Everyday Blessings by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

I borrowed this book from my friend Melanie ages ago (about three years ago, I think). I started it right away after I borrowed it, and while I appreciated the Kabat-Zinns’ perspective, the book didn’t really hold my interest. I’d been through those difficult early years with my kids, and while the suggestions were good,Continue reading “Everyday Blessings by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn”

Coming to Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn

I gave this one the old college try, but it’s just not working for me. I actually think it’s a fine book with some really insightful gems, like the excellent and succinct description of Buddhism in the “Dharma” chapter and this passage about individual experience: “Since awareness at first blush seems to be a subjectiveContinue reading “Coming to Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn”

The Elusive Middle Way

It occurred to me recently that I like extremes. I go to extremes a lot with my diet. The strict elimination diet I did when my daughter was two-and-a-half is one example. No gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, beans, chocolate, alcohol, or sugar of any kind (including grapes). You are right to wonder what IContinue reading “The Elusive Middle Way”

What Next?

Saturday marked the end of my self-guided 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living). After eight weeks, daily mindfulness practice has pretty much become a habit for me. I’m making a shift to a vegan diet (this is not part of the program but since starting the mindfulness practice myContinue reading “What Next?”

An Uncomfortable Silence

Today is the last day of Week 7 of my self-guided Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living). This was the week when I didn’t use any of the recordings for my yoga or meditation. While I made it through the week, I found meditating in silence to be very challenging.Continue reading “An Uncomfortable Silence”

Week 3: Still Sitting

I was going to say I was “still standing,” but since I’ve not tried walking meditation yet, most of my Bold Plan involves sitting or lying down. Or doing yoga, which I very gratefully added this week. I had no idea how much my body needed to stretch until I started doing it! Here’s whatContinue reading “Week 3: Still Sitting”

The Mindful Path to Perfection: You’re Already There

“In moments of stillness you come to realize that you are already whole, already complete in your being…” -Jon Kabat-Zinn I have a tendency to dwell a lot on perfection. I have something of a conviction that things would be easier if I were flawless. Even when I run through the logical extremes of thisContinue reading “The Mindful Path to Perfection: You’re Already There”

Mindfulness Meditation, Week 1 of 8: Done

As of this morning, I have officially completed Week 1 of my 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation. Because part of the practice is avoiding judgments (positive or negative) about the meditation experience itself, I’m going to do my best to stick to what I’ve observed. I have meditated every day this week. Some mornings IContinue reading “Mindfulness Meditation, Week 1 of 8: Done”

Mindfulness and Social Media: Reflections on the First Three Days of My Bold Plan

In Full Catastrophe Living, my guidebook on this solo tour through eight weeks of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,┬áJon Kabat-Zinn writes about being in the moment observing a sunset and then turning to a friend to comment about the sunset. In speaking, you disturb the direct experiencing of that moment. You have been drawn away from theContinue reading “Mindfulness and Social Media: Reflections on the First Three Days of My Bold Plan”

My Bold Plan for 2012

Like many, I feel the urge to make resolutions at the start of the new year, but I don’t like resolutions because I never keep them. Therefore, I’m making a Bold Plan instead. A Bold Plan sounds more important, anyway. The core of the plan is completing an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program on myContinue reading “My Bold Plan for 2012”