Space Camp (Part I of II): Mindfully Embracing an Opportunity

The 9th of July had arrived.  My sons and I had just returned to New York from a trip to Florida, and here I was, back at the airport with two jittery students on the beginning of our journey to Huntsville, Alabama for a week of Space Camp.  The first thought that ran through my…

Mindful Flight

Are you travelling this summer?  Jetting off to some exotic locale, or maybe just visiting family and friends?  Whatever you are doing, if there is flying involved, chances are your thoughts and emotions about the trip run the gamut.  When I talk to people in my circuit about the anticipation of the experience there is…

Beating Tech Overload

I was watching my children “watching” television the other day.  The cacophony was ridiculous.  The show was blasting and each of my two sons were simultaneously watching sports videos on their phones.  This was the complete and utter opposite of mindfulness.  Ugh…  Try as I do to make my sons unplug, all too often the…

Grief and Mindfulness

The untimely death of a colleague, followed by that of a student a few days later, have been the source of profound suffering in my school district this week.  This has led me to ponder the connection, if any, between grief and mindfulness. Mindfulness for me has always been associated with acceptance; acceptance of what…

Fika: A Most Mindful Coffee Break

I’ve read and written about the Danish concept of Hugge, a term for which there is no, direct English equivalent, but which translates loosely to coziness, the joy of time with friends, and gratitude for the simple things.  Tapping into my inner Scandinavian, (I’m not really Scandanavian, at least not to my knowledge!) I have…

An Attitude of Gratitude

I have been reading and researching extensively about mindfulness (Clearly, “Mindful Librarian”).  It’s everywhere!  Although this is heartening on one level, it concerns me as well. We are not purely individual.  We are all energetically connected.  I feel that the spread of mindfulness, in the way it has been practiced by masters of old, has…

The Wheel of the Year

Tomorrow begins our Memorial Day holiday weekend, so my colleagues and I thought it a good time to sit down and go over our calendar for the rest of the year.  I nearly fell out of my seat!  Three more weeks of classes??  There is still so much for us to do.  (Let’s not even…

Mindful Reading

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to mindful reading.  Since reading fiction is a transportive experience, can this even be done?  Books take us to faraway lands and different time periods.  It would seem that this is sort of the opposite of “mindfulness,” for which you need to be fully in the moment….

Walking Mindfully

Before I discovered mindfulness, I described myself as an “avid hiker.”  I have always been keenly aware of the restorative power of nature, and “hiking” also served as exercise. Win, win!  I have gone so far as to say that a beautiful nature trail on a sunny day (particularly in autumn) was like my “church.”…

Discovering Hygge in Montauk

Here it is.  This may be the word that changes everything for me.  The word “mindfulness” seemed to work and attracted a lot of attention but the thing I have been grappling for has a different name.  And that name is hygge.  There is no exact, English equivalent to the Danish term.  “Cozy” comes close…