Writing Haiku Is My Stress Buster

I love haiku and though the form doesn’t have the same nuance or depth in English as it does in Japanese, I still strive to write the “perfect” haiku. It’s not that I expect to ever be a great poet. It’s that the energy I put into creating a haiku is so different from the (more…)

&$@#! I’m Broke! My Brain Bucks Account Is Overdrawn.

Running out of mental energy always seems to happen at the worst time; in the middle of a meeting, while trying to get that last “thing” done before the end of the day, in the middle of a family gathering. You’ve probably even had the experience where your neurologist told you to “pace yourself” or (more…)

Coloring Today (it’s not what you think)

Today our mindful suggestions focus on color. These three exercises can be alternated throughout the coming week. Connect The Colors Kermit the frog from Sesame Street sang a great song called Rainbow Connection. I can still see him sitting on a log in a bog or forested area with his frog-sized banjo singing his heart (more…)

Slow Down! Here Comes Some Wabi-Sabi.

Wabi-Sabi? What the heck is that?! If you’re not familiar with wabi sabi, it’s a traditional Japanese concept derived from two verbs; wabu and sabu. From a Buddhist perspective, it embodies the impermanence and imperfection of life. The Japanese take it one step further to see the beauty in the imperfection. Think of it as (more…)

Today I Am Grateful

Our mindfulness exercise for today is about gratitude. What are you grateful for in this moment and how does it make you feel? You can do this exercise anywhere. If you’re feeling frustrated it’s a great stress reliever. It might even make you smile. Step 1 – Think about something you are grateful for. Step (more…)

Mindful Listening? It’s Easier Than You Think

Our second mindfulness feature in our #MindfulMonday series is about listening. I’ll bet there have been times you felt like the person you were talking to was so busy thinking of their response they didn’t listen to what you were saying. Or you’ve been interrupted mid-sentence. Perhaps you noticed that someone was distracted while you (more…)