Mindfulness: Becoming Happier and Healthier

What exactly does mindfulness mean? To be mindful is to be present in the moment without passing order levitra judgment on the moment. Just being. Mindfulness has its roots in Zen Buddhism. So who better than Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to define mindfulness for us: One of my favorite quotes is “The present moment holds infinite riches beyond Ampicillin buy cheap our wildest dreams.” But are we ever in the present moment? Most of us find ourselves constantly occupied with something — other than what’s going on at the present moment. What to have for dinner. How to get amoxicillin the kids everywhere they need to go. How to pay the bills. What to do about your intolerable boss. And on and on. How can practicing mindfulness help our personal growth journey? Just do it and you’ll see. Mindfulness will calm your thoughts and emotions. It will lessen your anxiety and stress. Mindfulness will improve buy amoxil your relationships, with those you’re close to and those you have a passing encounter with in line at the grocery store. The practice of mindfulness is being used by health professionals — mental and physical — to cure their patients’ ailments. I’ve read about mindfulness being used to help conditions such as fibromyalgia and other chronic pain. And about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy being used by therapists in cases of depression and anxiety. The medical and “professional” side of things is beyond my focus on personal development. I mention it because the fact that the practice of mindfulness is expanding into the outer edges of the...

Best Personal Growth Practices: Mindfulness v. Multi-Tasking

For most of us, multi-tasking is not at all an option. Entrepreneurs, it seems to me, are born multi-taskers. Not only do we accept it as a part of life, we demand it. I’m incapable of sitting on the couch and watching tv. It may occupy my eyes, but it’s mindless. And what do I do with my hands? Same with talking on the phone. It takes one hand, at most. I usually eat dinner while I clean up the kitchen and talk on the phone or to my kids. I enjoy seeing how much I can accomplish at once. But last night, on the eve of my son’s first birthday, I thought (for the first time in a long time) about the value of mindfulness. We were snuggling on our big comfy chair in the bedroom as I tried to calm him into sleepiness. My other kids were in the room, vowing to be “quiet,” which to a 4 and 2-year-old actually means a “quiet roar.” I found myself longing to be alone with just my baby. Longing to have all the time in the world to enjoy his smiles and snuggles, his soft skin and tiny fingers. I didn’t want to do anything during my time with  him other than have my time with him. I often remember something I read in a book by the Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. What should an enlightened person think while washing the dishes he asks? He should think about washing the dishes, of course. I used to do this, before my life got complicated. I would really focus on the...

Declutter Your House — and Your Mind

Since I told you to declutter yesterday as part of your self improvement journey, I feel compelled to give you some idea of HOW to go about that. Having confessed my struggles with this issue, I figured you would laugh if I tried to give you decluttering tips. Instead, I’ll share with you a couple of resources I’m using to try to kick the clutter habit. These have been most helpful to me. First, here’s a short video from John...

House Cleaning for Self Improvement?

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk?” — Albert Einstein I was so happy when I ran across this quote several months ago. My desk is so cluttered that I usually work on my couch. There’s no space for my laptop on my desk. I’ve struggled with clutter from the day I got my first apartment on my own. And now, Albert Einstein suggests not only that it’s okay, but that my desk should be cluttered. I tried to rejoice in this news. But ultimately, I couldn’t. Because although my entire house (with the minor exceptions of my dining room and a bedroom, both of which are never used) suffers from clutter, I am not at all at peace with it. My life is pretty hectic. And 99% of the time, I choose playing with my kids over cleaning my house. I’m comfortable with this decision, but not comfortable with the state of my house. My home office bugs me so much that it’s become more of a storage room than a work space. Feng Shui experts could make a career out of me. Why can’t I be at peace with my cluttered house? Because I think the snappy little saying is actually true. A cluttered house is the sign of a cluttered mind. In fact, I know this. Because when I reach my bursting point — or when my ultra-organized sister comes to visit — and I de-clutter like a woman on a mission, I feel SO much better after I’m done. I enjoy being in my house or...

Some Days My “Self” Doesn’t Need “Improvement”

I have had a rough week. I lost my cell phone. I never imagined how inconvenient that would be. And I’m double mad about it because I’m 99% sure it’s somewhere in my house. I’ve been trying to feel grateful for the fact that my house is big enough that I can search it for four days without finding my phone. But, it’s been frustrating. I’ve wasted a lot of time obsessively looking for my phone. And, I get a lot of work done in the car on my phone, so I’m really feeling behind this week. You can imagine how I struggled to maintain my positive attitude when it took me the good part of the day to get a new phone. I’ll spare you the details, but I will share that it was my good fortune to be needing a new phone at a time when my service provider’s entire network was down for seven hours. I, and my three tired toddlers, had been waiting in the store (for the third time today) for about 45 minutes when it happened. You see, I had been looking for the lesson in my predicament, as I always do. What greater benefit was going to come from my adversity here? I was starting to think I’d finally been proven wrong. Maybe the only purpose behind my experience here was to torture me. Just then, three people walked into the store together. The very nice and patient employee behind the counter was helping a couple with a new phone. He explained to the newcomers that he would be with them just...