Mindful Moments

Mindful Moment: Being uncomfortable

January 15, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

We are all uncomfortable at some points throughout our days and our lives.  Without experiencing being uncomfortable, we would not know what it is to be comfortable.  Think about having a cramp in your leg.  Most likely, you stretch your leg out, roll the ankle and work out that cramp.  The stretch feels so good […]

Mindful Moment: Life’s Subtleties

January 08, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

It’s easy to get caught up in the largeness of life.   Despite the trend toward tiny houses and minute electronic devices, we continue to be overwhelmed by large things.  The volume is loud, the colors are bright, and even our goals and dreams become overwhelming.  We want things quickly and with as little discomfort as […]

Mindful Moment: Intentions Before Resolutions

January 02, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

We all do it.  Every December, post-holiday indulging, we set goals.  Next year I will lose weight, be less judgmental, fill in the blank.  And we think to ourselves, “somehow, this year will be different.” While goals are important, we have to remember that they are the end result and the most meaningful moment is […]

Mindful Moment: Do You Hear What I Hear?

December 18, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

How often are we not listening?  It’s easy to ignore the information and gifts our senses pick up because we tend to constantly be on our way to somewhere else.  We miss what is around us in the present moment. The Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” begins with a message that is carried […]

Mindful Moment: Wrapping Gifts

December 12, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

My sister is one of the most thoughtful people I know.  She may not realize it, but she practices mindfulness regularly.  She is thoughtful in choosing her words, noticing others’ responses, and being present in her relationships in general.  This time of year, I most admire her mindfulness to wrapping gifts.  When she gives, whether […]

Mindful Moment: Silence

December 04, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

“Silence is like a cradle holding our endeavors and our will; a silent spaciousness sustains us in our work and at the same time connects us to larger worlds that, in the busyness of our daily struggle to achieve, we have not yet investigated. Silence is the soul’s break for freedom.”   David Whyte Some ecologists, […]

Mindful Moment: Everyday Gratitude

November 21, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

  This week many of us are preparing to give thanks with family and friends.  In the unofficial start of the holiday season we begin baking, planning, and gathering with family and friends.  There is something warm and lovely about the buzz of sharing our homes, gift-giving, and cooking for those we love.  Could we […]

Mindful Moment: Fear and the Election

November 06, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

Recently the American Psychological Association found that 52% of adults report high levels of stress related to the election.  Many of us, regardless of political leanings, feel this pervasive sense of anxiety and even fear.  We fear the anger and divisiveness we see amongst ourselves.   The unknown also creates anxiety.  We don’t know what it […]

Mindful Moment: Just one moment

October 30, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

Everywhere you look there are 5 ways to accomplish something.  5 ways to be happier.  5 ways to be thinner, smarter, more conversational.  Like most people, I am a sucker for these.  I am a life-learner and I am always out to better myself.  Yet, I have found that all of the lists, tricks and […]

Mindful Moment: Experience Fall

October 23, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

Each season highlights how there are differences in each moment.  The breeze in autumn feels different than a spring breeze.  The air smells more earthy than it smells in summer.  The days get shorter and the sun shines on the colors in the trees in a special way.  Somehow, we know when it feels like fall […]

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