A Better Alternative to 2019 Resolutions

As you ponder your obligatory 2019 “New Year Resolutions,” consider a helpful alternative from Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week. In his latest newsletter, Ferriss advises readers to  embrace a “past year review,” or “PYR,” instead, which he asserts is “more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions.” Here’s […]

Catch a Mindful Train

One of my core values is becoming more self-aware and joyful through ongoing mindfulness practices, In a wonderful book called Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan offers the “Siberian North Railroad,” or “SBNRR,” approach as a way to respond to emotional triggers (i.e., people or situations that make us really angry, frustrated, scared, or stressed) in […]

Walking Toward Possibilities

I’m back in the routine of taking early morning walks. They’re not very long, but they don’t need to be. They’re usually technology-free; just me, walking outside and looking around and trying to practice mindfulness activities such as focusing on my breathing and paying attention to what’s happening in the moment. Sometimes I get new […]

Fixing a Hole

I was driving my daughter to Nashville yesterday when that familiar Beatles’ song “Fixing a Hole” came on the radio: “I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in/And stops my mind from wandering/Where it will go…” Immediately, I started thinking about what “rain” might represent, and how such “rain” gets inside of our heads […]

Sustainable Happiness

Zappos founder Tony Hsieh has a cool approach toward creating a work culture of sustainable happiness. His approach examines three forms of happiness: 1. Pleasure 2. Passion, or “flow” 3. Higher purpose, or values Hsieh advises that pleasure is the rarest form of happiness, and should be acknowledged and appreciated when it occurs–but its pursuit […]

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