Tag: Mindfulness

The right side of 40

  There’s no wrong side of 40. Regardless of your age you’re always on the right side the satisfying stage. The first side that you lived beneath a fine and frantic sun you had to run run run but face the fact my darling that side is gone, it flew. The other side is more, […]

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A fun day meditating on death

(Reposted from 2015) In which I eagerly and fearfully spend a whole day meditating on death. On purpose. For fun.   At last the event I had wanted and feared: a full day dedicated to contemplating my own mortality. It turned out to be quite jolly. To be precise, I was booked in for a […]

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Today is my favourite day

“What day is it?” asked Winnie the Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.  ~  A.A. Milne Do read Jill Weatherholt on “The Gift of Today” — the present. A short reflection on new year’s resolutions and the counterproductive urge to look ahead, push harder, achieve more, and live in the future. Winnie […]

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Waiting: it’s a hobby

The seminar would be late starting, because of a technological hitch.  The famous choreographer said, “I’m good at waiting. It’s my hobby.” This startling statement has stayed with me longer than any of his brilliant insights into dance. I decided to adopt this hobby myself. Since then every slow queue, every delayed airline, every lonesome minute in a cafe or […]

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Forgot why you went downstairs? Try audible mindfulness: talking to yourself

Talking to yourself has had a bad rap. I do it, you do it (don’t you?), pretty well everyone does it. We’re not crazy! Self-talk has many useful functions and many benefits. For example, your out-loud private talk can provide company, a pep talk, a safety valve, devil’s advocate, or coaching from your infallible cognitive behaviour therapist. Often we […]

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