Tasting Mindfulness

Curiosity Yoga

I am grateful for the opportunity to co-create with my amazing colleagues. Since starting a mindfulness movement at the company where I work, I’ve met so many super people. There’s a growing sense of community and our collective power to shape change feels very real. I am so fortunate to be co-leading a weekly Stress Less series of 15-minute virtual mindful sessions with a lovely woman named Kat. She recently shared the lovely poem below with me. It is definitely abundant deliciousness!

Tasting Mindfulness

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Have you ever had the experience of stopping so completely,

of being in your body so completely,

of being in your life so completely,

that what you knew and what you didn’t know,

that what had been and what was yet to come,

and the way things are right now,

no longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord,

a moment of complete presence beyond striving,

beyond mere acceptance,

beyond the desire to escape or fix anything or plunge ahead,

a moment of pure being,

no longer in time,

a moment of pure seeing, pure feeling,

a moment in which life simply is,

and that is-ness grabs you by all your senses,

all your memories, by your very genes, by your loves,

and welcomes you home, that is a taste of mindfulness.

* I took this photo while relaxing from my hotel balcony at Hotel Bellavista in Massa Lubrense, on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, June 2015.

Our Next Step

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“The door way to our next step of growth is always behind the urgency of now. When feeling like I can’t sit still, I need, more than ever, to sit still. When feeling like I will die if I don’t have your approval, I need, more than ever, to die to my need for your approval. What we need is always harshly and beautifully right before us, disguised in the wrapping of our nearest urgency.” ~Mark Nepo

I’m grateful for all of the amazing people in my life who invite me to be present with them in the now…for those who, just for a moment, pause and tune in to the opportunity of the moment. I find such grace and possibility there.

* I took this photo on the Isle of Capri at Vila San Michele

10 Life Lessons From 10 Years of Running

Vicki Flaherty:

Eric’s post reminds me of some of the reasons that I run, and that have kept me going for more years than I care to admit. What do you do to honor your body and health and invite the world into your heart?

Originally posted on Give Our Time:

“If we are facing in the right direction,
all we have to do is keep on walking.” –Buddhist Saying

Ten years ago, this month, I took a big step forward. I started running.

4571439123_da5b074e26Not fast. Not competitive. Just for my health. And in those 10 years, I’ve learned a little about running. And a lot about life.

  1. Ignore the doubters … When I first started running, I mentioned it to a friend with a big belly. He told me that my knees would fall off. Ten years later my knees haven’t fallen off. But his belly is even bigger. When your doctor, good science, and common sense all say that something is good for you, do it. And politely ignore those who tell you otherwise.
    … but listen to those who know. Continually educate yourself. Learn about running. Learn about nutrition. Learn about finance. Learn about world affairs. Keep learning. Educate yourself. Every day. And talk to people…

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Celebrate, Relax, Indulge – Vacation Intentions Fulfilled

This year before Jim and I left on our 2-week vacation to Europe, I set intentions for what I wanted for the trip. I picked

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And with little hard work and lots of determination, that’s exactly what we did on our Italy/Finland (even a short day trip to Estonia).

Celebrating: 24 years of marriage, loving family, rich friendships, the exciting things going at work related to mindfulness and leadership – in a nutshell, this abundantly delicious life.

Marina Grande, Capri at sunset

Marina Grande, Capri at sunset

Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki

Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki

Relaxing: think a day at the beach here, a day lounging poolside with a view of the sea there; wandering through lovely little towns and big cities taking in all that’s so different from home, finding the perfect piazza or square for tasty brew and a big dose of people watching, watching the sunset from hotel patio with a bottle of Italian wine, olives, cheese, bread…

Marina di Praia, beach in Praiano

Marina di Praia, beach in Praiano

Tallinn Eastonia from Toompea (Upper Town)

Tallinn Eastonia from Toompea (Upper Town)

oh, that leads to

Indulging: buffet breakfast every day, pasta! (and more pasta), tasty Cinnamon pullys in Helnsinki; hotel; sleeping in, not having a schedule – the freedom to choose what feels right to do in the moment (with choices like go to the beach or the pool, visit Ravello or Positano, shopping or sights)

Best Pasta at Da Paolino Capri (where we had front row table when Mariah Carey came in!)

Best Pasta at Da Paolino Capri (where we had front row table when Mariah Carey came in!)

Appetizer spread at Beer Hall in Tallinn - AMAZING!

Appetizer spread at Beer Hall in Tallinn – AMAZING!

For more photos, visit our Jim & Vicki’s Travel Adventures shutterfly photo gallery, where there’s an album for Italy (Part 1) and Finland/Estonia (Part 2).

while you breathe

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While you breathe, SING.
While you live, LOVE.
While you work, SHINE.
While you walk, DANCE.
While you see, DREAM.

* Photo taken at Lake Koronis, Paynesville, MN. One of the wrens nesting in the lovely house below at the Wagner’s lake house.

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behind the urgency of now

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“The doorway to our next step of growth is always

behind the urgency of now….

What we need is always harshly and beautifully right before us,

disguised in the wrapping of our nearest urgency.” 

~Mark Nepo

* Photo taken at Lake Koronis, Paynesville, MN at sunrise – a moment when actually nothing felt urgent.

a deep listening and being open

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Presence is deep listening

and being open beyond one’s preconceptions

and historical ways of making sense.

~Peter Senge et al, Presence

* Photo taken at Wagner’s cabin on Lake Koronis, Paynesville, MN at sunset. It’s so easy to be present there.

one thing at a time

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“The shortest way to do many things

is to do one thing at a time.”

~Richard Cecile

* Photo taken on the walking path at the Meeker-Stearns Koronis Regional Park trail along the river during a relaxing morning walk with my friend Kate.