Mindful Moment: Weeding

Mindful Moment: Weeding

May 21, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

Much like other discomforts or inconveniences, weeds are an inevitable part of life.  If we rid the world completely of weeds, we would also sacrifice the abundance of the plants, flowers, and vegetables we so enjoy.  Throughout life, we sow seeds with the hope of experiencing the harvest.  We plant seeds literally and metaphorically.  Next, […]

Mindful Moment: The “other” way

March 13, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

Our brains like efficiency.  Anything that can be categorized or put into routine is preferred.  Think about how you cross your legs, drive to work, and sit in your favorite chair.  It’s probably the exact same thing each time. While consistency and routine can be comfortable, it is fertile ground for mindlessness.  There is nothing […]

Mindful Moment: Pause

February 25, 2017 | By Julie Luzarraga

What would it look like if we all paused for just one breath?  What if you paused before that snarky comment came out of your mouth; before you mindlessly cut someone off in traffic; before you sent that email?  Mindfulness teaches that when we pause we make better and more loving decisions. Our current culture, […]

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: 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: 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: 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 […]

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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