Mid-Week Balance: 5 September 2012

Hello all.  I hope this edition of MWB finds you more rested than I am.  I had a wonderful family party over the long weekend.  Lots of connecting and laughing.  Not so much sleeping.  So, my spirit is recharged, but my body is a bit worn down.  Perhaps that is why I found myself so drawn to mentally restful posts this week.  This round-up is a giant grab-bag of mindfulness-related posts.  I have a variety of ways that you might choose to engage and “try on” mindfulness.  I hope you find one that connects.

Giant Grab-Bag of Mindfulness

From Dr. Elisha Goldstein comes an overview of one of my very favorite meditation practices.  Lovingkindness is a translation of a Buddhist concept, and it is one of the most compassionate and gentle practices I have ever experienced.  One teacher described it as “heart expanding,” and that feels accurate to me.  This overview of lovingkindness is a good introduction.

Dr. Ashley Solomon offers her own experience in trying to understand the principle of  “non-attachment.”  She includes a lovely parable that helps to understand this concept.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits invites us to consider mindfulness from another perspective in his exploration of how to bring an attitude of mindfulness to your cleaning and decluttering.

Christy Matta, MA explores how to apply the principles of mindfulness to help you relax when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

Linda Esposito, LCSW explores how mindfulness can help us overcome our tendency to try to deny difficult challenges.

Not Quite Mindfulness, But Closely Related

While she is not specifically mentioning mindfulness, Jen Gresham does draw on the idea of being present in our experiences as she explores some lessons she learned over her summer vacation.

And finally, I could not resist this post from Rosie Molinary inviting us to explore the idea that other people’s behavior is more about their issues than it is about us.

And yes, I know, this is the third week in a row that I have had a ton of posts to share.  Please don’t feel overwhelmed.  I just keep finding good stuff!   As always, please feel free to share your own favorites for the week.

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