Help others when they need help

Day 210 of #LiveWell2017 Day 5 of practicing Elementary School Rules... help others when they need help. The other day I mentioned a study about toddlers who automatically showed kindness when someone was in need. In that study, the toddlers, without prompting, did things like pick up a clothespin that someone else dropped, but they … Continue reading Help others when they need help

That ol’ Golden Rule…

Day 209 of #LiveWell2017 Day 4 of mindfully practicing Elementary School Rules...When I was growing up, we learned the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Translated into elementary school lingo, it goes: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Think about that for a moment. How … Continue reading That ol’ Golden Rule…

Don’t hurt others on the inside or the outside

Day 208 of #LiveWell2017 Day 3 of practicing Elementary School Rules. This is an elementary school rule that touches my heart, but it's pretty broad and encompassing. There are a lot of lessons that can be squeezed out of this simple phrase, like what does it mean to hurt someone on the inside? How can … Continue reading Don’t hurt others on the inside or the outside

Stay alert #mindfulness

Day 197 of #LiveWell2017 I've  spent a lot of time in the woods and watching wildlife. Each species and every individual has its own definition of personal space. I've seen great blue herons fly away when I was still 500 yards away from them, but alligators that stayed put when I walked right by their … Continue reading Stay alert #mindfulness

May #LiveWell2017 recap

Day 151 of #LiveWell2017 This has been a roller coaster of a month and a test of my mindfulness practice in a lot of ways. There have been moments of great joy and great sorrow, all a part of this messy, beautiful life we live. The sunny, spring weather has made hiking and biking more frequent … Continue reading May #LiveWell2017 recap

Lose the phone

Day 142 of #LiveWell2017 I'm slowly working my way through Nancy Colier's book, The Power of Off. The first part of the book emphasizes our relationship with (i.e. our addiction to) technology and the second part lays out how that affects our relationships with others. So many of her examples could well be lifted right from the … Continue reading Lose the phone

The light of awareness

Day 138 of #LiveWell2017 Mindfulness is the light of awareness... How many times have you been doing something and suddenly realized you were done, but had not been aware of the act of doing it? It's easy to do things on auto-pilot - washing dishes, brushing teeth, driving home from work. We are doing the … Continue reading The light of awareness