The Butterfly Effect: Mindfulness and Our Role In a Bigger Picture

Feeling insignificant?  Powerless?  We all do from time to time, especially when situations large or small seem to be spiraling out of our control.  Our inability to make things the way we want right now, or the helplessness we feel when reading about current events can make us feel like specks of dust being tossed…

Tricks to Enhance Your Mindful Walk: Identifying and Naming

Ah, language.  Isn’t it great?  Through speech and through writing we convey complex messages for infinite purposes.  Words help us inform, comfort, instruct, warn, entertain, question, and commiserate.  But first and foremost, it is through language that we label and name. Classification:  /klasəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ noun.  The action or process of classifying something according to shared qualities…

Progressing Mindfully: Going the Extra Mile

I love to walk in the morning.  There is nothing more invigorating than a burst of fresh outdoor air to oxygenate the brain.  Add the surge in adrenaline and endorphins (and with luck, a nice sunrise), and I am ready to take on the day.  Usually, time permitting, I complete one or two miles.  It’s…

Lucky or Unlucky? Decide for Yourself

Feeling lucky today?  If so, why?  If not, why?  Believe it or not, your current situation or circumstances don’t matter.  It is your perception that determines whether or not you are fortunate, charmed, blessed, or indeed lucky.  This idea became crystal clear to me the other day when a seemingly unfortunate experience left me counting…

Osmosis

Osmosis… According to Merriam-Webster, osmosis is defined as, “a process of absorption or diffusion” or the less sciency definition, “a usually effortless, often unconscious assimilation.” It’s a sciency term most often used to describe the way tangible substances combine with and absorb one another. As a school librarian, I’ve often heard the phrase “learn by…

Walking the Walk

So here I am, back to the blog after a full calendar year, ready to reflect on the wonder of walking wordlessly a while for wellness, without wasting energy worrying about WordPress work (Ha!). I have always loved language.  Reading and writing have been passions of mine for as long as I can remember, enabling…

Tech Addiction and Digital Well-being

The other day we finally had a glimpse of beautiful, spring weather.  I literally pried the Xbox remotes from my sons’ hands and shoved my boys through the front door to go play with their neighborhood friends outside.  In addition to recognizing their dire need for a dose of vitamin D, my concern about their…

Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes From Inspirational Folks, by Gavin Aung Than

As any teacher can attest, it is often infinitely easier to manage and “teach” our students than it is to teach our family and friends.  In my home, this is no exception. I have not-so-inconspicuously left books about mindfulness around my house so that my clan might pick them up and instantaneously become enlightened, and…

Let It Go…

Mindfulness is about paying attention.  Sometimes, however, when I think about mindfulness I sometimes get caught up in thinking about about it as a state of being that has to be grasped or “attained.”  Even though the practices of meditation and mindfulness require practice, what I need to remember is that the mental, emotional, spiritual,…