I Vow Not to Burn Out – Lion’s Roar

When I get desperate, which is pretty often, I ask myself how to not be overwhelmed by despair or cynicism. For my own sake, for my family, and for my sangha, I need to vow to not burn out. And I ask others to vow similarly so they’ll be around when I need them for support. In fact, I’ve formulated a “Great Vow for Mindful … Continue reading I Vow Not to Burn Out – Lion’s Roar

Marconi Union – Weightless (Official Video) – YouTube

Happy New Year Everyone!!!   Thank you for sticking with me for this blog and podcast, it’s been a great year of meeting awesome.  So awesome in fact, that they *made* me bring back my podcast just so I could ask them questions about whatever cool thing they have done in the past, what they are currently working on or projects they are trying to … Continue reading Marconi Union – Weightless (Official Video) – YouTube

SAVE: Suicide Prevention, Information, and Awareness

On the site linked at the end of this post, you will find out how to help a loved one you suspect might be at risk or find support in your time of grief. “Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment.” (NAMI) But “80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication.” (TADS study) https://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/Continue reading SAVE: Suicide Prevention, Information, and Awareness

Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

…according to the World Health Organization and How we can help change the course. Listen to the podcast and then click on the links for information on how to get involved. Save.org: Facts about Suicide in the US World Health Organization: Facts About Depression National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Suicide Statistics Transcript: Greetings, this is Elle Madelyn with Alert Aware Mindful and this is … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

MBSR Guided Audio & Video Exercises – UC San Diego Health

There are many exercise ranging from 6-45 minutes. Also, located on this site is a link to guided Yoga audio and video. There are modifications available for those with medical issues such as Gentle Hatha chair yoga. They are easily downloadable, so check it out and try meditating for at least 15 minutes a day and you will see the benefits.   Source: MBSR Guided … Continue reading MBSR Guided Audio & Video Exercises – UC San Diego Health

A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

“The Huffington Post recently interviewed a nun and a monk at Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village monastery in France, to ask what advice they would give to activists who want to take action during Trump’s presidency.

Sister Peace, who previously worked in the office of the mayor of Washington, says action must be inspired by a deep-rooted sense of love.

“If we can be strong in ourselves, then we could offer a resistance that is nonviolent,” she said. “But that means that we ourselves are at a place where we can have that recognition and we can offer that to another. And that is a great, great source of love and having the other feel they’re being recognized and listened to and embraced.”

She says that those who are passionate about taking action should learn from the nonviolent approach of the civil rights movement.

Referring to the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during which marchers remained passive despite being chased and beaten, she said: “They were taught how to be quiet, how to be still, how not to resist and fight back no matter what happened.” Continue reading A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

Exercises in Grounding from The Art of Healing Trauma (Through Healing Exercises, Stories, and Research) Blog

“Briefly, the basic principle is: Holding your breath, shortness of breath, constrained and tense breath, rapid breath = survival, fight/flight/freeze, activation of the nervous system, stress. Natural, full, diaphragmatic breaths = opening up to life beyond survival, opening up to calmness, regulation of the nervous system, bringing about physical relaxation, improving health, being able to think. For PTSD specifically, conscious breathing seems to act as … Continue reading Exercises in Grounding from The Art of Healing Trauma (Through Healing Exercises, Stories, and Research) Blog