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A 15-Minute Meditation for Patience and Resolve

One of the greatest challenges, even in the best of times, is developing a sense of patience and equanimity in the face of uncertainty and discomfort. Life can frequently be uncertain and changing. Things that we don’t want to happen often do, and things that we want to happen sometimes don’t. What we can affect the most in ourselves is how we relate to that ongoing experience, and one way we can use to do that is with meditation for patience. Meditation itself directly urges the development of this type of patience. It’s not that we’re relaxed...

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Four Takeaways From PBS Movie: The Mindfulness Movement

This article is independently researched and written by the Mindful editors. However, we may earn affiliate revenue if you purchase via links included. So many images of people engaging in meditation focus on a single moment, when the subjects are at their most serene, as if nothing could disrupt their perpetual bliss. They look for all the world like people who have their lives together.  Of course, there’s nothing wrong with capturing a moment of feeling good, and mindfulness does often bring a sense of relaxation and inner calm.  However, it...

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20 Days in Mariupol

Share Two-minute film clips and sound bites don't tell the story. Reports on the television news or internet services can only cover a few of the developments in a war. Whether we want to learn what is going on in Ukraine or in Gaza we need to see what is happening on the ground. We need to hear from the people suffering in unimaginable ways. 20 Days in Mariupol recounts the first three weeks of the Russian attack on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in 2022. Ukrainian journalist Mstyslav Chernov directs, writes, and narratives footage taken ...

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The Crayons Love Our Planet

Share We have been fans of the Crayons series by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers since 2013, when The Day the Crayons Quit — a #1 New York Times bestseller — brought us an entertaining palette of grievances. Since then, this dynamic author-illustrator team has created The Day the Crayons Came Home, The Crayons' Book of Feelings, Love from the Crayons, seasonal Crayons books, and more. The latest volume offers blue oceans, green trees, white ice caps, and other familiar colors from nature that a child can delight in witnessing. It also places th...

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American Symphony

Share In early 2022, composer and instrumentalist Jon Batiste found himself in an admirable position. He was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards in multiple categories and he had a upcoming concert date at Carnegie Hall for the “American Symphony” he was writing. But excitement was tempered with the distressing news from his long-time partner, Suleika Jaouad. Her cancer which had been in remission for years was back, and she was facing a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy A writer, she had documented her earlier treatment for this cancer in a c...

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Life as an Art

Hindu Wisdom When the eyes and ears are open, even the leaves on the trees teach like pages from the Scriptures.— Kabir quoted in Legacy of the Heart by Wayne Muller Buddhist Wisdom Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a great tree in the midst of them all.— Buddha in Buddha’s Little Instruction Book by Jack Kornfield Catholic Wisdom It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in Zen and the Art of Mak...

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Chilly Mornings, Warm Souls: Stories from the Prahran Winter Breakfast

Artwork by: Nikita ZinovievWritten by: Vincent Chang The dawn had barely broken. If I squinted hard enough, I might have been able to catch a glimpse of the spire of Christ-Church jutting out at the edge of the sky, appearing even sharper in the winter rain. The air was cold, my stomach rumbled, and I dreamt of bed and breakfast at home. Then the church bells struck seven in the distance, and I heard the jingle of lock and key behind me. I picked up my bags and crossed the threshold of the dreary, brooding gloom into the warm, glowing corridors...

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Mind Your Boundaries

Share PrayerGod, our creator and sustainer, we give you thanks for the gift of boundaries. At the dawn of creation, you brought chaos into order by establishing boundaries between the heavens and the earth; between land, sea, and sky; between day and night; between the creatures of the world; between Eve and Adam. In both dwelling among us and withdrawing from us, you have shown us that honoring our need for rest and restoration is holy and that guarding ourselves from harmful relationships and activities is divine. Enable us this day to live i...

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Social Media Boundaries

Share Think about your different social media and technology accounts. What purpose do you want each to serve? Who do you want to be able to contact you and when? How much time do you want to spend on social media and screens each day? Take some time to get clear about this. Then start putting your boundaries in place. Compartmentalize your social media and technology use. Make use of smartphone and social media features such as screen time limits, blocking, muting, and lists. Give yourself permission to make your networks echo chambers, especi...

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Honor Your Limits

Share Reflect on the following questions, using a journal or a sheet of paper. What is your load-bearing capacity? You can define this however makes the most sense to you – either a number of hours or the number of responsibilities you can comfortably commit to without feeling overwhelmed. In which areas of your life or responsibilities are you overfunctioning? What are the signs that you are doing so? What might you need to release in order to operate within your limitations? —Chanequa Walker-Barnes in Sacred Self-Care

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Compassion Turned Inward

Share One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”Mark 12:28-31 PrayerGod of compassion, who cares for us with the tend...

