Category: Mindfulness

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Cold: Wim Hof Method Week 2

There’s no way, I think to myself as I stare at the running water. I’m supposed to get into a cold shower and I can’t. I adjust the knob. The ice cold water is now moderately cold. I step in but stand far enough back that the water hits only my feet and shins. Goosebumps. I stand there, telling myself to be brave and that I can do...

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Deep Breathing and Cold Showers: The Wim Hof Method (Week 1)

This year, I’ve had a hard time following through on my monthly challenges and my once great habits are now not so stellar. In desperate need of a reboot, I went and bought a 10 week “mindfulness” program, and I just completed week one. The program is called the Wim Hof method and it incorporates deep breathing, stretching, meditation, and gradual exposure to the...

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A Lesson in Acceptance

“Jesus Murray why can’t you be normal!” I hissed. My neighbor had just popped by to drop something off, and Murray wouldn’t stop barking. A normal dog. What does that mean anyway? A dog that doesn’t bark incessantly when guests are in the house? Who doesn’t freak out every time I get ready to leave or shakes in terror when we...

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: 6 Months Later

6 months ago, I picked up a copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and decided to declutter my home. I spent two full months in full-on KonMari mode: discarding, recycling, donating, folding and organizing. It was hard work, but I was ecstatic with the end result. I loved looking around to see clean, empty spaces. It was easy to find...

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How to Get Out of a Rut: The Daily Practice & Why it Works

I’m in a rut. A void. A slump. Whatever. It sucks. My house is cluttered. My head is cluttered. I wrote a blog post last week that was so bad I had to delete it. This post is a day late. I can’t motivate myself to write, and when I do, I get distracted. I’m misplacing things. I somehow managed to lose a...

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The Odd Art of Thinking About What to Think About

My son was born last week. He is a delicious, healthy bundle of love, and we spend pretty much all of our time together. A good chunk of that time involves round the clock nursing. Think 30 minute sessions, 10-12 times per day, which translates into roughly 5-7 hours over a 24 hour period. That’s a lot of time to be sitting. I...