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With the holidays can come lots of stress. We’re bombarded by images that show joyful celebrations, friendly family gatherings, presents, food, lights, and bling. The media projects many joyful images. Expectations are high, yet that may not match people’s reality. If you’re not feeling particularly bright, or are having difficulty feeling joy in the midst […]

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Are you busy? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Need a break? Here are 3  ways to calm the nervous system as you go about your day. Cultivate focus, connection, stress resilience so you feel better and handle life’s ups and downs with greater effectiveness. 1. Waiting (in long lines): Feel your feet on the floor, the breath moving […]

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Many people are in need at this time. From Texas to parts of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, and many places in between, there is massive flooding, loss of lives and homes. Generosity is showing up from around the world in the form of donations, time, and various means of support, both large and small. […]

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How do you find calm when you’re irritated/stressed/angry? Can you cool down before you explode, fracture a relationship, or derail a project? We can learn to regulate our emotions so we don’t get to the boiling point, and if we do, can cool down and repair what might have been damaged. When we’re overwhelmed, our […]

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Hiking in the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, a coyote and I shared the trail for a moment. When I saw him, I froze. We exchanged glances, and he meandered away, seemingly uninterested, unafraid. I, on the other hand, felt threatened. As a result, I experienced a healthy stress response in […]

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The physical body can only be in the present moment, with its immediate sensations, aches, pains, joy, sizes and shapes. The body cannot wander to the past or jump to the future (unless you’re a superhero; in which case, you’re probably not reading this post. :)) The mind, on the other hand, time travels all […]

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What do you think of when you hear the word mindfulness? The word and practice is often misunderstood. This can prevent people from learning to practice, or discourage those who are practicing and believe they are “doing it wrong.” To support folks across the spectrum, I want to debunk some common misconceptions I’ve heard over […]

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