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How to Train a Happy Mind

Share Scott Snibbe takes deep Tibetan Buddhist teaching, removes it from its religious framework, and offers it in the form of self-help advice, practice, and wisdom. The effect will be helpful to many people, and the project of doing so is “blessed” by none other than H.H. the Dalai Lama in the form of the book's foreword. Snibbe is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism whose teachers have included Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He is also the executive director of A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment (, a non-profit organization dedi...

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Spreading Self-Compassion

Share May the Lord cause you to increase and enrich your love for each other and for everyone in the same way as we also love you. May the love cause your hearts to be strengthened, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his people. Amen.1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13 Look for an opportunity to be a self-care ambassador today by encouraging another person to exercise self-compassion. For example, you might do the following: Acknowledge a person’s right to feel sad, angry, or anxious if they’re going t...

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Meditating on Stream of Conscious Moments

Share See your mind as a stream of conscious moments. Notice how each has a beginning that touches the past, an end that touches the future, and a middle with a duration. Cut a moment of consciousness in half. Then slice one of its halves again. Do this again and again until you break through to a singularity of time sliced infinitely thin. Here, there is no past because it’s already gone. And there is no future because it’s not here yet. Let go of your analysis and open yourself up to whatever direct experience you have, the mystery of the pre...

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Good Self-Care Shepherds

Share The LORD is my shepherd.I lack nothing.He lets me rest in grassy meadows;he leads me to restful waters;he keeps me alive.He guides me in proper pathsFor the sake of his good name.Even when I walkThrough the darkest valley,I fear no danger because you are with me.Your rod and your staff—they protect me.You set a table for meright in front of my enemies.You bathe my head in oil;my cup is so full it spills over!Yes, goodness and faithful lovewill pursue me all the days of my life,and I will live in the LORD’s houseas long as I live.Psalm 23 ...

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Self-Care is Sacred

Share Then God said, "Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth." God created humanity in God's own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.Genesis 1:26-27 PrayerGod of creation, in whose image we are beautifully and wonderfully made, teach us to embrace ourselves with the same nurture and care with which you tenderly sculpted us. Help us to overcome the barrie...

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Unwinding Your Anxiety Habit Loop

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of reading the same tips over and over about how to calm down and destress. I’m tired of trying to slow down my breathing when my chest feels heavy, and question the worst-case scenarios running around my head.  That’s why psychiatrist Judson Brewer’s new book Unwinding Anxiety is so refreshing. Yes, it has some tips—but they don’t come until much later in the book. In fact, his whole point is that tips alone won’t help those of us who struggle with anxiety.  Brewer shows how anxiety exists inside ...

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The Benefits of Meditating With Others

This article is independently researched and written by the Mindful editors. However, we may earn affiliate revenue if you purchase via links included. In the midst of the global pandemic that disrupted our routines and heightened stress levels, many people turned to meditation as a source of comfort, healing, and much-needed self-care in scary and uncertain times. Millions of people discovered the benefits of mindfulness, like deeper relaxation, heightened self-awareness, better sleep, and a more grounded sense of well-being. Plus, meditation ...

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Share Claim this small space of time as your own. Let yourself rest here for a few moments. For now nothing is required of you. Simply breathe: in, out; in, out. When you feel quieted, both in your mind and in your body, ask yourself what comes to mind when you hear the word surrender. Do you think of defeat, humiliation, loss of power, even entrapment? Or do you think of love, humility, the willingness to change, the commitment to make a difference in the world? If you feel a mixture of reactions, can you sift through them, determining their s...

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Share This is a chance to step back from your busy life. Spend a few moments letting go of all the concerns that have preoccupied you today. You can pick them up later – they won’t go anywhere – but for now, set them aside. Focus on your breath, listen to music, gaze at a candle or out the window, burn incense, or simply breathe the breeze that comes in through an open window. Do whatever helps you to quiet your mind and find a moment of peace. Let yourself rest in this moment for as long as you need to. When you are ready, picture another scen...

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About TAO of Light

Yoga is a practice for everyone because it meets you exactly where you are in the present moment. From beginner students to advanced yogis and everything in between, Tao of Light Yoga welcomes everybody at all levels of their journey. There is a place for everyone inside our studio and it is our goal to make each and every student feel at home. It is your time on your mat that is important to us. We, at Tao of Light, will create a space that provides modern comfort for an ancient practice. As both a yoga studio and a sangha, we honor the tradition of the practice while respecting the diversity and individual beliefs of our students.

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