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Present Moment Awareness

Practicing Presence at the Holidays

Stephan Bodian | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephan Bodian

As the old adage goes, if you think you're enlightened, go home to mom and dad and the rest of the family and see what happens. If you haven't completely released the grip of the past, it will surely come back to haunt you now.

Mindfully Remembering That the Present Moment Is All We Have

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

Someday, for each of us, there will be no tomorrow. At that moment, we will have proved, completely and without any doubt, that all we have is the present moment. The trick is getting to that realization well before we take our final breath.

Are You Ready to Open Up to Trust, Happiness and Joy?

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

Mindfulness is conscious awareness of what you are feeling and experiencing in the present moment. But there is more. To get to joy it's not enough to just be aware of the present. To get to joy you have to trust that the present moment is exactly where you belong.

How To Live A Life That Really Matters

Paul Singer | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Paul Singer

As I look at myself today, I see a man with different priorities than I had as a young parent. The things that I once thought mattered, no longer matter to me, as my materialistic desires seem to have faded away... except that I want the best, state-of-the-art golf clubs. My priorities have changed significantly.

Thanksgiving: Is It Only One Day a Year?

Donna Labermeier | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

When you focus on making the present a joyful and loving experience, you don't dwell on the past or worry about the future anymore. Honoring the present moment with appreciation and value allows everything else to take care of itself.

Sept. 11 Reminds Us That Our Life Is Right Now

Penny Love | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Penny Love

If there is a thimbleful of good that came out of the truckload of devastation from Sept. 11, not that it would be worth it in any way, we all did snap out of our zombie mode and realized, even if only briefly, that our life is right now. And that's what I want to say today.

Not Looking Ahead Is Harder Than I Thought

Ari Andersen | Posted 10.19.2013 | Travel
Ari Andersen

What I envy most about the rest of the animal kingdom is their ability to live completely in the present.

5 Ways To Slow Down And Just 'Be'

Omega Institute | Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

In today's culture we're defined by what we do and how productive we are. Stripped of this we can feel lost and purposeless. We've become human doings instead of human beings. Regaining our joy and purpose in life requires a new relationship with time.

Is Your Timepiece 'Keeping' You? A Mindfulness Practice for Transcending Time

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Now is all you really have -- don't squander it by trying to keep up with something that really doesn't exist.

Why My Success Is Exactly the Same as Yours

Cindie Chavez | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Cindie Chavez

It's true, I definitely want success as much as the next gal. Aw yeah, baby! Great success! And you want it, too, don't you?

Double-parked School Buses, Acceptance and Me

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

Since my cancer experience, I've started practicing mindfulness, awareness and acceptance. But, they don't call it a practice for nothing, and I still can't conjure up serenity at the drop of a hat.

In Vienna, Meditating on Lemon Meringue

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

After the final bite, I was aware of having fully enjoyed the experience of that lemon meringue pie. And then I realized that being fully in an experience facilitates letting the experience pass into the realm of memory without nostalgia or regret, or planning for "just one more."

How To Stop Feeling Rushed

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

How do you feel when you're rushing? Perhaps there's a bit of positive excitement, but if you're like me, there's mostly, if not entirely, a sense of tension, discomfort, and anxiety. This kind of stress isn't pleasant for the mind, and over time it's really bad for the body.

The Best Definition of Success

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

We are all incredibly busy. But, Emerson's quote reminds me that "busyness" alone will never bring us the success of which he speaks. In fact, I'm starting to understand that a life based solely on "busyness" risks the opposite of success.

Relaxation Games

Jon Wortmann | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

We can't always sit still or slow our minds down enough to enjoy meditation. What we can do is turn relaxation into a playful way of being. Over time, the more we learn to be present and love where we are, making room for just sitting begins to happen naturally.

8 Reasons Why 'Being Present' Is A Good Idea

Pragito Dove | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

The key here is that we approach this practice with gentleness and kindness. Each time we recognize thinking and come back into the present moment, we are planting a seed of awareness. We are creating a new habit -- a new way of being in the world.

Enjoy Now

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The present moment is continually passing away, so if you try to hold onto it in any way -- such as by remembering it or forming ideas about it -- you are no longer in the present. Therefore, relax. Open to this moment. Not planning, not worrying, not lost in thought.

Can Our Connections Last If We Multitask and Move Too Fast?

Andrea Wachter | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

Can we find a middle ground here? Maybe not so far back as kicking tumbleweed down Main Street, but at least spending some quality time with the people in our lives and putting down our devices sometimes so we can be present with others and ourselves?

What Is Non-Judgmental Awareness, Anyway?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

The key here is to bring awareness and intentionality to the moments of our lives. Be aware when the brain is automatically judging a situation or a person, and we can pause and get some perspective.

How to 'Be' in the Moment

Ora Nadrich | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

When we meditate, we try to connect to that inner peace and serenity that transcends thought. For me, it's a type of stillness that feels like I am completely connected to timelessness, and that there is no beginning or end, it just "is." But why does that feeling have to be so temporary or elusive?

Reclaim Your Food Bliss

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Let's close Stress Awareness Month by reclaiming our food bliss -- and therefore our health. It's clear that we must intentionally defend ourselves from the unhealthy choices that surround us in order to find peace and satisfaction.

Four Years Later: Life is Surreal

Indie Lee | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Indie Lee

I encourage you all to stop, really stop and take stock. Make sure you are living with passion and passionately living. Surround yourself with people that raise you up, that fill your life, heart and soul with passion.

How Forward Folds Taught Me To Be A Better Listener

Leigh Weingus | Posted 06.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weingus

My yoga guides had always told me not to push or force anything, but I always tuned their words out. Even worse, I had been tuning myself out. Deep down I knew the pain I was experiencing wasn't a good thing, but I was letting what I thought to be right override what I felt to be true.

This One Thing Is Getting In The Way Of Your Happiness

David Wygant | Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wygant

It's time to become more present. Love your life, love who you are, accept yourself for what you are. And you'll be there right now. You won't be looking at the perpetual treadmill of "eventually"s.

Little Tips For Practicing Mindfulness On Busy Days

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

Mindfulness and meditation allow full-body, full-mind and full-spirit experiences. An hour a day or a minute a day -- it and you can improve the world, one connected thought at a time.