchasing

Image by gonghuimin468 from Pixabay This great video from the Minimalists talks about impulse purchases, and how we can curtail them. They mention the 30 day rule (or 30 whatever rule!) - to help you put some space between the impulse to buy and the action. As in all mindful activities, when we can create... Continue Reading →

Tuesday poem: Out the window

Photo by @felipepelaquim on Unsplash Out the window out the window the shared frustration of things not working out as planned the laggy chess game the missing headphones the chatty kids and flight-staff the delayed flights the sky is seemingly still but the clouds are ever-moving with winds, some change but when the winds die... Continue Reading →

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