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When Your Commute Sucks, Make It a Joyride

While Ram Dass was absolutely right in cautioning that “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family,” you don’t need to leave town for this reality check.  You can get it every morning when you commute. Based on mine, I was probably adding 13 lifetimes to my tab every single day. […]

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Just Like Me

An Unhappy Ending Like so many others, I was deeply saddened by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’d been an admirer for much of my adult life, watching in amazement as he disappeared into each role, completely embodying his characters and making it look effortless, which it surely was not. His death was a […]

Ditch the Resolutions – Just Show Up

It’s January, and we all know what that means: resolution time.  With a January 5 birthday, I feel double the pressure to take stock and make detailed plans for the year. Like most Americans, by mid-February I’ve not only stopped following my resolutions, I’ve also completely forgotten what they even were. […]

Clearing your energy field

Your Energy Field Is a VIP Space: Be Your Own Bouncer

I wrote a few weeks ago about Bad Apples – those people who contage others with their negativity.  We’ve probably all been one at some time or another. Today’s post is about the other side: what you choose to take in. Lots of us unconsciously (or even consciously) take in lots of other people’s garbage […]

Progressive muscle relaxation: treat yourself to immediate relief

Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Treat Yourself to Immediate Relief

Note: This is the fourth post in a series on stress relief.  I recommend that you read the earlier posts for a strong foundation.  They cover the stress response from a physical, mental, and emotional perspective, the benefits and practice of diaphragmatic breathing, and our culture’s problem with stress pride. Feel Better Now Today, we’re […]

Diaphragmatic breathing for stress management

Every Breath You Take: The Deceptively Simple Power of Diaphragmatic Breathing

Note: This is the second post in a Stress Relief Series Welcome back!  If you didn’t read my last blog post, I recommend you go back there to get the foundation on how the stress response works.  For those who did, I hope you had a chance to monitor your own unique stress triggers and […]

How Not to Meditate: Lessons from a Vipassana

Intentions Aren’t Everything In response to a Facebook post asking about vipassana meditation retreats, my friend Sarah commented : “I think Mary Beth did one of these, right, MB?” Indeed I had. Vipassana is an ancient Indian meditation technique rediscovered by Buddha over 2500 years ago and globally popularized in the last century.  It means […]