A Guide to Practicing Sitting Meditation

A Guide to Practicing Sitting Meditation

A Guide to Practicing Sitting Meditation

I like to think of practicing mindfulness meditation as being like walking a labyrinth. This labyrinth, however, begins at the center and spirals outward, then returns to where it began: the center. Come to a comfortable seated position. If you…

Mindfulness Made Easy

Mindfulness Made Easy

Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to mean formal mediation and sitting still in a totally silent room! Many of my clients talk about new ways to improve their emotional wellness. In a recent discussion, a client mentioned this year he would…

Tuning In to Your Healthy Inner Voice

Tuning In to Your Healthy Inner Voice

We all have an inner voice. Sometimes it’s more like that shoulder angel: offering words of encouragement, giving wise advice, and coaching us through a difficult situation. Other times it’s more like that shoulder devil: criticizing, judging, talking trash to…

Making Change Sweeter: How to Find the Sweet Spot

Making Change Sweeter: How to Find the Sweet Spot

In their Transtheoretical Model, James Prochaska and Carlo DiClimente identify five stages in the process of change. Basically, you have pre-change, a beginning, middle and an end or continuance. When it comes to change, different people have more or less…

The Importance of Nurturing a Mindful Attitude

The Importance of Nurturing a Mindful Attitude

Recently, I have been reflecting a lot about the mindful attitude. It seems to me that attitudes are composed of three elements: perspective, emotion/mood, and intention. Perspective Perspectives have a kind of solidity that thoughts and emotions alone do not…

Humble Resilience: Bouncing Back. Bouncing Forward.

Humble Resilience: Bouncing Back. Bouncing Forward.

By Bob VandePol, MSW “No way. That is NOT how I walk!” Those words formed on my lips long ago in an 8:00 a.m. Anatomy & Kinesiology college class. The professor had just defined walking as “the repetition of leaning…

A Brave New World: Life During and After the Pandemic

A Brave New World: Life During and After the Pandemic

We talk about looking for the new normal. We assume things will eventually settle again, but into a new arrangement of reality. That is a reasonable assumption. But what will it look like? The better question to my mind is, “What do we want it to look like?”

Mindfulness: The Art of Living

Mindfulness: The Art of Living

Mindfulness takes us far beyond psychological dimension into the spiritual. The practice of Mindfulness opens the heart to love, beauty and wonder.

Facing a Few Things: Four Steps For Dealing With Dread

Facing a Few Things: Four Steps For Dealing With Dread

David Agee, LMSW, elaborates on four steps we can use to deal with anxiety, worry, panic or agoraphobia: facing, accepting, floating, and letting time pass.

Be Mindful Today to Feel Better and Live Better Tomorrow

Be Mindful Today to Feel Better and Live Better Tomorrow

Mindfulness is an ancient practice that has been lost in today’s busy world. However, the importance and value of mindfulness has not been forgotten.