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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – a Mindful Moment

When was the last time that you truly stopped physically and, at the same time, rested the mind?  This Saturday, Feb 11 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Practical Wellbeing is offering an Introduction to Mindfulness.  Come out and begin to explore and experience the benefits of a mindfulness practice..

I was inspired by the power of stopping, as described by Robert Frost in the following poem where he describes a person stopping by woods.  Just for fun, try reading it at what you would consider a slow speed….say 70 percent of your normal reading rate and inviting yourself to stay open to all that can be experienced in the words.  It also happens to be one of my favourite winter poems.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
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HEY – I Thought 2017 Was Supposed to Be Easier!! Learn to Respond with Self-Compassion

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I don’t know about you……however, 2017 is here and, as with all new years, isn’t it supposed to be different?  I find myself saying……where did the “Happy” go in “Happy New Year!!!!!!”  Do you????

I often have a feeling of somehow feeling a little let down in the first couple of weeks of January.  There is so much promise with the turning of the calendar and we can sometimes think this is all it takes.

I think we all know rationally that it takes more than the turning of a calendar date to make a change in our lives.  However, wouldn’t it be nice?

We are all facing many challenges…..this is part of the experience of being alive.  And here in Calgary, we continue to face many challenges associated with the oil and gas economy.

Try this if you are finding it difficult.  Many find that this practice can shift their wellbeing.

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3 Steps to Mindful Self-Compassion for Another

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To “be seen” has to be one of the greatest human needs.  Have you ever had the feeling of invisibility?

This story about the Zulu tribe in Southern Africa seems to acknowledge this need in a very simple and straight forward manner.  Apparently, when two people meet, the first will say “I am here”.  The other answers, “I see you”. 

Elisha Goldstein, a mindfulness teacher from LA and the author of “The Now Effect” suggests the following 3 step exercise. Add a comment

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