Mindful Living

Joy is sustainable happiness

by Donna Torney on March 29, 2017 · 0 comments

Science tells us that practicing gratitude has many health benefits, like feeling less lonely and building a stronger immune system.  So why is it sometimes difficult for us to feel grateful?  Why do we sometimes have a hard time saying thank you, when one of the byproducts of gratitude is joy, a positive emotion that […]

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We love the idea of traveling for months (even years) on end.  What we don’t love as much though, is the craziness and imbalance that often accompany solo traveling, like exhaustion, and feeling homesick. You’re sitting in a beautiful city, a thousand miles away from home, and you’re second-guessing why you started this whole game […]

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What’s the Difference Between Ease and Easy?

by Donna Torney on February 8, 2017 · 0 comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word easy?  maybe a single-digit math problem, or a six-piece puzzle?  Perhaps a recipe with four ingredients. When it comes to the word ease, however, it’s not so simple to pull up a visual.  Ease is more of a feeling, more of a state of mind than […]

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Make Napping the New Black

by Donna Torney on January 13, 2017 · 0 comments

The other day I mentioned that I felt guilty after taking a nap.  Luckily I have some kind friends who answered with loving responses, encouraging me to rest.  If only our culture would do the same.  If only we were allowed, like bears, to turn off our metabolism, tuck in the kids, and wake up […]

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My daughter and I often joke about people (usually men) telling women to “smile more.” We make sarcastic jabs about this slimy suggestion camouflaged as sage advice. It’s our way of trying to laugh off the subtle sexism – of trying to feel tough. I’m not feeling so tough today. What do we tell our […]

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Let things be unfinished.  Stop folding the laundry and go to bed.  Leave the dishes and take a walk with a friend. One of the central tenets of the Japanese art of Wabi Sabi is that nothing is ever finished.    Think about this idea for a second or two….Isn’t that freeing?  It is a […]

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New seasons, new schedules, and too many details can very easily take us out of the here and now and into the unknown “there and someday.”  You know you are there if you are overusing these sentence stems:   “What if I can’t… What if we don’t…. and then what… how will we afford, what […]

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 There’s no way around it.  It’s difficult to be in the present moment if you don’t pay attention to your physical needs – including movement.  You and your child need not be a part of an organized team to enjoy moving your body. Studies show that physical exercise increases cognitive functioning, including improving memory and […]

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While you go about your Saturday chores, try scheduling in pleasant events.  We don’t think twice about putting the upcoming dentist appointment or routine car repair in our calendar, but we often leave pleasant events up to chance. Try this:  Today, go through your calendar and schedule in a pleasant event every day through the […]

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It goes like this, you miss your family all day while you’re at work, a long day, that includes an hour commute.  You come home, hungry, and wanting to get into something more comfy.  You enter, and one boy is watching video games, and another is grumpy about homework.  Hubby is trying his best but […]

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