Mind-Body

Let’s go surfin now

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Expectations, Health, Life Balance, Mind-Body, Stress management, Who Says?! | 0 comments

Let’s go surfin now

Let’s go surfin now Everybody’s learning how Come on and safari with me (come on and safari with…) Those are the lyrics to “Surfin’ Safari” by Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Mike Love, which are my latest earworm. Maybe they can bring a little feeling of summer to this crazy-temperatured winter, swinging here in Dallas from 32 degress this morning to 76 degrees earlier in the week. Thinking about actual surfing is not my intent, however, or the impetus that embedded that song on repeat in my head. The concept of “riding the waves”, rather, has been...

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Mind wars against the flu

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Announcements, Health, Mind-Body, Stress management, Who Says?! | 0 comments

Mind wars against the flu

News about flu season is always a little scary, bombarding us with the latest figures on how bad the flu is,  shortages of vaccine, endless “woe is me” commentary.  I don’t like to read these scary headlines, but the reality is that this time of year we are bombarded with tips about how to stay healthy. Wash your hands, take your vitamins, eat chicken soup, get your flu shot, see your doctor within the first 48 hours of symptoms to try and rein in the toll. One of the most fascinating–and accessible–answers this year has been a study by researchers at the...

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Face Your Fears Day

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Health, Life Balance, Mind-Body, Self-compassion, Stress management, Who Says?! | 1 comment

Face Your Fears Day

Fears. We all have ‘em. Fear of public speaking is the most common. Fear of missing out is the newest I’ve heard, with a handy acronym: FOMO. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of spiders. Fear of being alone. Fear of flying. Fear of messing up as a mother. You name it. Facing our fears is the basic human condition, as pointed out in one of my favorite films, Defending Your Life. When the clock radio turned on this morning, the DJ announced that now, to address this most basic human state of anxiety, we have a day dedicated to facing those fears. Face Your Fears Day....

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Daily gratitude practice, updated.

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Just Like Us!, Mind-Body, Self esteem, Straight thinking, Stress management, Who Says?!, Women's issues | 4 comments

Daily gratitude practice, updated.

The recommendation to make a daily gratitude list has become so common that your brain might be shutting down right now.  Yeah, yeah, you grumble.  The research is clear that sitting down each evening to list blessings in your life can increase happiness and well-being. And everyone older than three or younger than ninety knows it. “Lay off us, we’ve heard it before,” you may be thinking. I struggle with it too. I know reciting my gratefulness can enrich my life, tempering the days I spend listening to woes galore. But do I do it? I’m just a lowly human being, and...

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What’s with all the nature photos?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in Creativity, Mind-Body, Stress management, Who Says?!, Women's issues | 1 comment

What’s with all the nature photos?

Perhaps you’ve noticed the new web design. An update was needed, as my old template was a bit outdated and dysfunctional. But what’s with all the nature photos? Think I’m bragging about all my summer escapes? Well, since I am a human being, I did enjoy a number of relaxing and/or productive journeys to beautiful locales this summer, and I had a lot of fun taking pictures. Following in the big steps of my dad, I suppose. When we were sorting through the thousands of photos he took in his amateur photography career recently, it seemed like two-thirds were sunsets, mountain...

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Just Do It?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Expectations, Mind-Body, Self-compassion, Straight thinking, Stress management | 1 comment

Growing up, my father had a signature phrase that my sisters and I despised absolutely. This is just and right, as most children are wont to feel about those parental lessons that drag offspring kicking and screaming into the realm of responsibility. And that cringe-worthy phrase? His own Hoosier-raised, preacher-wisdom version of the popular Nike slogan, “just do it.” None of the upbeat, inspiring energy of a Nike commercial, however. Daddy always expressed his maxim in a matter-of-fact tone, bordering on exasperation: “you don’t have to like it, you just have to do...

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