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Character Strengths

Building A More Mindful Society

Mindfulness retreats with world renowned meditation expert and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (referred to as “Thay,” which is Vietnamese for “teacher”) always include a question and answer session. Participants are invited to pose a question to the wise teacher to get his advice and guidance. Typically,...
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Books

Mindful Parenting for Fidgety Skeptics?


The cat is still extremely skeptical.
The first time I heard about mindfulness and meditation, I thought it was BS. I thought it was for people who didn't have their sh*t together. I was super type-A and I didn't need that hippie baloney.

And then I had kids. And everything changed.

It took me longer than I'd like to admit to stop being Little Miss JudgyPants and start integrating mindfulness into my daily life. Needless to...
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Meditation

How I Taught My Kids to Meditate

My daughters have abandoned their meditation cushions, so the kitty moved in.

In my last post, I wrote about why I started teaching my kids to meditate. In this post, I’ll share how I taught them, and what I did when they lost interest.

I want to start out by saying that I don’t think formal meditation is the best way to teach mindfulness to young children....
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General

Hanna Rosin Dissed Mindful Parenting Because She Doesn’t Understand It

Look how cute they are! You'd never know they were plotting against

As I have written before, I am pretty ambivalent about the current mindfulness bandwagon. On the one hand, I am so grateful that a scientifically supported, ancient wisdom is finally making its way into the popular media and American consciousness. On the other hand, I’m afraid it’s going to get lost in a sea of kale and...
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Neural Tribe Doctrine

Context: please, if you haven't yet, read my post Neural Tribe (an Introduction to the Meme) to get a better sense of where I am coming from with all of this.

Neuron Doctrine

We've known that any given organism is composed of individual cells as far back as 1839 when Theodore Schwann proposed so.  It took about 50 years (until 1888) to extend this notion to the nervous system.  Santiago Ramon y Cajal was first to seriously posit that nervous system consists of discrete (stand-alone) individual...
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