Three Jewels of Mindful Parenting

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” ~ C. Everett Koop Parenting is one of the toughest jobs you’ll ever love. If you have kids, you know what I mean. If you don’t, go out on a limb and trust me. We have three kids — ages 9, 7 and 3 years. Two boys — on the bookends — and a girl. Each with their own personality and at-the-moment passion. Each... Read More

Remember: It’s Only Temporary

Our youngest child, a boy, is smack-dab in the middle of his Terrible Twos. Over the past month or so, he has come into his own quite nicely in this regard. Why is it that the third child is so unlike the first two? Granted, there are four years in-between he and his sister (our middle child) and time has that unique way of helping you forget life’s day-to-day memories, but my goodness, I NEVER remember the other two being like this. He oscillates... Read More

Life Lessons From Two Days of Silence and Stillness

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves” ~ Jack Kornfield When was the last time you went two full days without saying a thing? Without the distractions of phones, computers, media, work or anything else that bogs you and your mind down? When was the last time you let the inner stillness that this silence brings penetrate the core of who you really are? Last weekend, I... Read More

Leave No Trace: At Work Edition

[Editor's Note: This is a new series dedicated to sharing practical know-how for treading a bit lighter and lessening our environmental footprint in very every day kinds of places. New 'editions' will appear from time to time. Enjoy.] Fellow hikers, backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts should be familiar with the Leave No Trace ethic. It’s a platform for learning (and practicing!) ways to leave as little an impact on Nature as possible... Read More

16 Simple Ways to Practice Mindful Consumption in a Hyper-Consumer World

“Mindful consumption is the way to heal ourselves and to heal the world.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh For some time now, I’ve been talking about mindful consumption as a pathway for living deeply and restoring our balance with the natural world. But practically speaking, where do you start? What do you do? How do practice something that sounds great in concept but challenging in execution. In retrospect, while I didn’t have the words... Read More

Accepting the Moment (Or How to Ride Those Waves Like a Pro)

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn These past weeks have been challenging. At times, down right exhausting — both in body and spirit. A new role at work finds me taking on more, spending most days in meetings navigating through politics, egos and an unyielding charge to work minor miracles. Bookend that with a commute that can find me in the car for nearly four hours a day. And at the end of... Read More

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