Anxiety & coping in the world of 2024

Anxiety & coping in the world of 2024

June 25, 2024 | By Amanda Cramer

For so many people, the last decade has had many stressors. The global pandemic alone has been traumatic for many of us. Extreme weather events – the Nebraska floods in 2019, the tornados, the straight-line wind storms, the seemingly increasing hail, and the excessive cold in the winter – these, too, could be considered traumatic […]

Mindful Moment: Surrender

February 20, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

In many of the practices we embrace at Omaha Integrative Care there is a delicate balance between will and surrender, between change and acceptance.  The complementary therapies show us that by changing our behaviors, the way we think and even the way we eat can have profound impacts on our emotional and physical health. Yet, […]

Mindful Moment: Spaces between

February 13, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

Have you ever noticed that every once in awhile there is a lull in group conversation?  Even though there may be multiple conversations going on and lots of people chattering, it suddenly gets quiet.  Some people call this the 7 minute lull.  It may even feel awkward and usually someone will chuckle and say aloud “there’s the […]

Mindful Moment: Being ‘okay’

February 05, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

We tend to focus on extremes.  Life is either good or bad; sad or happy.  We are productive or lazy; succeeding or failing.   Our brains naturally gravitate towards this way of simplifying things.  Putting things, people, and experiences into buckets may be efficient, but it does not allow for the in-between.  And the in-between is […]

Mindful Moment: Slow down

January 23, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

We live in a fast-paced world with unrealistic expectations.  We expect to get things done faster and better than is actually possible.  How many times do you set unrealistic goals for the day or the week; failing to consider what is humanly possible to accomplish in a 24-hour period of time. There are lots of […]

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: 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: 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: We’ll see . . .

October 17, 2016 | By Julie Luzarraga

  There is a lovely Zen Buddhist story about a farmer’s response to the ups and downs of life.  The story starts with the farmer benefiting from good weather which led to good crops.  His friends pat him on the back and say, “what luck” and “how wonderful.”  His response is simply, “we’ll see.”  The […]

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