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Archives for January, 2014

Mindfulness

The Cover of Time and The Reality of Mindfulness


I finally got my hands on the latest edition of TIME Magazine--the one with the serene, skinny, white, blonde woman soaking up rays or meditating or whatever she is doing on the cover.

The article on mindfulness by Kate Pickert was good if not surprising; it included a general overview of mindfulness, a bit of history about Jon Kabat-Zinn and the development of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and a summary of the...
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Guest Post

The Art of a Mindful Mama Morning Routine

I'm so pleased to have Shawn Fink of Abundant Mama on the blog today! For the longest time,  from the moment I woke up, my brain started spinning, turning, flipping, and flopping about what needed to be done.

It wanted to think. It wanted to wander. It wanted to wonder.

It did not want to be quiet. It did not want to focus. It does not want to be still.

As a devout early riser, my automatic setting used...
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Mindfulness

Mindful Parenting on Slate’s Parenting Podcast!


In case you haven't come across it, Slate has a new parenting podcast called Mom and Dad are Fighting, and it's great. It's smart and funny and honest. (Hey, any parenting podcast that starts out with a warning about explicit language works for me.)

In the wake of Hanna Rosin's article and my response, Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois (the hosts of the podcast) asked me to talk about mindful parenting, and...
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Guest Post

Logan Shares Her Thoughts on Hanna Rosin’s Double X Post

On January 5, I ran a guest post by my friend Logan Ritchie about how she responded when her son punched a friend. Yesterday, Hanna Rosin wrote a piece about mindful parenting for Slate's Double X blog, in which she offered her thoughts about Logan's post. I posted my response last night, and now I'd like to give Logan a chance to share her thoughts.

Hanna Rosin’s article on Double X...
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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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Guest Post

Mindfulness and Misconceptions: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post

I'm so pleased to have Sarah Rudell Beach, author of Left Brain Buddha, back on the blog. In this post, she clears up some common misconceptions about mindfulness. (You can read my interview with Sarah here. “I had no idea you were so into mindfulness!” A friend said this to me when I started my blog about mindful living and parenting.

I wondered, Why? Don’t I look like someone who is into mindfulness?

Is it...
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Guest Post

Reconciliation: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post


In my third guest post, Holly Redding Cooper shares her thoughts on reconciliation, forgiveness, and parenting. 

My oldest son will soon participate in the Holy Sacrament of Reconciliation. It seems like a lofty one for a seven year old and one that I never really understood or valued in my own spiritual life as a Catholic. But as I listened to the teachings that prepared him, it spoke volumes to me as both a parent and...
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